Evergreen clematis is a cultivar of the clematis vine plant. Evergreen clematis retains its green colour even throughout the winter, which makes it a good choice for gardeners who want to have a vibrant garden all year round. Also called Armand's clematis, evergreen clematis can be propagated at home. Growing evergreen clematis from a cutting is one way to make sure the conditions are perfect for creating a strong, healthy clematis plant that will grow well for years.
Make an even mixture of peat moss, sand and perlite for planting the evergreen clematis. This mixture provides adequate drainage, root support and nutrients for the young evergreen clematis.
Fill a planter with the potting mixture. Evergreen clematis can be grown indoors for a full season, or transplanted outside once the plant is large enough to be trained along a fence, light post or trellis. Choose a planter that will be big enough to hold the clematis while it grows.
Dig a small hole in the planter where the evergreen clematis will be grown. Place a dowel or sturdy stick near the hole to provide a place for the clematis to lean against so that it is trained to grow vertically.
Examine the evergreen clematis cutting before planting it. Check the plant for signs of disease or damage, like wilting leaves, insect damage or broken portions of the cutting. Do not use sick cuttings, as they can spread disease to the rest of the garden or die before reaching maturity.
Moisten the cut end of the evergreen cutting and dip it in the root hormone powder to begin the stimulation of root growth. Root hormones will help the plant develop a strong, healthy root system.
Place the cutting in the soil so that the roots are covered by at least an inch of soil. Cover the roots and water the plant immediately.
Keep the evergreen clematis where it will receive partial sunlight all day. Most clematis plants can tolerate full sunlight, but cuttings are easier to scorch or weaken with direct light and heat.
Water the evergreen clematis daily or every other day, as long as the soil remains moist to the touch. Do not allow the plant to dry out. Do not add too much water to the plant, as this can promote the growth of harmful fungi.
Things you need
- Root hormone
- Evergreen clematis cutting
- Washington State University: Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees and Vines From Stem Cuttings
- Ohio State University Ohioline Fact Sheet: Growing Clematis
- Clemson University Extension: Clematis
- North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service: Plant Propagation by Stem Cutting