How to Collect Clematis Seeds


The dramatic sizes and shapes of clematis flowers make it a popular plant among gardeners who enjoy the view of their vines in bloom. However, growing beautiful plants from seed is a great way to make use of the fragrant and colorful blooms. Clematis plants, with their large flowers in hundreds of varieties are a vibrant addition to any portion of your yard and landscaping. While it's easy to collect clematis seeds, you'll want to store and label them properly to help you keep track of all of your future seedlings.

Step 1

Check your blooms once they are spent to look for signs of seeds ripening. You should be able to tell this when the seed heads are dry and the seeds have turned brown.

Step 2

Hold the seed head over your bowl or can, and gently pry at the seed head to let the dry, loose seeds drop away. The seeds should fall into your bowl.

Step 3

Use a different collecting bowl for each clematis variety you collect from and keep track of which bowl has which variety in it.

Step 4

Remove the seed tail, or fluffy portion, from the seeds. If the seed doesn't separate easily from the seed tail, use your scissors to carefully remove it without damaging the seed.

Step 5

Label a blank seed packet with the type of clematis seeds you have and the date you collected them. Be sure to write clearly. These seeds can be used immediately or stored.

Step 6

Store your seeds in the packets or envelopes in a cool, dry place. This could be in a cabinet or closet away from the changing temperatures and humidity of the kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep bowl or coffee can (cleaned)
  • Scissors
  • Seed packets or small envelopes
  • Pencil


  • An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis; Mary Toomey, Everett Leeds; 2001
  • Clematis for Small Spaces; Raymond Evison; 2007
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Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.