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Found on my home from the gym today some branches of this clematis that seemed to have been ripped off so I thought I try to propagate them. From a quick google the best approach seems to be to cut back the leaves and then make a heal at the bottom of the cutting, dip it in rooting hormone and pop in a pot. Would this be what the consensus is and should I leave the pot outside in a sheltered position or keep it indoors until it has tooted. I probably have material for about five six cuttings.


No advice. All mine have died. Lots over the years. Just give it a try. Good luck


Here in Bristol they seem to do well. They have all gone into gritty compost and been put outside. Fingers crossed.

Managed two years ago to take a cutting from a blue clematis which is in a big pot, dies back every year but never produces more than two leaves. Very odd.


I'm not much of a hand with cuttings. Keep trying though


Sam, you've left yourself open for a lot of questions there

Mine hasn't broken so I can choose my time. When would you take the cuttings if you had a choice?



Sam12 - an expert - fantastic !! You could end up being swamped by questions here !

I have tried the method you suggested last autumn - all are now officially deceased (got fed up waiting so pulled up to see what was happening - not a lot)

Are you meant to cover them with a propagator lid ?  And how long should it take for them to show signs of life ?  Will also be interested in your answer to nut's question about when is the best time.

How about running us through a masterclass ?  (or would that be too much like a busman's holiday)


Many thanks Sam.  Its the patience and perseverance bit that I think I am having trouble with !


Great advice Sam -will be very useful for lots of people 

The shade bit is probably the most useful thing then as you don't always think of giving the cuttings heat but shade at the same time. I'll definitely remember that! I've tried same method with honeysuckle but  they didn't take so I'm guessing a little more shade would have helped there too.

Gardening Grandma

i've tried quite a few times with little success, following much of this advice, but not using heat. When I have succeeded, it has been with a more mature stem with a junction and two stems growing out of that. The junction between them has rooted, if that makes any sense.


Thanks Sam-I'll remember that in future! That's definitely where I went wrong- I had a nice little array of them but shade with heat wasn't what I did! 

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