Browsing: Transplanting Lilac Bushes

Share a SolutionAsk a Question
To Top

Transplanting Lilac Bushes

Lilacs are a lovely, scented, flowering garden shrub. On occasion we need to relocate a bush or transplant some of those free little suckers growing in the shade of the parent plant. This is a guide about transplanting lilac bushes.

Ad
Lilacs growing near a white fence with a weathered outbuilding in the background.
Filter: All Articles Sort: Relevance

October 27, 2014 Flag
0 found this helpful

I am taking down an old house and putting up a manufactured home. I have a span of lilac trees as tall as the house and 8' wide and about 40' long. There are a few short spaces in between them here and there, but for the most part they seem to be solid. I do not want to ruin these trees, I would rather remove them and put them out to my friend's farm. It is late October 2014, and starting to sleet a little tonight, I plan to put up the new place next springish time, April or May. Is it possible to up root these without ruining them? When would it be a better time to do it? Maybe a little info on how I would go about this also, a pay loader is about the thought or maybe a bobcat if it is not too small. I am a zone 3. 6 miles from the Canadian border.

By Anna H

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 27, 20140 found this helpful

Have you directed your question to someone who works at a nursery? They would probably be able to tell you how to uplift adult shrubbery. I've always lifted starters in the Springtime to replant just because they will get the spring rain to help roots seal in the soil and they won't bloom until much taller. You might try doing this too just to make sure you have surviving plants.

Course, if you get a big piece of equipment to lift shrub from earth so it has more soil around root system, so it isn't damaged you should be able to drop into another large hole elsewhere.

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

April 30, 2011 Flag

I transplanted three lilac saplings recently to a location in my front yard. I gave them a good dose of Miracle-Gro and set them into holes filled with top soil. They are spindly, about 4-5 inches high. Should I trim them down? Did I replant at the wrong time? It is now one week after and they do not seem vibrant. What to do if anything?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Elena from White Plains, NY

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 30, 20110 found this helpful

I had a real problem in trying to grow a lilac bush in my yard. My neighbor next door had a thriving lilac bush, and I never had any success. It might have been due to the bad soil around our home.

I found some information that might help you.

http://www.ehow.com/search.html?q=p ... ting+lilac+bushes&skin=corporate

http://www.gardenguides.com/92333-transplant-lilac-bushes.html

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 4, 20110 found this helpful

They are probably a little shocked. Just make sure you water them every couple days. If the drainage in good and wait for them to grow 'feet'. I think they'll be fine. Don't expect much this year.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

August 17, 2011 Flag
0 found this helpful

When is the best time to transplant a small lilac bush that has not bloomed yet? It has four separate shoots about three feet tall.

By Melinda from Jackson, MN

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 12, 20110 found this helpful

In zone 7 where I live I usually transplant in very early Spring.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

June 26, 2011 Flag
0 found this helpful

I am transplanting a small lilac bush. Would it improve the chances of it growing if I used rooting hormone? I am transplanting the lilac into gardening soil and compost mix, around the root ball. The hole is twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball. Any help would be appreciated. Thank for your time and trouble!

By Monte

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
July 19, 20110 found this helpful

Rule of thumb is what blooms in the Spring, plant in the Fall and what blooms in the Fall, plant in the Spring. I have had luck in transplanting bushes outside the rule of thumb as long as a lot of the dirt was left around the root system and watered well after planting. If your lilac start is tiny and no soil around the root, I'd dip it in root hormone, plant in a pot, set it outdoors and bring indoors over the winter and plant next Spring.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

May 22, 2007 Flag
0 found this helpful

When is the best time to transplant Lilac Bushes? These are young small bushes.

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 25, 20070 found this helpful

Lilacs are very hardy. Best to wait until after it has flowered and finished. When digging it up, try to leave a good "ball" of soil around the roots of the lilac, and make sure the new hole is roomy enough to place it in. When you have backfilled the hole, healed in the lilac, water really well, and water daily for 2 weeks. Your lilac should be just fine. Good luck and happy gardening.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 25, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Doris-

I'm in WI too You've actually missed the prime time for moving lilacs this spring. Oct. would be the next time for 'by-the-book' transplanting. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained! You may wish to try what the previous poster recommended. Good luck with your lilacs!

C~

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

May 9, 2010 Flag
0 found this helpful

When is the best time to transplant a lilac bush or get starts from it?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Karen from Reynoldsville, PA

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 9, 20100 found this helpful

The best time to do this is right after they stop blooming. If the plant is large, you usually will see small runners on the grown around them, I have dug them up and replanted. It might take a year or so before a new plant takes hold.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

April 22, 2010 Flag
0 found this helpful

I want to move a lilac bush because it is too close to the house and is causing a problem. How can I do this? When is the best time to move this lilac without losing it? It is kind of big, maybe 5 to 6 years old. Thank you.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Ginny from PA

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Is it the roots causing problems or is rubbing against the side of the house? If it is just rubbing against the house I would trim the branches instead of moving it. You would probably take an awful lot of digging to move it without damaging the roots.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

April 22, 2005 Flag
0 found this helpful

I have a two year old Lilac bush. Last year it developed white mold. I sprayed it with mold killer from the store. This year not a leaf or a bloom, but I broke a thin branch and it still looks like it has some life. What should I do? Any help?

Thanks,
Mom1

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 21, 20050 found this helpful

You may want to feed them plant food with acid in it,like twice a week then once a month for about3or4months.Then next year they may do something.But you may want to do this A.S.A.P.

Good luck I hope you did not kill the roots.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Anonymous Flag
May 1, 20160 found this helpful

I had it too and took a branch to a nursery. They told me it was insects and I sprayed it with dish hand detergent mixed with a little water. I sprayed it liberally. Now in full bloom and nothing white on branches. If it occurs again I will spray again. It happened two years in a row after blooming season. No plants around it had the white stuff ever.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

February 26, 2011 Flag
0 found this helpful

Is it OK to transplant 3 year old lilac bushes in the winter (January)? They need to be in full sun and I want to be sure it's OK to transplant now?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By Patsy from central TX

Answers:

Transplanting a Lilac Bush

I would check with a local nursery, but my thought is that if the ground is not frozen it might be OK. You will probably lose this year's buds, however, as it sets them right after blooming in the spring. Just make sure to use some root stimulator and don't do regular fertilizer for 6 months or so until the roots get established again. (01/28/2011)

By Allison5

Transplanting a Lilac Bush

I have been told that you do it in the spring/summer, as they have a dormant cycle. If you want a bushier plant cut the branches the following fall, back to 1 foot high and shape the branches at the same time. Protect the following winter with mulch. (01/30/2011)

By sweetsoo

Comment On This PostWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

January 27, 2011 Flag
0 found this helpful

I have lilac bushes along the property line at a rental home and want to transplant some to our home. Can it be done in early fall? Can we transplant the whole bush, not just shoots?

Hardiness Zone: 3a

By Mary from Far Northern WI

Answers:

Transplanting a Lilac Bush

I would wait until it's at least below 70 degrees and is not really sunny, but before October so it has time for the roots to settle in. We transplanted a lilac in late July because we were adding a deck and needed to move it and, although we did it on a cooler day, it is still suffering a little. (09/03/2010)

By Allison5

Comment On This PostWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

August 15, 2009 Flag
0 found this helpful

I have a small Lilac bush growing near a large well-established one. I'd like to know how deep I need to dig and when to transplant it?

Related
Categories
Home and Garden Gardening TransplantingAugust 26, 2011
Guides
Lilac Bush
Lilac Leaves Turning Yellow
Lilac Flowers
Lilac Leaves Turning Brown
Rose Bushes
Treating Black Spots on Rose Bushes
Photo of blackberries on the vine.
Getting Rid of Blackberry Bushes
More
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on August 22, 2016 at 2:06:52 AM on 10.0.1.53 in 7 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!