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But seriously, after close examination, I believe one of the shoots was a volunteer.

Sep 21, Fall is the best time to dig up a lilac tree, as the tree is dormant at that time. The root system of a lilac tree is deep and wide, often creating a large rootball requiring two or more people to pull from the ground. Measure the diameter of the tree trunk at breast level, between 4 and 5 feet off the ground.

Jun 01, Do lilacs transplant well? The lilac shoots do. You can dig them out and replant them, and odds are good that they will thrive and grow in a new location.

It is also possible to move an entire mature plant, but only if necessary. You’ll just have to invest a little more time and muscle into the effort. When to Transplant Lilacs.

If you are wondering when to transplant. Digging up a lilac. I'm in the process of trying to dig up a common lilac that's about 15 years old probably. I grew it in a tree-form, so it has only 3 main trunks.

Cynthia, Yes, this method has worked for me with many plants including Roses, hydrangeas, and more.

I cut the trunks off at ground level, and dug a trench about 2 feet from the trunks all around, cutting through the roots. enough to stand transplanting. You can also buy larger plants that are balled and burlapped. When to plant. The best time to plant lilacs is in the fall after the leaves have dropped, but before the ground freezes. You can plant lilacs in the spring before the buds start to. May 08, Now that 6 months or a year have past.

Wow, that went fast! LOL You can first remove the rock and make sure your branch has rooted to the ground. With a sharp shovel, you want to dig up your new lilac bush. Dig approx. inches around the outer edges of the rooted area and bring as much soil as possible up with the rooted lilac bush.