Help me make a new clematis plant
With the move less than a month away, it's time to get serious about figuring out how we're going to transfer the perennials from the plot to the new backyard. We'll first move our worldly possessions from apartment to house, and then we'll spend some time designing our new garden. My goal is to get our perennials from here to there all in one piece and in time enough to allow them to settle into the ground before the first frost. We're staying in the same grow zone (USDA Zone 7), so everything that grows here should also grow at the new house.
My Sweet Autumn Clematis is one of the plants I'd like to take to our new home. Actually, it's not "my" clematis; it's Sarah's, the woman who occupied the plot before me. Perhaps it was planted by someone even before her.
I have grown to love that clematis plant as if I'd planted it here with my own two hands. All through the summer it slowly stretches its leafy tendrils, draping a thick green blanket over the fence between the my plot and Elana's. In September that blanket will burst into white -- a snowfall of tiny star-shaped flowers.
Rather than digging out the whole plant, my plan is to start a new one from a cutting. I did some research and learned that clematis plants can be propagated by a process called layering. This means I would have to sink one of the stems (still on the parent plant) into the soil so it could sprout roots. The problem is, none of the branches are close enough to reach the soil; they're all up high on the fence. So I cut a few branches and put them in a glass of water, thinking they would grow roots that way. No such luck. It has been two weeks and no roots have appeared yet. I'm feeling like I need to go to Plan B.
This is where I need your help, fellow gardeners. What is Plan B? What's the best way to start a new clematis plant from a cutting?