The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Lilacs

Question: I have some small (between three-five feet tall) lilacs growing next to my house. I would like to move them because they do not seem to be getting enough light and, as a result, are not blooming. What is the best time in their cycle to move them? How much of the root system do I need to get? Any surprises I am likely to run into? Thanks. Stacy Sjogren St. Cloud, MN

Answer: Springtime, before active growth begins, is the best time to transplant your lilacs. The amount of root you take should be proportional to the top - try to get at least a third as much of the root as there is top (think about the "balled ph# 812-537-8650.

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