Propagate and Root Lilac Bushes

What You'll Need
Mother plant
Hand shovel
Pruners or scissors
Rooting hormone

There are several different ways to begin your own set of lilac bushes. One of the easiest and most preffered ways is to propagate them. Lilacs are typically clump forming; new shoots are produced at the base of the trunk. These are the shoots that can be used to propagate your lilac bushes. To create your own hedge row, propagating or rooting is an easy way to grow more lilac bushes.

Step 1 – Propagating

Once you have found the mother plant that you want to propagate or root from, you should keep in mind that lilacs normally form clumps.  They produce new shoots from the trunk base these are the shoots that you can use for propagating.  From the main clump it’s best to dig down the roots need to be exposed so you can cut the root from the mother plant.  The roots have to be included in this in order for them to flourish on their own. The plant will need to be watered on a regular basis after being planted until it has taken off by itself.

Step 2 – Rooting

The basic premise for rooting lilacs is simple. First you will want to select a few twelve inch shoots with the diameter of a pencil. Once you have your shoots, you will need to stick the cut ends in a rooting hormone then put them in a pail of water to wait for the roots. When taking shoots from an existing plant, they should be no more than two feet tall. The root systems should be in good shape; make sure you dig as deep as possible to get as much of the root as you can.  

The mother plant will be attached to the main root, use your pruners or scissors to extract it from the main bush.  After you have selected the new location, but before you have planted it, your compost will need to be added to the soil.  No more than five shoots should go in each area. You will have to be very meticulous with watering your plant; keep the soil damp but not soggy. It will be most beneficial for your plant  if done in cool, damp weather. In mid August, lilac trees can be propagated from semi ripe cuttings.   

Step 3 – Tips

After you have successfully separated the chute from the main bush, the soil around the root ball needs to be loosened.  Remember the root system after you take the shovel to push it into the dirt surrounding you.  Be careful when you are pulling the plant out of the hole once it has been freed. Replant your new bush immediately.  Cover the roots with compost or nutrient rich soil. Once the hole is filled, pour water into the hole to help the transplant.