propagating lilacs

>> 4.19.2010

mother nature has never given us a sweeter smell than the scent of lilacs. if you are lucky enough to have a friend {like i do} that has a blooming bush, it is very easy to propogate a shoot + grow a clone one in your own backyard.

here's how...
take small shoots from an existing plant. select shoots which are 1 to 2 feet tall. dig deeply to extract as much of the root as possible {the main root will be attached to the mother plant}. use clippers to cut it from the main bush. plant the new shoot in the location you have selected, add compost to the soil before planting. plant 3 to 5 shoots in each area + water thoroughly. keep the soil around your transplant moist, but not water-logged. it will take at least three years before you get blooms on your lilacs.

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