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Many climbers do well from cuttings, having a natural tendency to root easily from their stems. A slightly different technique is required for taking cuttings of climbers than when taking cuttings from shrubs and trees.
Many climbers lend themselves well to propagation from cuttings. Ivy, passion flower, Campsis, Celastrus, Clematis, Humulus, Lonicera, Solanum and Trachelospermum are just a few examples.
Most climbers do well from semi-ripe cuttings, which are selected from the current season’s growth. The base of the cutting should be hard, while the tip is still soft. This material is available in late summer, but suitable material can usually be found until mid-autumn.
The technique is very similar to that for basic semi-ripe cuttings, but is modified to create double leaf-bud cuttings:
Hardening off plants
If cuttings don’t work, consider layering, and also remember to save seed from species such as Clematis tangutica and Eccremocarpus scaber.
Fungal moulds and rots can cause severe losses. Fungicide dips are no longer available, but regularly removing diseased material and ensuring good ventilation to help remove excess moisture (without allowing the cuttings to wilt) can help.
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