Lilac Bushes

Moving Heirloom Fruit/Flower Bushes

Anonymous added on April 17, 2012 | Answered

We are in the process of building a new farmhouse on our 140-year-old family farm. Unfortunately, the best site for the new house is in the old 'orchard' area of the farm. I would like to save as many of the heirloom bushes (lilac, crabapple, and raspberries) and plants (asparagus, rhubarb, Concord grapes) as I can by moving them or propagating a new plant from the old one. Do you have any suggestions about how I can do this? We will be breaking ground in May and will probably not be ready for landscaping until mid-fall.

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Answered on April 18, 2012

If transplanting them, get up as much of the root system and surrounding soil as possible. This article will help to reduce shock:

To propagate various plants, these articles should help:

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