Lilac shoots, potting them up

heatherisnotaweed(WA Z8)March 22, 2005

Hi folks,

I have two large lilac trees that are sending up side shoots like mad. I want to pot them up to give away. They are really pretty pale purple ones, with a great scent. How do I get them out of the ground? Just start digging? I don't want to kill them, so any tips are appreciated.

Heather

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Ron_B

Do it when they are not in leaf. It is too late for this winter.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 3:54AM
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gardengal48

I've potted up lilac suckers at all times of the year with great success. Lilacs are tough plants. Just use a good sharp spade and sever the root at a reasonable distance from both the sucker and the mother plant. Pot up and keep properly hydrated - you'll have dozens to share.

One of my earlier sucker removals was June housewarming gift for my grown kids - it's now a 7 foot shrub with a mass of flower buds.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 8:44AM
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heatherisnotaweed(WA Z8)

NOt to disregard your advise, Ron, but since I don't want all those suckers hanging around all summer (I'm putting a border in) I think I'll take my chances and pot them up! :-) Thanks to you both.

Heather

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 10:06AM
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Ron_B

Since they are right in the middle of their most tender, new growth being made I would expect them to wilt. Perhaps not.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 2:32PM
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Carol_Ann(5)

Ron, you're right that they might wilt, but I've also dug them and transplanted at this stage and they've always pulled through -- as long as I've remembered to care for them during the summer. They won't do much the first year but they should take off after that!

Heather, have fun! Yours remind me of the ones my mom gave me several years ago for my previous house -- wish I could run over and dig up a few shoots for my home here -- but transporting many plants wasn't possible when I moved. I can almost smell them now...

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 5:07PM
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heatherisnotaweed(WA Z8)

Carol Ann,

You can drive on over here and take as much as you like! the neighbor across the street has a white one he said we can take shoots from too.

Heather

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 11:28PM
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Ron_B

Some older ones are grafted, so the runners will not be the same variety that makes up most of the top.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 1:19AM
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heatherisnotaweed(WA Z8)

the ones in my yard snuck under the fence from the neighbors yard some years ago. they look/smell the same. I guess that means the ones next door are grown on their own roots, right? those shoots are popping up everwhere.

heather

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 4:24AM
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madspinner(z7 WA skagit)

Also, if they were planted with the graft under the surface of the soil, they may grow their own roots.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 9:43PM
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Belle_Eire(8 WA)

My neighbors were cutting back lilacs on the day Ronald Reagan died, and I took some large branches and put them directly into a bucket of water. Nothing seems to have happened as to their rooting. Years ago, I was very successful at doing the same thing and those lilac starts are now tall, lovely trees. What am I doing wrong? Should I just toss them, put them in dirt, or what? No signs of life, that I can see on these, and yet they were probably within 20 minutes of cutting from mother plant to water. What should I do?
Thanks much!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2005 at 4:35PM
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madspinner(z7 WA skagit)

I'd stick them in dirt right away. Just regular garden soil. They may root. I've rooted lilac cuttings this way before. If you have rooting hormone it may help.

They may or may not take.

You've had them this long and they are still alive? I'm kind of surprised.

I have some lilac cuttings of my own in some water I am going to play at rooting. They may or may not do anything, but it is worth a shot.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2005 at 4:50PM
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Ron_B

Or worth a shoot.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2005 at 7:21PM
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kandhi(z7VA)

Once we plant the saplings when do they start flowering? at what level of maturity (size and years). thanks

    Bookmark   April 18, 2005 at 8:29PM
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nightnurse1968 (Suzy)

Heather the ones you gave me are doing great. One was quite wilty, but even it has perked up! I have just been giving them plenty of water...why is it I still have to water when it rains so often!!! :-) Thanks again and I hope the seedlings I gave you are doing ok.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 1:18PM
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michelelee(z8 WA)

Heather, I would love some purple ones if you have any left. I only have the white, but they sure smell good! Michele

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 4:51PM
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heatherisnotaweed(WA Z8)

Glad the lilacs are doing well! I have lots more, Michele, check your mail!

Heather

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 7:15PM
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cmist(PNW)

I was wondering if you still have any liliac starts left. I would love to have some. thanks cece

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 9:03PM
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heatherisnotaweed(WA Z8)

Cece, I sure do, you're more than welcome to some. Let me know when you want to come get them. Or, if you are going to be at the Seattle exchange on the 21st. I'll be there, too.

Heather

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 9:34PM
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echoes_or(Zone 3)

A couple of years ago my brother and I had the opportunity to get some "old growth" lilacs. How it happened was that I came home for lunch and the nieghbor had pulled out plants that were at least 30 years old and had just left them laying in the front yard to haul off later. I of course asked and recieved them. What I did was take large garbage cans (55gal size) plopped the plants in and then filled with water. This happened in August in Central Oregon, I was amazed at how quickly they sprang back and thrived, I left them in the water for about two weeks then planted. My brother did the same and we probably got close to 20 7-10 foot plants out of this deal. Mine at this time are all blooming beautifully.
So I would guess that they would do fine. I've given many shoots away through the years.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2005 at 1:33PM
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kate1(8 Washington)

I have lots.I am in Richmond beach so if anyone wants to dig some, they are welcome

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 3:47PM
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jburesh1388(z8 WA)

I just "borrowed" a shoot from outside my neighbors yard. It was growing under his lilac, but on the street side of the fence. I planted it in my yard and it looks great after a very short shock wilt.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 6:51PM
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wilko1(provence, franc)

If i dig up the suckers to replant do I cut the suckers right back prior to replanting? Thanks for any info.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2005 at 4:27AM
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