Seeding and Propagation/Lilac seeds


I would like to  grow from seed an Old Fashion Lilac bush.  I have dried the flowers and can not identify the seeds.  What does the Lilac seed look like?

Hi Eva,
Thank you for your question.  You have to allow the flower to form fruits.  This means small berries will form after the flowers have been pollinated.  Inside the berries (allow them to dry on the shrub) are the seeds.  They are small.  Here's pic of the pod.  seed are inside the pods.  Do not remove pods from the shrub until they have dried out and started to open.  In the late fall, take the seed and place them in a damp paper towel.  Place the paper towel inside a plastic baggie and leave it in a fridge (not freezer) for 90-120 days.  After that, remove the seed and plant in a pot of regular potting soil about 1/4 inch deep and keep warm in a window sill or 8 inches below a 40W shop light.  The seedlings will emerge sporadically after 30 days.  Transplant the seedlings when they have their second set of true leaves.  I hope this helps.

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Tom Alonzo


I have been growing plants from seeds for at least 20 years. I have grown literally hundreds of different kinds of vegetables, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropicals, some cacti, water plants, iris, rose, lilies, cannas, etc. I enjoy starting from seed.


I've been growing my own seeds for 20 years with indoor propagation equipment I built myself. I am also an Allexperts volunteer on the perennial forum. I have completed the Master Gardener course through the Kansas State University Extension. I have experience with a wide variety of seeds and I have also read through Norm Deno's books on seed germination.

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