Lilac Propagaton

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About Lilac Propagation

From Lilac propagation to the first blooms usually takes at least three to five years. 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.

Avid gardeners often take up the challenge of growing new plants themselves. It’s what gardening is all about. 

Lilac Propagation by Runners

The easiest way to grow new lilac plants is to use runners from existing plants. Using runners from existing plants. Some varieties produce a prolific number of runners each spring.  

Select young runner 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 plenty of 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, spring weather. Keep the soil around your transplant moist, but not water-logged. Lilac plants do not like wet soil

Lilac Propagation by Cuttings

New lilac plants can also be propagated by rooting cuttings. Spring is the time to take root cuttings. 

Cut 6- 8 inches of new, first-year wood. Place them in about 2 inches of water. Watch the water level, to make sure it doesn’t dry out. Plant cuttings after multiple roots have grown to 1 1/2 inches or more.

Lilac Propagaton from Seed

You can also grow Lilacs from seed, although homeowners rarely start them from seed. At the end of the season, you can harvest the seed from the dead flowers after they have dried 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 by hand, protect them from cross-pollination, 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.

How To Grow Lilac Flowers Information

How to Grow – Learn how to grow beautiful, fragrant plants.
Lilac Festival – These Spring festivals are very popular. 
Lilac Sunday – Without a doubt, it’s a holiday worth celebrating.
Flowers – About these beautiful blooms.
Lilac Pictures – See our lilac photo gallery.
Lilac Trivia – Cute and informant trivia.
Planting and Transplanting – how and when to move bushes.
Propagation – How to make new plants.
Pruning Lilacs – Most importantly, there’s a right way and a wrong way.
Pests and Disease – Prevent plant problems.
Varieties – In fact, there are over 1000 varieties.
California Lilac – It’s a tree.
Why no Blooms? – Identify and correct blooming problems.
Lilac Poem – By Walt Whitman.
Buy Lilac Bushes – Add beauty to your yard.

White Lilacs

More How to Grow Lilacs Resources

Growing Lilacs – from Garden Hobbies

Buy Lilac Bushes select from popular Lilac varieties

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