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This site has been here a few years now but the information is still every bit as valid.
Over the next few weeks I will be tidying and updating the site
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Clematis from seed - new plants info and photos
A seedling from 2000
Note: LFH = Large-flowered hybrid
The house in May - click to enlarge
You don't need to be an expert to grow clematis from seed; even ordinary amateurs such as you or I can manage it! It does require some patience, but not that much. Get your seeds sown today! Every large-flowered hybrid seed germinated will produce new, unique blooms; you will be the first person to observe these brand-new and usually very beautiful flower forms!
What the chances are of producing something different, or interesting, in terms of the flowers; who knows? But you might or might not be lucky. Nevertheless, there is always some magic in experiencing the opening of the first flowers of a new Clematis plant you have grown or hybridised yourself - every time!
Seedling G73K reaches the critical point! May 2001
development can be rapid.
Some seedlings can flower in the first year, although first-year flowers (and sometimes second) are not always representative of the final form.
About this site
This site is just a summary of some new large-flowered hybrids, as they come to flower, together with some species plants, and other various clematis plants, all grown from seed from several sources (my plants, British Clematis Society Seed Exchange; International Clematis Society Seed Exchange; ad-hoc private sources; correspondence with other amateurs; contacts home & abroad, etc).
The purpose of the site is to serve as a reference point for any other amateurs who happen to be raising their first seedlings.
2001 saw the addition of a number of new plants; large-flowered hybrids, species (especially seed acquired as C. texensis) and other hybrid clematis plants, from various sources. 2002 also saw the addition of a further batch of various large-flowered hybrids, and species, plants. 2003 added about 60 new large-flowered hybrids and 30 or 40 species and other hybrid plants. 2004 will amount to approximately 45 new large flowered hybrids (not all on site) plus several species plants. For 2005 the emphasis will be on species and hybrids. 2006 & 2007, 2008 & 2009 archives summarise activities since. See the Updates page for site changes.
'introduction' page an "Overview" page
summarises the main points; this is followed by individual pages covering
specific aspects: including
acquisition of seed;
details and data;
details of the manner of
growth of clematis, pictures of the
stages of growth
from seedling to flowering plant;
additional more-detailed notes on dealing with
seedlings in their first year;
notes on growing larger numbers of plants;
pictures of the large-flowered hybrid plants raised in
2000 and previous years, followed by new plants flowering in
Year 2003 and
Year 2004; then
Other clematis plants; Several
Year 2008 and 2009
have been added, to accommodate more-general clematis-related items of
interest; plus a
links page to get you quickly to the other main clematis
web-sites. If you look at the 'site map' you'll get the
quickest picture of what is where. You can move around the site from the menu
there, or from each main page - there are links at the top of each page.
Finally, there is a
Guestbook, in which
suggestions or comments
may be entered.
Most images are "thumbnails" - click on the small image and it will enlarge. Suggestions welcome, and if you spot any information you consider incorrect, or requiring clarification, please let me know.
If you like this web site
you might enjoy taking a look at the British Clematis Society web site, or the
International Clematis Society web site; there are links to both on the
page (click on the link and you're there). Both organisations are keen to help with any
queries or problems.
If you want to read some really interesting material on clematis a suggestion I can make is to get hold of the above Societies' past Journals. The articles from the older Journals are invaluable for amateurs, because often they are the personal experiences and records of some of the world's best and most renowned breeders, over many years. A good example being the articles by the late Uno Kivistik, as per the above-mentioned site.
Joining a Clematis Society is well worth while.
If you join the Clematis
Societies you will receive the Journals each year, as they are published.
(At present the I.Cl.S. is making available back-copies of it's annual Journal,
which are an absolute "must" to purchase. In the post today (18/05/00) (some
time ago now!) has arrived the I.Cl.S. annual Journal "Clematis
International". Yes, I put down everything to read it, cover-to-cover, first thing.
Again an absolutely superb publication, including articles on growing clematis from seed;
also many other items of news and interest from around the clematis world).
In addition, there are interesting members' study days and meetings, where you can often purchase plants, and meet other people who are interested in clematis. The costs are modest, and you get access to the "seed exchange", which is a straightforward route to acquiring and growing a wider range of species and hybrids. You can join "on-line" at the web sites, or by post, or at many garden shows, in Summer.
As an example
of an interesting website, I'd especially recommend visiting the (updated) KIVISTIK site, it's more than
worth a look. The photographs of Roogoja are interesting, to say the least. There is a direct link
here - click on the link and you're there.
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You can cross-pollinate clematis yourself. Its easy to learn how, and you become more confident after a couple of tries. You don't need technical equipment or a degree in Botany, just some care. Recently the B.C.S. published a good point-by-point "method", which is ideal for anyone considering this undertaking.
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