The Q&A Archives: Clematis

Question: Anyone know how you can propgate clematis? Tried layering last year but no luck. About a week ago a few pieces of 2 of mine broke off and I put them in water. So far no wilting, and they are sprouting from the tops.
No roots yet, but they look very healthy.

Answer: Layering is usually the most successful route with clematis but I've heard from gardeners who have rooted them in water and in wet florist's foam. The key is humidity around the cuttings (which you'll get with an open vase or glass of water or with florist's foam). I'd continue to coax your cuttings into developing roots by simply leaving the plants alone (aside from replenishing the water as it evaporates). I'll bet they'll root in another 2-3 weeks. Good luck with your project!

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