Growing clematis from seed can be exciting. Learn how to grow clematis from seed, and enjoy new and unique clematis hybrids in your garden.

Growing a clematis plant from seed will result in a different plant than the parent plant, if you are growing from hybrid seeds.

Clematis seed heads will vary in their appearance, depending on the cultivar and stage of maturity.

When fully ripe these seed heads are soft and fluffy in appearance, and consist of swirls of multiple feathery seed pods with attached tails.

Clematis seed pods consist of the seed itself, also known as the achene. Most often there will be a feathery tail attached to the seed pod as well.

When they are fully mature, the clematis seed pods separate easily from the seed heads, with just a gentle touch or slight breeze.

After harvesting the seed, place in a dry container or envelope to store until you are ready to plant.

Clematis can be easy to grow and germinate, however some clematis seeds can take a long time, with germination time frames of six months, up to three years!

Stratification can help with germination. To stratify, place some seed into a baggie with moist vermiculite, and then place in the fridge for thirty days.

Sow clematis seeds, with or without the tails intact. Cover with planting mix or vermiculite.

Place on a heat mat and keep moist until germination occurs. Grow on under lights until ready to plant out in spring.

As the tiny seedlings grow they can be removed from the cell tray and potted up into a pot of their own.

As with most perennials, it can take two to three years to grow clematis from seed to achieve maturity and blooming size.

Clematis seedlings should be planted out into the garden when the risk of all frost has passed.

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