The Q&A Archives: Lilacs

Question: I have a lilac that has some broken branches from the winter snow. Is there a way I can save them? Can they be put in the ground or water to grow new roots? If there is a way to save them I would appreciate your help. Thanks, Nina

Answer: I would try both methods. Sometimes they will root in water and sometimes they will root in potting soil. Cut the branches cleanly and those that you want to root in soil can be dipped in rooting hormone (found at garden centers). Those that you want to try rooting in water can be set in fresh water after you've removed the lower leaves (anything that would be submerged in water will rot). Change the water weekly.

Best wishes with your lilac.

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