Clematis Seed Planting Instructions


Growing clematis from seeds is a worthwhile endeavor that takes patience and dedication. Seeds can take several years to germinate, though most gardeners find some success in the first six months. Clematis seeds must be stored in a dark place, and go through several freezes and thaws to germinate properly. They produce large flowers in a great variety of colors---red, orange, yellow, white and purple---and can bloom within their first year of growth.

Step 1

Collect fluffy seed heads in autumn before they turn fully brown. Pinch off the fluffy tail from the base of the seed.

Step 2

Fill a shallow pot with 70% compost and 30% perlite. Be sure the pot provides good drainage.

Step 3

Spread the seeds evenly over the top layer of soil. Cover with a ½-inch layer of perlite.

Step 4

Slowly pour water over the seeds until it leaks out of the bottom. Continue to keep the soil moist with frequent light watering or daily misting. Never allow seeds to sit in standing water.

Step 5

Place in a cool, dark place. Germination can take anywhere from 6 months to three years. Once seedlings emerge, transplant into a bigger pot and keep away from direct sunlight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Store seeds in a shady place outdoors or refrigerator during the winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Perlite
  • Compost
  • Shallow container
  • Water
  • Spray bottle


  • Garden Action: Clematis
  • Clematis International
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.