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Last post 02-12-2016 1:31 PM by petal. 21 replies.

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  • 26/09/2016 08:18 PM
    • petal
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    My lilac in a pot has remarkably healthy looking mini lilac trees growing in the pot near the base of the tree. Can I dig them up and re-pot them as mini lilac trees? Thanks petal

  • 27/09/2016 09:03 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi petal, no reason you cannot do this. However, you must be sure they are seedlings and not suckers, coming from and connected to, the base of the stem just below to surface of the compost. If they are seedlings, do it after they have lost their leaves. blackstart

  • 28/09/2016 09:10 PM
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    Thank you Blackstart and I fear they are suckers. Do I have to wait for the leaves to fall off as I'm about to plant the shrub itself? There are about a half dozen of these shoots. Should the nursery have sold it like that? I didn't notice when I bought it. Thanks for help. petal

  • 29/09/2016 10:02 PM
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    Hi petal, you can go ahead and plant your Lilac straight away. If you want to remove the suckers before you plant it, cut them off as close to the main stem as you can (without damaging the main stem) with a pair of sharp secateurs, or you can just leave them on. Lilac is a naturally suckering shrub so you can expect to get more as time goes by. Blackstart.

  • 30/09/2016 05:58 AM
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    Blackstart's message says to be sure not to do this with suckers. Blackstart' s knowledge is far superior to mine and I am full of admiration for his replies but there is a link here that says it is a good to do it with suckers? http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-lilac-suckers-21784.html JamesEB

  • 30/09/2016 01:39 PM
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    Hi James, you are quite correct about propagating Lilac from suckers. The article you refer to I believe, refers to suckers that already have roots. I wrote my comment on the basis that I believed petal's Lilac was a relatively young plant still in it's pot and unlikely to have formed roots on the suckers yet. However, you are right in that if they have roots petal can remove them and plant/pot them up. Regards Blackstart

  • 06/11/2016 05:31 PM
    • petal
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    Thanks Blackstart. Sorry about the confusion over the plant. I bought it from a nursery in a pot and it is about 4 feet tall. I did not do very well with the suckers. There were in the event 4 of them spaced quite widely apart in the big pot but when I went to dig the first one up they were all connected to only one root and it fell off. I put them in 4 pots but I am not hopeful. Thanks for your help petal

  • 08/11/2016 04:08 PM
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    Do you think they will survive please Blackstart? petal

  • 08/11/2016 06:51 PM
    • Blackstart
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    If there is enough of the suckers left try propagating them from hardwood cuttings. If the Lilac is a "cultivar" and has been grafted, then the suckers may just be from a root-stock of common Lilac. See link: Blackstart https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=387

  • 09/11/2016 06:57 PM
    • petal
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    Thanks Blackstart. The lilac is Katherine Havemeyer and I can't see any grafting. What shall I do? Petal

  • 12/11/2016 10:11 AM
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    What shall I do please? petal

  • 14/11/2016 07:14 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi petal, after spending some time preparing a post for you it disappeared when I pressed post. I'll wait and see if it appears over the next 24 hours, If not I will re-do it. blackstart

  • 15/11/2016 08:27 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi petal, I have attempted to reply to your post three times now but it has not appeared on the forum.  The last reason given was that it was awaiting moderation before a decision to post or not is made.  I cannot think why it would not be posted.  I have included several web links but all to the RHS website.  I have tried using both Chrome and Firefox.  If it does not appear in 24 hours are you happy for me to send it via the 'Private Messages'.

     

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  • 15/11/2016 09:19 PM
    • petal
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    Yes of course Blackstart and thank you. I don't understand why this post of yours came on and others don't. petal

  • 16/11/2016 10:35 AM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi Petal, first here is some info about your plant. https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/96089/i-Syringa-vulgaris-i-Katherine-Havemeyer-(d)/Details If the plant has no graft then any of the growth can be used to propagate new plants. You can try hardwood cuttings as outlined in a previous post or try from either softwood cuttings, semi-ripe cuttings or layering. See info links below. Personally I would plant it in the garden and let it become well established before thinking about propagating from it. Blackstart