Do I have Lilac seeds?

woodenzoo(z6 OH)July 4, 2005

New to this, so not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for... But I went to Mom's today and we toured her yard. Noticed a bunch of brown dried up old flower (stems- for lack of a better term). I rubbed some off into a baggie. There were alot of green buds there too, and knew that if they were the seed pods, they weren't ready yet. But wasn't sure if they were seed pods or if it was getting ready to bloom again! Lilacs don't bloom at this time of the year, do they? So are the dried up things I took today the seeds or do I need to wait for this new green seed/bloom to set?

lol I hope I described it well enough for someone to understand! I'm bad at describing things! Don't know if I could get a good enough picture of what I got to post here, but I'll try if it will help anyone in helping me out!



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linda_schreiber(z5/6 MI)

As long as you are sure that these dried out brown clusters were at or near the branch-ends of an actual really-truly lilac bush..... then I known what you were collecting. These were truly the old flowers from when the lilac bloomed earlier, probably late May into June, in your area. They will have been doing their best to set seed, and so you probably gathered some seeds in there.

Lilacs will not bloom again til next year. They will set the new flower buds later this year, but those flower buds will not rebloom until next spring, and those new baby flower buds will be on new growth.... None of them should have been in the brown dried flower cluster you collected.

On the other hand, lilacs can be difficult to grow from seed, even if you collected some good filled seed. Oh, certainly, give them a chance. Plant them. It's worth a shot. Just don't count on them to sprout up and grow. They're tricksy.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 10:27PM
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woodenzoo(z6 OH)

Thanks Linda!
lol Yes it was truly a lilac bush. We had just never bother to notice the green buds on it at this time of the year before, but it's been flowering now for about 15 years...
I may just give it a shot and see if anything happens.
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 4:09PM
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leaz7b(z7b TX)

I posted the same question on the Gardening in Texas Forum.
Did it look like a bunch of bananas pointing outward on the end of the stem? Thats what I collected. Very hard, surfboard shaped seed looking things that overlapped like a bunch of bananas would. Hope thats it. Lea

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 9:53AM
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woodenzoo(z6 OH)

My memory is too short... I don't remember what it looked like on the plant, but what I got was probably a bunch of dried up bits of old flower, but there looks to be like some very small seeds mixed in. The new 'buds' though, did indeed look much like a bunch of bananas pointing upwards.
I'll throw some in a pot this weekend and see if anything comes up! And make a trip to Mom's soon to see what I can see. lol
Good luck with your lilac's, Lea!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 11:07AM
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kywildcat2(z6 KY)

These are my Lilac seed:

They will turn brown and start to crack open when they are ready to harvest. I wintersowed lilacs with 100% germination last year. Give it a try...good luck! : )

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 9:24AM
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woodenzoo(z6 OH)

That does look just like what I came across!
So it isn't the dried up bits that I collected, it is those green pod looking things that I need to wait on?
(Lol I didn't do anything with what I got, since they say they need cold stratification).
Thanks for the picture! Helps a lot! (But any other advice? :) )

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 9:04PM
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Nurmey(5 Omaha, NE)

When the pod dries and starts to split, you will find 4 chambers (two on each side). In each chamber you will find one papery seed which, just so you know, doesn't always want to fall right out and may need to be coaxed out with a toothpick or something.

I started a dozen of them in the fall four years ago (BTW, without cold stratification) and they have been growing nicely every since. The largest is about 5 feet and the smallest (family runt I guess) is only 2 feet tall. I have not gotten blooms yet but I think by next spring they will be mature enough. Mine are old fashion lilacs that have been in my yard since the 60s so I'm fairly certain of what I will get when they bloom.

I didn't find them difficult to grow from seed at all and I'm quite proud of them. I can hardly wait until they are big enough to block my view of the neighbor! LOL

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 6:59PM
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woodenzoo(z6 OH)

Thanks for the info Nurmey!
I'm kind of surprised that so many other people have the 'not wanting to view the neighbors' problem! I have a privacy fence on the one side and need to do something with the other now!
Thanks again and hope they grow big and strong for you!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2005 at 1:49AM
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candyinpok(5b or 6, NY)


I'm looking at the picture you posted. I cut off some stem ends that have those green pods as well as some dark mahagony colored pods that are hard as a rock. Otherwise, there is chaff that's empty. What do the actual seeds look like?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 11:30AM
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I got excited when I saw the green seed pods on my lilac bush, and picked them before they were ready to be harvested. Is it possible to dry them out for use/planting?

Thanks in advance for any input/advice you can offer!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 10:02AM
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pushindirt(z8 OR)

I asked the same question


and here

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 7:54PM
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I am going to try this myself. My wife collected some seeds from my mamas Lilac Bush yesterday. I am wondering has anyone ever tried rooting a slip off of a Lilac Bush, like you would a slip from a houseplant?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 11:59AM
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