Lilacs are one of the most popular flowers in Japan. They have been cultivated since ancient times and they were used as medicine for centuries. The Japanese love them so much that it’s not uncommon to see them growing all over the place, even in rural areas. The flower is very easy to grow and requires little attention other than watering regularly (although some prefer to water less).
The lilacs are native to Europe and Asia Minor. However, they’ve spread around the world due to their adaptability. They’re easily propagated from cuttings or seeds. There are several cultivars of lilacs available, but all of them look similar with varying degrees of color intensity.
Some are more colorful than others; however, there is no particular reason why any particular variety should be considered better than another.
In Japan, lilacs are often grown as houseplants. They’re quite ornamental and can make lovely additions to your home. The plants require little maintenance and they’ll last for many years if cared for properly. You don’t need to worry about pests because they’re not aggressive gardeners themselves.
There are two types of lilac: those which bloom in spring and those which bloom in autumn. Most people are familiar with the ones that bloom in spring. These are the ones that have those lovely purple flowers which give off a very pleasant and sweet aroma. The autumn-blooming types have lavender or light purple colored flowers.
These are popular in Japan and people love to grow them in their gardens.
Lilacs are generally very easy to grow from seeds. You can buy the seeds from any nursery or you can get them for free if you collect them after the flowers die. They can be sown directly into your garden in autumn or you can start them earlier indoors. They should reach a height of about 3 to 4 feet and produce flowers the year after.
You should place the seed about 1 inch deep in the ground and keep the soil moist until they start to germinate. You can also sow the seeds into small pots or seed trays first to ensure that they grow successfully. This is especially important if you’re inexperienced at growing plants from seeds.
Lilacs prefer ordinary soil and a sunny position. You should choose a place that has full sun exposure but is protected from strong winds. It’s best to plant them in early spring or late autumn. They will grow well even in poor quality soil, so as long as it isn’t too acidic or wet, you shouldn’t have many problems.
Make sure that the site you pick is well drained though.
Lilacs are fairly large plants and will need plenty of space around them. If the area you wish to plant them in is already congested with other plants, you might want to move some of them so you can give your lilacs enough space to grow and spread out. You should also keep in mind that they have pretty large roots, so you’ll need to dig a reasonably deep hole for them as well.
The foliage of a Lilac can grow quite large and can be quite pretty. However, many people love the flowers so much that they don’t care about the leaves anyway. They prefer to keep the plants trimmed so that the flowers are clearly visible and this is perfectly fine too.
Lilacs are not demanding when it comes to watering. If the soil is well drained, then a deep watering once a week in the summer should be sufficient. Larger plants might need a little more.
Lilacs can bloom for a long period of time which means that they provide endless color and fragrance for your garden. Many people think that they are underappreciated plants and don’t get the attention they deserve. If you like flowers in your garden, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to plant some Lilac bushes.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Propagation and care of lilacs by AJ Fordham, CE Wood – Arnoldia, 1959 – JSTOR
Buddleja plant named’Lilac Chip’ by DJ Werner, LK Snelling – US Patent App. 13/373,183, 2013 – Google Patents
A new method for in vitro propagation of lilac (Syringa vulgaris L.): regrowth and storage conditions for axillary buds encapsulated in alginate beads, development of a … by E Refouvelet, S Le Nours, C Tallon, F Daguin – Scientia horticulturae, 1998 – Elsevier