Lilac Bushes

Grafting Branches

Anonymous added on December 10, 2014 | Answered

Can I successfully graft a 1-1/2" branch from a dark purple Lilac onto a 1-1/2" branch of a lavender Lilac? I presume the graft should occur while the sap is down and the leaves are off. Should I use a V-shaped cut, and tongue and groove the graft to the root stock, clamp securely and guy wire the scion to help minimize movement?

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Answered on December 12, 2014

People do, certainly, successfully graft lilac. If you want to try it, I suggest you make several grafts, as not all the grafts will take. Also, the more research you do, the better your chance of success. Here are a couple of articles to get you started:

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