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Old 07-03-2008, 03:47 AM
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Lilacs

I have a dwarf lilac that is about 10 years old. It has gotten pretty big and the past couple of years I have seen some baby lilac plants growing about a foot away from it.

They have not gotten any flowers yet.

I'd love to spread these out so that eventually I have a nice row of lilacs.

How can I separate them without hurting the plant (I'm really NOT good at gardening) and what is the best time of year to do this? I live in the Philadelphia area.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:40 AM
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I'm sure Brenda will be here to answer this after we all recuperate from the long weekend but I thought I would share the link for an article on FC that Brenda wrote called Growing Lilacs in the meantime
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:45 AM
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Thanks! I'm glad our gardening expert is an expert on my very favorite plant!
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:54 PM
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We just did this with some lilacs from my MIL. You can do it now, just dig them out nice and deep, when you are ready to move them--an overcast day is usually best so they aren't stressed out too badly. Dig a hole that will give the roots room, not too deep-- place them about the same as they were. Put water in the hole, then hold the lilac in gently and place back in the dirt. If you can add some compost if you have it, but don't fertilize. Water every couple days for awhile til it settles in. I hope this helps!
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:52 PM
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Good luck with your move, barbszy!! I love lilacs!!
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:32 AM
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Thanks for your help! We are having some evil heat & humidity so I will wait until the weather breaks. I didn't know it would be so easy to do this.
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My lilacs is sick It flowers well in June but by mid July lots of leaves turn brown. Any ideas how to help it?

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:14 AM
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A few questions first-- are you watering it? Has it been dry for you where you are, or wet? How about fertilizing-- have you used any this year? That will help me. Lilacs get mildew but that would have a powdery look. Is the brown all over the entire bush? Sorry for all the questions!
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Probably, we do not water it enough. It's in a corner of a flower bed near the house's front wall but we mostly just water flowers in the middle, not big bushes. And last month was dry enough... Some parts especially near the bottom have more brown leaves, the top looks better but still has some brown spots. This year I tried a new fertilizer in yellow granules, it says it will last for 6 month after one application. Last year, it was a regular water solution we applied once a month.

The very top (it's about 7 feet now):


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Old 07-21-2008, 05:58 AM
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I'm going to guess it might need more water. It doesn't look like it has mildew. One thing you could do is snip off one stem/small branch and take it to a local nursery. See what they say. Wish I could help more
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