I love clematis and I always seem to be able to find room for a new one in my yard. Of course my craving for more plants does not always work with my gardening budget. As luck would have it, I have found a way to increase the quantity of some of my favourites vines. The process is called layering.
In order to layer a clematis, choose a flexible piece of the vine and pin it into the ground. I suggest using a landscape staple to do the pinning and bend the vine at the point where it is pinned. The hole that you put the bent vine into should be about 4 inches deep. Eventually the bent vine will form roots. Once this happens it can be separated from the Mother vine. If you decide to give this a try, make sure that the soil is not too hard, if it loosen it up and add some peat moss. Also remember to water the pinned area.
Have fun giving this a try. It is always enjoyable to experiment and if you end up with more of your favourite clematis…even better.
It is also possible to multiply some vines by taking a cutting and rooting it into wet sand. Add a little bit of rooting hormone and keep the sand moist. It will take approximately six weeks to have a new vine with some good roots.