Clematis

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  1. Victoria

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    Don't ask why, but I bought some Clematis seeds from Germany ... they are big blousey red, white and blue. With afterthought I have read up on them. Please don't tell me you have to stratiify and wait 1-3 years for them to germinate! Can I just bung them in and hope for the best?

    The other seeds I got were Plumeria. :doh:

    I was having a very senior moment me'thinks! :rolleyespink:
     
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    • Michael Hewett

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      I've never tried them @Victoria but I think they need a few weeks and plenty of warmth and moisture to germinate. I've never heard of having to stratify them.
       
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        Also never tried them from seed or had much success from cuttings/layering .

        There are so many mixed views about germinating them on the web its hard to know whos right ?

        Think we would sow a few in soil/compost as with most seeds and some in the bag /paper towel method which we sometimes use on seeds with hard shells like Sweet Peas.
         
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          @Victoria I've tried some of the species and had success with C redheriana, C tangutica and C coactilis others like C lahdakiana and C naupalensis were complete non starters (old seed?).
          I started in spring with the tomato seeds at about 20°C never a high germination rate,but enough for me.
          I would try a variety of methods.
          Old Mans Beard C vitalba comes up like a weed in my garden.
           
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