How To Transplant Lilac Bush

  • Decide where you want to transplant the lilac bush or bushes.
  • Dig a hole that's about one foot deep by one foot across for each bush you want to transplant.
  • Dig up a lilac shoot from somewhere around the main bush. Lilacs spread by runners.
  • Put the shoot in a bucket of water if you are not going to transplant it immediately so that it will not dry out.
  • Center the shoot in the hole and fill in with dirt. Leave a three or four inch depression around the shoot so you will have a reservoir for water.
  • Water your new lilac bush with a couple of gallons of water.
  • Can you dig up a lilac bush and replant it?

    The lilac shoots do. You can dig them out and replant them, and odds are good that they will thrive and grow in a new location. It is also possible to move an entire mature plant, but only if necessary.

    When should you transplant a lilac bush?

    Spring is the best time to transplant Lilacs. They do not transplant well in hot, dry weather. Transplant bushes after the blooming period, and before hot summer weather arrives. It is also important to note that transplanting can affect the next spring bloom.

    Can you take a cutting from lilac bush?

    Growing Lilac from Cuttings

    Take cuttings of lilac bushes from tender new growth in late spring or early summer. Mature growth is less likely to root. Take several cuttings to increase your chance of success. Take cuttings in the morning when the weather is cool and the plant is well-hydrated.

    How do you revive a dying lilac bush?

    Use a fertilizer with a 5-10-5 nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium ratio on older plants that are not blooming. You may also use a 0-15-0 or 0-45-0 fertilizer. Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall by digging a few holes in the soil next to each lilac plant and adding 1 cup of fertilizer to each hole.

    Should I cut the dead flowers off my lilac?

    Pruning and Deadheading Lilacs

    Deadheading – removing spent flowers to promote new blooming – is an important component of caring for lilacs. You should deadhead lilacs as soon as they are done blooming, which will allow the plants to develop strong, healthy buds that will flower with vigor the following year.

    Why won't my lilac bush grow?

    The most common cause is lack of adequate sunlight. Lilacs (Syringa) need to be planted in a location that receives at least six hours of strong, direct sun per day. They are very tolerant of different moisture conditions as long as they are planted in well-drained soil.

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