Maintaining Lilac Bushes
Lilacs are one of the first flowering bushes of the spring and one of the most long-lived. There are also so many different varieties of Lilacs: double lilac, light purple lilac, dark purple lilac, white lilac, french lilac etc. - the list is endless.
When talking about maintaining Lilac bushes you first need to know if you have a regular oldfashioned lilac bush or a "non-suckering" lilac bush (please see the last 2 pictures at the bottom of this post). Simply look at the base of your lilac bush and if there are little lilac shoots growing, then you have a regular lilac plant. Some people do not like the unkempt look of the traditional lilac plant but I don't mind the wild look - I actually prefer it. Over the years I have been able to start many new lilac bushes from the suckers that my traditional lilac bush produced. I am able to separate 1 or 2 lilac suckers about every 5 years - (I should add "successfully separate"). There have been times when I tried to separate these suckers too soon and they just ended up dying - trial and error is the best way to learn in this case.
|This lilac bush has produced many "suckers" but none are large |
enough to separate.
|This lilac bush is about 45 years old (which is|
young in Lilac years).
This is a "non-suckering" lilac bush