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Hi, Can anyone give me any tips on rooting clematis cuttings.  I had watched Carol Klein explaining how to take the cuttings and thought I had followed her instructions.  Although I had taken several cuttings and kept them in the cold frame covered with fleece over the winter not one of them had taken.  Can anyone tell me what if anything I have done wrong or am I just unlucky?


I have failed several times with the large flowered ones so will be watching this thread with interest !  Did once succeed with a Montana though ....


When did you take the cuttings, lavenderlass?  I usually take them in late summer, keeping them in a warm place (bottom heat is ideal) out of direct sunliight with grit on the top of the pot until they are rooted, then put in a cold frame over winter.  About a quarter to a third of them usually take.


I was going to say that clematis cuttings are usually taken when the plant is growing strongly July/August. but B the G has said it

Gardening Grandma

I have only ever succeeded with a semi-ripe cutting that had a nice fresh shoot growing out of it. The junction between the two rooted. I think that was in August.

The missing ingredient was bottom heat, I think. Thanks for the information, Bob.



Have to confess that  I only ever succeded when I had heating cables in the cuttings frome too.


I have more luck pegging down stems for layering. I think I did a viticella to root once.


Yes, I too would suggest layering. Also much more success with viticellas in general.


Layerings need far less looking after as well

relieved to see its not just me who doesnt suceed with these cuttings.will try the bottom heat in clematis but so does our rogue rabbit!how can i keep it off?

Many thanks to you all for the advice.  After reading it all I think I maybe took them too late end of September/October and then put them straight into a cold frame, not realising they need bottom heat.  Maybe I'll try again this year but a bit earlier and try and provide some heat.

try layering, expose a piece of stem by slicing with a Stanley knife place slightly under the soil and either place a brick on top or peg down,provided the stem is in contact with the soil it will produce new roots, you can do one/two or more at the same time.

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