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Old 04-30-2010, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Darn, I really hate to move them. I placed them under the dining room window so that I could get the fragrance inside. The back of our home faces true south so I guess it's behind the deck they'll go. When is the best time to transplant. They are very lush with foliage right now and approx. 4 ' tall.
I believe the best time to transplant is in the fall - however, I know a lot of people, including myself, who have successfully transplanted in spring. (Think of all the trees and flowers people plant upon purchase in the spring) I think a lot depends on just how warm it is now in your area. Lack of heat is usually given as the reason why it is better to transplant in the fall - heat stresses plants. If you do transplant now, make sure to water them well.
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: I live in the RTP area of NC.
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I live in the RTP area of NC. I have one lilac bush planted on the south side of the house and it's 6 yrs old. It's 10" tall now and blooms as long as I keep it nicely mulched so the roots stay cold. Lilacs don't need fertilizer. They need cold and sunshine to bloom. If yours is planted in plenty of sun I would recommend mulching a good 4", no less. And you'll have blooms next year!
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: I live in the RTP area of NC.
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By the way, if anyone would like some transplants of my lilac bush let me know! I like to share plants! I have 4 that are 6" tall. It's a light, light lilac color and it does very well.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If you transplant the lilac now get as much of the rootball as possible. Dig outside the dripline and as deep as possible. Get help moving the plant, it will be heavy. You can set the rootball on the shovel head once it is out of the ground and drag it to its new location. Have one person walk next to it and balance it while the other one pulls the shovel. Have its new home prepared before you dig it out of the ground. Mulch it and keep it well watered all summer. I have moved several shrubs this way and most made it but not all.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Kent County, DE
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Default magical 5 years....

Unbelievable!!!! since I posted a year ago, my lilacs bloomed this spring and my firethorn was covered in white flowers. Low and behold now this fall it is covered in orange berries. Maybe the 5th year is the key...The only thing I did differently is I treated them both with epsom salts but it was just a one shot deal. Was it timing or the fact that we did not treat the lawn last year. I am thrilled to have fragrant lilacs in the spring and colorful orange berries in the fall. Had to share..
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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Lilac flowering problems arise from not enough dormant chilling hours.
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