How To Collect Seeds from Clematis

Gardening is often a labor of love. For the true gardener considering nurturing clematis from seed to bloom, it is essential to properly collect the seeds. Follow these instructions for how to collect seeds and you will be adding new clematis blooms to your garden in no time at all.

Can or dish for collecting seeds

  1. Identify the seeds. Clematis plants are flowering vines that bloom in a variety of brilliant colors. The flowers bloom in a variety of shapes as well but the petals are often long and pointed rather than round. Clematis in bloom should provide easy access to the center for easy collection of seeds.
  2. Check to make certain the seeds are ready for collecting. Seeds should be collected in the fall. The seeds need to be dark brown and dry before they are collected and stored. Do not try to collect the seeds early since they will not be ripe enough to germinate.
  3. Carefully collect the seeds. Place the can or dish under the seed head. Gently tug on the seeds and they should fall easily into your container. Store the seeds in a dark, cool place during the winter.
  4. Be patient. Clematis seeds can take a while to germinate. The process usually takes from one to three years before germination occurs. Once it does, the clematis will need some tender loving care but you should get a great bloom.

Most clematis can be found on pergolas and trellises. This blooming vine excels as a centerpiece for any garden without overwhelming the other blooms. If you properly collect the seeds in the fall and then plant them the following spring, you should eventually see these bright, cheerful blooms in your garden. For a clematis seed exchange and more information about recognizing and caring for your clematis, visit the International Clematis Society.


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