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