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Propagating Clematis by Softwood Cuttings


March 19, 1998 Kelli wrote: I have a cutting from a Clematis,I have it in water. The buds that were on it are going but I'm not getting any roots. Could you please help! Thank you,Kelli

A Clematis Armandii 'Snowdrift' in Bloom
In your letter you didn't mention how long that your cutting had been in the water. I haven't had much luck trying to root cuttings in water myself, but I am reasonably certain that you can expect the process to take at least 3-4 weeks, possibly longer. I prefer to do cuttings in vermiculite or damp sand myself, after dipping the cutting in a rooting hormone. Whether you are using sand, vermiculite or water, be sure to keep the medium at about 70-75 degrees, and be patient. If the buds are growing, I'm sure that the roots will follow. Good luck,