Repair a vine? - Knowledgebase Question

Hillsdale, NJ
Question by LaProv
June 8, 2006
Tried to find in your Q&A, but nothing quite matches... I have a glorious clematis that I just discovered has a couple of severely bent-to-broken vines near the base! The flowers have started blooming and I am so unhappy!!! I noticed one of them was dead near the top, and when I traced it back, thats when I found the breaks... The one is gone, but the other hasnt seemed to have died... Is there anything I can do to repair it?
In general, is it possible to splice vines like grafting or somesuch???
Jean A.

Answer from NGA
June 8, 2006


Clematis can be grafted, yes. In this case you can try to mend it. Align the broken vine as exactly as you can (the goal is matching cambium to cambium), wrap it with electrical tape, then seal with wax. When the vine has had time to heal and begins growing normally again, remove the tape. The odds of this being successful are not all that high, but no harm in trying.

I wonder, though, if this is damage due to wind, a bunny nibbling, or if this is a case of clematis wilt. Here is some information about it.

If you do have to cut it back below the break, it should regrow relatively quickly due to the established root system. Good luck!

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