Does anyone know how one can begin lilac bushes without purchasing from a nursery? We have several wild lilac bushes near our house and my wife wants to put some in our yard, but I do not know if we can " root" them or how to "root" a branch from the wild lilac bushes.
I have taken a small amount from the youngest bush trying not to cut to much from the remaining root, then kept it in a bucket of water just so the very bottom of the root base is covered, this can be tricky, but I have done so on a couple of occasions with good results, once you see a new root system starting, plant in the new space that you want and add a plant food, or something in the lines of a bone meal, (I'm writing from Ontario so you may have different products).
We have wild lilacs near our home too and we have always just dug up the sprouts root and all to transplant. They have always lived and thrived beautifully! Also, we have done so at different times of the year with no ill effects, just water them generously.
You should be able to dig up the lilac and transplant it. Do not let the roots dry out. If not still covered with dirt, wrap them in wet paper towels. Dig a hole twice as large and deep as the root system, fill in the dirt as needed. You should place your bush in the ground no deeper than one inch above the top root. Water well. Best try to do this on a cool day or early evening, so the lilac suffers the least stress. Lilacs can be moved anytime after they bloom. Remember also that they bloom on newer wood. After your bush is established - a year or so, it is desirable to cut back the bush by 1/3 each year, to allow for new growth.
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