Clematis is a showy flowering vine that is beloved by fervent gardeners everywhere. Many clematis enthusiasts enjoy propagating clematis from vines they already own. They sometimes propagate clematis for use as gifts, but more often it’s because they may have a particularly beautiful specimen that they want to multiply and place elsewhere in the garden or along the bottom of a trellis. Whatever the purpose, propagating clematis requires some expertise to get right, but will a little practice and patience, anyone can do it.
- Start With a Healthy Plant
The parent plant, or the one that is to be propagated, should be in a healthy condition to start with. Trying to propagate an unhealthy plant is a futile endeavor; whatever is ailing the parent plant may simply get passed down to the child plant. Just as humans have gene, there is a gene makeup to all living things, including plants. Even if the sickly parent plant is suffering from something that isn’t genetic, any insect infestations may also cause the child plant to succumb. Start with a parent plant that displays healthy traits, such as a deep green, sturdy stem and rich green leaves.
- Choose the Best Time
The best time to propagate clematis is during the early warmer months, after the last day of frost, but before the hottest days of summer arrive. This is the time of year when clematis are in what could be called a growth spurt. They are out of winter hibernation, and are not yet subjected to the withering heat of high summer.
- Use Disinfected Tools
Since the propagation process necessitates cutting into the meat of the stem, it’s crucial to use clean, disinfected tools. Otherwise, bacteria could be introduced into the parent plant and the cutting, causing both plants to perish from the infection.