When is the best time to buy and plant lilacs? Is it better to choose lilac bushes or lilac trees?
Hardiness Zone: 11
By Joyce from San Diego, CA
Check with your local county extension office; they are a fabulous resource! Normally the best time is when they become available 'bare root" in your area for the best price. Bush or tree depends on the location you want to put it in, and what you want it to look like, both are beautiful. It's like a rose bush or a rose tree really. Only "lilac" rather than roses!
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I would like to plant some lilac bushes. When is the best time to do this?
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Jenny from Milwaukee, WI
In general, the best time for planting lilacs is in the fall or spring. In zones like ours, which can have extremely harsh winters, I personally think it's best to wait until the spring. That way you can be sure they have plenty of time to adjust before winter arrives. It also pays to watch your local nurseries. In my area, nurseries always seem to have the best selections of lilac shrubs in the spring, so one can only assume that spring would be the optimal time to plant them.
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I can't remember when I planted mine, but it seems like it was in July because it was hot. I dug out smaller Lilacs and transplanted them in the front of my yard. Do keep them watered, especially during the dry spells. Mine are still growing, and I did this two years ago. Our zone is 4. Hope this helps. (07/07/2006)
I planted 5 lilacs trees in our yard, we are zone 7. I have kept them watered well and weekly. Now at two years old I am looking forward to possible blooms in the third year of their growing. I read to put lime around them lightly, so rather then possibly burn them with lime, I liquefied the lime and poured that on to the plants on their roots. Lilacs bring back such lovely childhood memories for me, that is why I planted some in our yard. I understand that they prefer lime in the soil that they are planted in and that flowers would be produced after the third year of planting.
Good luck with such a beautiful plant! (07/12/2006)