Propagation forum: Lilac cutting

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Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 26, 2017 6:14 AM CST
So I started some lilac cuttings on the 17th. When I started it the leaves buds (nodes?) were all closed now they have opened because of the warmth and humidity but now I noticed on two of the cutting it looks like they opened with flower buds

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What do I do? I read that if cuttings are focused on growing flowers it takes energy away from rooting. Do I cut the flower part out? Will that kill the plant?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Hi Zella, definitely cut off the buds - it won't kill the cutting .. You read right about it taking a lot of energy for a plant to produce flowers .. better that energy go toward making roots and new leaves!
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

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Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 26, 2017 4:32 PM CST
OK so did I do it right?

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I just cut out the flower part. Not the whole bud because of the surrounding leaves.

I don't know if you can tell but a bit of the flower stem thing is still inside of the leaves.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Looks good to me .. as it grows you can cut off any that is left .. the best tool for cutting small things like this are cuticle scissors.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 26, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Thanks Anne :)
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2017 8:13 PM CST
You're quite welcome! That's what we are all here for .. to learn from one another!
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln

vurbil
Nov 28, 2017 7:07 AM CST
What variety of lilac is this and were you successful? I've had great success with Dwarf Korean, but zero success with common lilac.

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