Be A Pro Gardener And See How To Take Clematis Cuttings Here

Growing plants from cuttings is a really popular move! Take roses for example! Or even monstera plants! Every flower gardener has, at some point, experienced the joy of growing clematis. If you already have one in your garden, you’re probably planning on adding another! It’s difficult not to like this plant. When you buy such a plant, chances are you’re very likely getting an established one with good root and leaf joint structure.

Plant of pink clematis in a wooden wall

But, did you know that you can propagate clematis from cuttings? It’s quite easy to perform and will provide you with small to large blossoms. If you are new to this, continue reading to learn more about how to do proper cuttings, keep the roots cool and fertilise them properly. Above all, you will realise how simple it is to succeed with the “queen of climbers.”

About clematis

Clematis is one of the most popular perennial climbing plants that provides height and colour all time of year. There are approximately 300 different species of clematis vines. They come in a wide range of sizes and are easy to grow. Blossoming occurs from late winter to early autumn, with some species putting on two spectacular shows during the growing season!

This plant is beneficial to wildlife because it covers walls, fences, and trellis with leaves and flowers that give refuge for insects and birds. Pollinators visit some clematis blossoms, while house sparrows may utilise the fluffy seed heads of Clematis tangutica cultivars as nesting material.

When is the right time to take clematis cuttings?

Pink clematis

Start in late spring, and your cuttings will be ready to plant out in the summer after a few weeks of rooting. When taking cuttings, you must choose the appropriate season. It’s critical to know when to take clematis cutting portions if you want to be successful. You can grow from a stem that you cut on average between late spring and the end of summer. Depending on the age of the stem, the cuttings you take will be given different names:

  1. The stem cuttings made in the spring are referred to as softwood cuttings.
  2. Semi-ripe wood is what you get when you take a cutting in the summer.
  3. Ripe wood is what you get when you take a cutting in the late summer.
  4. Hardwood cuttings is the term for a cutting taken in the autumn.

How to prepare clematis 

Beautiful pink clematis flower

All you have to do to prepare the cuttings is to clip just above a pair of leaves and then around 2.5-5 cm below. The stem below the leaves and buds is pushed into the compost to root, and the two buds at the top will expand to produce a new plant once roots have established. 

To prevent the foliage from drying out, the cuttings must be maintained moist and under humid circumstances in order to root. For this, a small propagator in a shady place of the greenhouse should serve the purpose.

How to take cuttings

If you have a clematis and want to take cuttings to root and create new flowering vines, there is a simple method that works well and we’ll go over it in great depth further down.


Hnad cutting clematis

  1. In spring or summer, you take a part of the plant branch from the current year’s growth and split it into smaller sections, removing the side branches. 
  2. Once you start propagating it, you can use an existing mature plant, divide it in half, then transplant the two halves to create more.
  3. There are a few additional options available, one of which is called layering. You can apply this method by pinning the stem of a living vine that you currently have in your garden to the ground. You’ll keep it held in place until the stem develops its own roots. If you already have a clematis in the ground and wish to grow others nearby, this method works well since you can pin one of the stems nearby and it will root exactly where you want it.

How to propagate clematis from cuttings

The propagation of plants from cuttings can be very effective in increasing the number of plants you have, and a single stem can yield numerous plants.

  1. If you’re going to cut softwood, pick an established vine that’s at least 2 years old. Look for cuttings that have thickened and are a few weeks old. These will not be very powerful or woody, but they will be tough. Also, any branches with buds or flowers on them should be avoided.
  2. As soon as you have them, make sure you prepare them right away. Fill pots halfway with potting mix (50% grit sand), and water to ensure that they are correctly set in an even manner. Place the cuttings on a drip tray to allow the water to drain, and then dip each one in rooting hormone to aid in their establishment before placing them in the container and potting soil.
  3. Once they’re in the bottom of the pot, cover them with clear plastic bags, but make sure the plastic doesn’t come into contact with the cutting. Chopsticks or pencils may be required to keep it upright. The goal here is to build miniature greenhouses.
  4. After that, re-water the cuttings and keep them totally covered to keep them moist and warm while also allowing for air circulation. New roots should appear in four weeks, at which point you may start planting your new plants in individual pots and eventually move them to your garden.


You can pot the new plants when the roots are 6 cm tall or a strong shoot is developing from the leaf node, but be careful as some cultivars generate little, weak shoots long before they root. This aids in maintaining the new growth momentum required to establish a healthy plant for the upcoming winter. Make sure you’re using the right kind of compost (the weakest). It’s a mistake to use strong, nutrient-rich compost since it will scorch the developing roots.

Little girl taking care of clematis flowers in the garden

Another typical blunder is over-potting. It is far better to move from a small to medium rather than a large one, ensuring that the roots have utilised up the majority of the compost provided by the last repotting.

Large-flowered hybrids should not be planted until the second summer, as they need to be protected through the winter in a greenhouse. However, there are several fast-growing species in the UK that can be considered an exception, such as C. Montana and C. Tangutica and their derivatives, as well as Viticella cultivars. 


Typically, direct sunlight is OK, but keep the roots sheltered at all times. If you can’t, then filtered sunshine is desirable to avoid any damages.


This plant thrives in well-drained, compost-rich soil. Make sure that you keep that in mind if you want to see yours flourishing without any problems.

Temperature and humidity

This popular perennial species thrives in a wide range of climates, including the majority of the UK, returning every spring and summer following a cold or even frigid winter.


When the soil is dry, water it, but don’t overdo it. The plant thrives in soil that is kept equally moist around its roots.

Female hands spraying with water clematis plants


In spring and summer, non-organic growers replace compost with applications of a commercial balanced fertiliser such as 10-10-10. Mulch the plant’s base to keep the roots cool.

Transferring the new clematis roots to soil

As soon as your new roots start to appear, you can prepare the hole in which they will be placed. Make sure it’s big enough and deep enough to hold all of the root systems. Mix in some organic material, such as worm castings or sphagnum peat moss, with the soil you’ll be using to fill the hole.

If you’re worried about acidic soil, you can also add some garden lime. Fill a large bucket or wheelbarrow halfway full of water in order to put the plant in once you dig it up, depending on how long your clematis has been planted and how many roots you will expect.

You should prune the plant to almost half a metre from the ground. This will make it easier to carry and direct the plant’s energy to the roots rather than the vines.

Purple clematis in a wooden wall

If possible, use a root stimulator to move your plant to its new place. Adding a root stimulator to the water in the bucket or wheelbarrow will help your clematis recover from transplant shock.

Allow the clematis to sit in the water and root stimulator for a few minutes. After that, put the roots in the hole and gradually fill it with your soil mixture. To prevent air pockets, press the soil down around the roots. Plant clematis vines a little deeper than you normally would. Its crown and base branches will benefit from being protected under a loose layer of soil. Now all you have to do is water your clematis and wait for it to acclimate to its new environment.

Clematis has a lot of aesthetic value purely for its looks. By following these gardening tips, you know now what it takes to do proper cuttings and propagation. Above all, you know all the ideal conditions for cuttings to root well so that you can avoid most mistakes that gardeners fall victim to.

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