It usually takes at least three years before you get blooms on your lilacs.
Most people buy lilac bushes from garden supply stores or catalogs. (Yes,
they can be bought on the Internet and shipped.) Most of us buy common varieties
of Lilacs as small bushes that are already 2 to 3 feet tall. Two to three
years later, you will see your first bloom of lilacs.
Another popular way to grow new bushes, is to take small shoots from an existing
plant. Select shoots which are one to two feet tall. Look for good root systems.
Dig deeply to extract as much of the root as possible. The main root will
be attached to the mother plant. Use clippers to cut it from the main bush.
Plant the new lilac shoot in the sunny location you have selected. Add compost
to the soil before planting. Plant three to five shoots in each area. Water
thoroughly. Like all transplants, the survival rate is higher, if transplanted
in cooler weather. Keep the soil around your transplant moist, but not
water-logged. Lilac plants do not like wet soil.
You can also grow Lilacs from seed, although homeowners rarely start the
from seed. At the end of the season, you can harvest the seed from the dead
flowers after they have dried, but before they fall out of the seed pods
onto the ground. Growing from seed takes time and patience. Most gardeners
don't want to wait four to five years to see the first lilac blossoms.
Nowadays, growing Lilacs from seed is a task left to horticulturalists and
garden supply stores. If you are really into creating a unique variety, you
can pollinate blooms and carefully harvest the seed. After generations of
plants and many, many years, you could create a new variety to add to over
1,000 that already exist.
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