How to Propagate Lilac Bush
Lilacs have long been known and loved for their distinctive, sweet spring fragrance and beautiful pink, white or purple spring flowers They are fantastic to use for screening around fences and shrub borders, and best of all, they are extremely easy to propagate.
If you are looking to add some shrubs to your landscape but money is an issue, consider taking some lilac root cuttings to grow your own lilac shrubs. They are fast growing, very hardy and propagating them is almost fail proof.
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What You Need
- Pruning sheers or some other kind of garden cutting tool
- Shovel or hand trowel.
- gardening gloves
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Taking the Cuttings
The best time to take Suckers from a Lilac is in the Spring or fall (I have successfully done both) Look around the base of the Lilac bush for the fresh, young shoots coming out of the ground. Try to use shoots that are no larger than 1 foot tall, because the larger the shoot, the more roots you need to take to be successful.
Remove the soil around the shoot until you can see the roots and cut the shoot away from the parent plant, using pruning shears or a large shovel. Make sure that you have a few inches of root attached to the new shoot. Plant 3-4 shoots together either in a 1-quart pot or you plant them right in the ground wherever you want the new shrub to be. If you want, you can add a little rooting hormone to the roots, but this is not necessary. Plant the shoots at the same depth that they were planted while attached to the parent plant. Keep the new plant well watered until it becomes established.
I have done this twice and it really is extremely easy. At first, the new plants may not look like they are doing well, but that is just because all of the plants energy is going to the roots system. Once the roots get going again, your plant will take off. Remember that the more root you take with the shoot, the better healthier the plant will be.
Planting the New Lilac Bushes
Preparing the site for your new lilac bush correctly is well worth the added effort as your new bush will become an established, healthy plant much faster. To start, dig a hole about 12 inches deep and about 12 inches in diameter. Water hole well and add about 3 inches of composted manure, which can be purchased at any lawn and garden store for under $2.00 a bag. Mix the composted manure into the existing soil and fill the hole back up with dirt. Use a hand trowel to plant the cuttings in their new home.
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This is the second spring since I transplanted this lilac bush. It is taking off and becoming tall and bushy!
Last fall I got a very tall cutting with very little root from a family member. I really didn't think it would live, but it made it through the winter and is sending up shoots. Lilacs really are fail proof!
© 2010 Sarah
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