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Start from Seed

August 7th, 2018

Last fall I visited the Johnny’s Selected Seeds Research Farm and saw a clematis vine with the puffy seed heads. I plucked one off and brought it home to try starting a vine from the seeds. After putting them in flats and watering them throughout the winter, nothing happened. Before composting them, I decided to put them on heating mats with my spring seedlings.

Low and behold, they started germinating. Two germinated on the mats, one survived and is about two inches tall now. The other one didn’t make it. I left the flat under the grow lights and I have three more seeds that have germinated and look like they will make it. I’ve tried starting clematis from seed in the past, but never had any luck. I’m thinking that I just haven’t been patient enough. Some of the seeds are just germinating, which means it’s been almost a year that they’ve been in the flat of soil.

I had no idea what the clematis was going to look like, there were no blooms left on the vine when I gathered the seed pod. When I went back two weeks ago I spotted the vine, with blooms:

Will my clematis look like this? Who knows. I’m excited to see what the flowers look like when it does bloom, most likely two years from now. I’ll keep you updated on this fun experiment as time goes on. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my vine will look just like the one pictured above, the yellow blooms are stunning!!!

Do you like to start things from seed?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.