Late spring, early summer is the time to take cuttings from established Clematis vines. I’m no expert at this but found a few people who are so check out their pages (links at the bottom) that are illustrated and show you step by step how to do it. Although, this year I planted a healthy young Clematis plant. Purchased for 10 lei (around 2EU or 2.50US), the variety is Clematis alpina.
In previous years I grew a couple of different varieties, one with purple flowers which I don’t know the name of that one, and the other pink and white flowers – Nelly Moser – when I had a small garden. Since starting a garden on the balcony I tried the pink and white flowered variety. The first year it was in a location that it grew well but I moved it the following year because I wanted to grow a vine that would climb on the wall. It grew it was too hot in its new location and didn’t return.
The second was more successful and grew on a trellis, it also had more light and was at the top of my small veggie plot. The first grew up alongside my house on the northside and nearby was a hydrangea and hosta. As the plants alongside it expanded with the years, the clematis struggled and finally gave up. Since it was facing north too, it never was as strong as it could’ve been. It did last a few years, yet the plant never was prolific. One planting tip is that the root should not be buried too deep and the lower area of the vine should be shaded.
How to take cuttings-
Happy Balcony Gardening! Please share any of your experiences in the comments below.