Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts. I am new here and have so many questions. We are overhauling all of the landscaping in our yard and sadly, the overgrown lilac bush has got to go. There is another spot in the back of the house which would be perfect and I wonder if anyone has had any luck taking a start from a lilac and transplanting it? If so, how did you go about it? I know it would be easier to go the the local garden center and buy a new one, but this one has sentimental value to me. Thank you in advance.
Don't know what zone you're in but here in NH the lilacs throw out extra shoots at the base. WE just dig them out with the roots attached and replant those little guys. Never did a hard branch cutting...
I started two bushes from shoots off my aunt's very old stand of lilacs, using the method jmchab is talking about.
Dig at the base of the old plant for thin, new shoots with some strong-looking roots attached. I dug the shoots in April and planted a handful of them (5 or 6, maybe) in each of two large (5-gallon, I think) nursery pots and kept them moist for the entire summer. In fall, once they had formed a good root system, I planted them in their permanent spots. It was surprisingly easy and successful to do. I can't remember how long it took to get blooms, but it takes at least a couple of years, if I remember right.This message has been edited. Last edited by: nettiejay,
One site said to do "soft wood" cuttings...so that would mean that once they start to grow more (new growth on the ends of branches) you would cut those just before it gets to the part that has already hardened. I would protect them until they started to get some roots...and I'd use rooting hormone too... The other gals are right though. Most of the time you can find new shoots near the "mother" plant to dig up & start a new bush. I'd try that first.
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Thank you all so very much. I'm going to try both methods and I'll let you know which one turns out better. We have a large window in the back of our garage where my husband winters over his geraniums and I thought it would be a good spot for starts. The window faces south though, and I think the cuttings got too much sun. I'm going to try the extra bedroom, on a table where it will get filtered light and see if that is better.
Lilacs spread by their roots emerging from the ground into new sprouts surrounding the main lilac bush. Look for these sprouts, and cut down into the ground with a spade to detach the roots of the sprout from the main roots. Replant this in any sunny location you wish.