Propagation forum: Rooting Lilac from cuttings

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
May 8, 2014 8:28 PM CST
I posted this in the shrub and tree forum, but should have posted it here instead. Sorry if this is a repeat for anyone.

I have some beautiful lilac bushes, and I'm wondering if they are easy to root from cuttings? I've never tried it before, with lilacs, though I've had good success with other plants. I was wondering if there is something special that I should do? Any suggestions are most appreciated!

We bought this house last year, and they came with the house, so I do not know which lilacs they are. Whoever planted them put them way too close together, but they are gorgeous! I'd love to have a lot more of them!

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 10, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Natalie, I always get lots of new suckers that i just cut from the mother plant. Never have tried to do cuttings. Have you seen new suckers?
Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 10, 2014 7:05 PM CST
By the way, they are gorgeous!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 10, 2014 7:30 PM CST
I have rooted them by cutting young growth in spring.
Dipped them in rooting hormone, and plunged into a bucket or pot of sand.
They will root before summer is over.
Keep the sand moist, but not soggy.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
May 10, 2014 8:06 PM CST
Arlene, I never even looked for suckers! Silly me! That sure would be easy enough. I'll check in a little bit, and I'm so glad you mentioned it!

Thanks for the great info Caroline. Should I wait until after they are done blooming? I would have never thought to use sand, so I'll pick some up next time I'm in town. I do have rooting hormone, which I love for everything else I've rooted!
Natalie
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
May 11, 2014 5:46 PM CST
I looked at your picture and maybe if the area is mowed close you won't find any suckers, so then rooting in sand could be a good option.

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