Lilacs are among the most popular cultivated shrubs in the temperate world. Aside from roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic. There is nothing better than the sweet scent of a freshly picked bouquet of lilacs in early spring. Lilacs are seldom bothered by pests, easy to grow and are renowned for their showy fragrant flowers produced profusely in spring to early summer. All make great specimen plants. Even when the flowers drop, the foliage continues to make the lilac an attractive shrub for the remainder of the growing season. The variety offered here is the old fashion French Lilac or Common Lilac.
This variety grows 10 to 15 feet in height with a spread of 6 to 12 feet. The lilac colored flowers are extremely fragrant and appear in early to mid-May on panicles 4 to 8 inches long. These respond well to pruning and can be grown as a shrub or small tree. These also make for a great flowering bonsai. Hardy to zone 3.
Soak seeds in room temperatur for 24 hours. Cold stratify for 8 weeks. Then sow 1/4 inch deep in quality gardening soil and place them in room temperatur until they germinate (4 days-5 weeks). Keep soil moist. After germination grow seedlings under growlight or on a sunny window. Keep them inside for 3-4 weeks. Transplant them outside in a cold enviroment after this initial growth period. Alternatively you can directly sow them outside in fall.