|Three of the freshly grafted lilacs.|
|First steps of Bouguet Lilac. First graft onto original sucker.|
|Bouguet Lilac. Fall of 1st year & Spring of year 2.|
Step 1. Spring of year 1. Graft first new variety onto suckers of a parent lilac bush. Leave in place at least first Spring and Summer, so the new plant can draw nutrients from the parent bush.
Step 2. Fall of year 1. The connecting stolon can be severed and the new little bush planted in a garden bed.
Step 3. Spring of year 2. Lilacs have buds in pairs. Assuming the first 2 pairs of buds made adequate stems, graft new varieties on to each of the new stems. Graft them above the first 2 pairs of buds, which will be allowed to grow.
If a bud or 2 grew from the rootstock, which itself is a nice lilac, then allow that to grow as well. At this point, if all grafts take and all varieties grow, there would be 4 varieties.
Step 4. Spring of year 3. Additional varieties can be grafted. I depicted grafts onto the new grafts from Step 3. It depends on whether the grafts take, and which is the most vigorous.
I think, if the new shrub produces suckers, those would need to be removed. If not, the original rootstock variety may take over with more vigor, and overtake the grafted varieties.
I don't know if this will work. It will be an interesting project to work on. It takes a certain amount of confidence in the future, to plan a 3-year grafting project. Then again, so does growing almost any tree or shrub.
This also assumes that my grafts take. I've read that lilacs can be grafted. I don't know if my technique will be good enough.
|Bouquet Lilac. Spring of year #3|
The big lilac bush is an "OK" variety. Not very fragrant, and not as lavish as some. It must be pretty rugged, to have survived here and grown as large as it is.