Answer: Based upon your discription, I'd venture to guess that the seeds in question are Wisteria, not Clematis. Wisteria is a member of the Legume family, producing long pods of flat, dark brown seeds. Try germinating the seeds in the following manner; chip the seedcoat by nicking an area opposite the 'eye', then soaking the seed overnight in warm water. These pre-treatments will allow water to penetrate the seedcoat and begin the process of germination. Plant the seeds 1/8 inch deep in moistened seed starting mix, then cover the tray or pot with plastic wrap to help hold in moisture. Wisteria seeds will germinate in 30-60 days when kept at 55F - 65F degrees. If you have more than one seed, treat the second one as a Clematis by planting 1/8 inch deep in moistened seed starting mix and providing warmth. Clematis seeds will germinate in 30-270 days when kept at 70F - 75F degrees.
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