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20/05/2013 at 15:11

My neighbour has a lovely deep purple lilac tree and has said I may take some cuttings.  Would I be successful in growing it from cuttings?  If yes, how & when should I take them?  Answers and any information appreciated.  Thanks

20/05/2013 at 16:27

Does the tree have no suckers coming from it? They would be the easiest way to get a cutting, unless it is grafted.

20/05/2013 at 16:39

I suspect that most lilac cultivars are grafted onto the common syringa vulgaris, so the suckers will not come true.  Cuttings are rather tricky - they need regular misting. 

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/propagate-lilacs-cuttings-21981.html

 

21/05/2013 at 17:27

 There are no suckers coming from the lilac tree Alina.   And if cuttings won't come true to the original, I think I'll not try to take any, Gold1locks.  But many thanks for the feedback anyway.

21/05/2013 at 17:55

Hi Nikki I have successfully grown two Lilac trees grown from cuttings, I just pulled new shoots off dipped them in rooting powder and potted them up,  I have got these in large pots. As you can see it is flowering very well and the perfume is lovely. I have had them for about 5 years and they flower like this every year.

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/23955.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

21/05/2013 at 17:57

Nothing to lose Nikki, give it a try.

23/05/2013 at 14:16

Many thanks for the tip donutsmrs.  Your results look amazing!  The tip sounds good to me!  And as nutcutlet says 'give it a try' - so I will!

23/05/2013 at 18:07

Good luck nikki.

08/06/2013 at 06:34

donutsmrs:  I have tried using the rooting powder in the past, with not much success.  Do you think willow tea would work?  What time of year do you take your cuttings?  Thank you

08/06/2013 at 15:53

144art: I have had my Lilacs since 1999 and I took the cuttings in May. I did use rooting powder and it seemed to work well. You could give willow tea a try, I haven't used it though so I don't know how good it is. I did take a few cuttings to make sure I got at least one plant, I did loose a few. I am one of those people that will try anything, if "they" say you can't take cuttings of that, I will have a go any way, anything is worth a try. Good luck hope your cuttings take.

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