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Hi, I was wanting to start some climatis plants from seeds, does anyone have any experiance,input on this? I live in the Florida Panhandle and have a large deck/lattice area and thought these would look great. I have looked online for climatis plants but it seems it would be very expensive for how many plants I would need. I am a newby with a new small greenhouse and I'm busting at the seams trying to revamp my yard for next year. I know it is way to hot to use now but I also have a grow station set up in my diningroom.
I have never started Clematis from seeds before but have produced many plants from cuttings which are easy, you get the exact same plant as the parent you took the cuttings from and within 2 years they are ready to flower.
The full proof way for these cuttings is to take a long stem, unwind it from the frame or whatever it's attaches to and drop it down to the soil, scrape away some of the soil, place the stem into the dent in the soil leaving about 6-8 inches of stem above the soil, add a small garden cane to tie the short stem too and prevent it getting eaten or trod on while it roots, replace the soil you scarped away and make a wire bent pin (like a ladies hair slide) you need to place this over the stem, this will hold the stem in place or you could use a stone placed on top of the soil, all your doing is making sure nothing can disturb the stem at the soil level, water well and next spring, scrape some soil away (very carefuly) you dont want to disturb the roots if any are formed, if no roots are there, leave and check several months later, if rooted, cut the stem away from parent plant (make sure you cut the stem closet to the LONG part and not the short stem as many folks do by mistake (yeh LIKE MEEEEEE) or you need to restart the whole prosses.
The other way to take cuttings is the same as for any plant except for Clematis you cut the stem between the leaf axel so when you place the cutting into the potting compost you have a bout 3-4 inch of stem and place theis deep enough so that the leaf axel is sitting JUST onto the soil, for both these methods you make sure to keep the soil watered but NOT water logged,
With the second methos you can place a couple of sticks into the pot and place a clear polly bag over the pot to preserve some moisture and the polly bag dont sit wet on the foliage to cause rot.
Hope this helps you decide a bit as to method of getting more plants of the clematis family. good luck, WeeNel.