Lilacs are exceptionally easy to transplant. I have transplanted many lilac bushes from the original bushes that my grandmother planted on our Wisconsin dairy farm 70 years ago. Early spring until late spring, from when the lilacs develop buds until they actually have small leaves, is the best time to transplant. If you have lilacs growing in your yard -- or if you have a friend who has lilacs -- and you would like to start some new lilac bushes, here's how:
Note: I have noticed that it takes 4 or 5 years for the new bushes to grow enough to start producing flowers, although bushes that I transplanted from small shoots only a few inches high are taking longer than that.
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By Jlynn (Guest Post) 06/07/2005
I was so excited to find your site through google search (transplant lilac.) My day has our lilac bush from several decades gone by. I've been wanting to start several bushes at my home. Now I know how. Thank you for helping me transplant many lovely memories!!
By S (Guest Post) 06/22/2005
My Lilac was dying where it was curently located I felt that i had no choice but to transplant it. What can I do to help it survive. It is Late June and I transplanted it in the cool evening. Is there anything that can be done or is it a hopeless cause?
I have two bushes that were originally from my family home in NY. After at least 15 years, even though they bloom nicely every year, they haven't gotten much bigger around. Should I transplant them or take suckers and try to transplant them. It's April now and they have flowers so I don't know when to do it. I would like to divide them somehow and plant some on my son's new property too. Here's the pictures of the flowers cut from the bushes. They're huge, but the shrub part of the plant is not that big. Another lilac I have is called Japanese Lilac Tree, it's huge and I'd like to try to take cuttings of it too, but have no idea. Hope someone can help me.
Is it a different variety? Not all varieties get tall, are the same color, or even exactly the same form. Not all varieties sucker as much as the old fashioned one.
Does anyone know if this would work for mock orange bushes and bridal wreath? Both are on my grandparents home place and I would like to bring to my home to remember them by. I am in Wisconsin (Zone 3) Thanks, Robbyn
By nuby74 (Guest Post) 10/28/2007
My question is my grandmother sent my wife an I a lilac bush three years ago. We live in Atlanta and the thing is that it has not grown at all.It's about 2 ft tall. What is the problem with it and also when can I transplant it to our backyard? Please reply nuby74 AT comcast.net thank you
By Beverly McPeek (Guest Post) 04/04/2008
My lilac is 25 years old and needs to be transplanted now (April 4th in Alaska) due to a new extension of porch which will cover it. How to save and what to save, we can't dig too deep yet due to ice.
By Cori (Guest Post) 04/30/2008
What is the best time of year to transplant a lilac?
By Terri Lynn (Guest Post) 05/21/2008
A friend of ours has several lilac trees and I told him that I have always wanted one and he said that I could one of his, when is the best time of year to transplant a Lilac tree? I live in Eastern part of WV, I think we live in zone 6.