Lilacs growing in the fields at the flowering shrub farm in Voorheesville, NY. and an explanation of how we propagate, grow and sell them. Click picture for a larger version that can be saved as wallpaper or studied more closely for inventory information (additional links at bottom of page). Last edited Mar-17

Once Lilacs start flowering many are moved to the plant sale location where they may be sold. Those that didn't sell in a previous year are cut back (below right) and sold mail order. Occasionally buyers walk among the lilacs with me and pick those they wish to purchase directly from the field (you wont usually see pictures of me as I am behind the camera).

Those that are flowering in May and have attached price stickers will be transported to the plant sale location to be sold. Later in the year those that did not sell are returned to the drip line where, the following spring they will be cut back or divided while still dormant and transplanted.

Cutting back lilacs that flowered last year but no one bought at the plant sale, that were identified and labeled with an individually numbered yellow label with the variety name painted on it.

Cutting back lilacs we have in March on drip line. Individually numbered yellow labels, that we printed the variety name on last year when the lilac flowered, are attached to the pot as lilacs are cut back (price stickers are on the side of the pot). Those that are cut back will be easy to sell mail order before they respond by producing a thicket of upright stems so its easier to divide them or sell them in larger pots for more money.

flowering crop ludwig spaeth and flowering crop agincourt beauty

As Lilacs flower we move them onto a drip line in the backyard of our plant sale location. Price stickers are attached to the sides of the pots and the variety name is usually noted near the price. When they flower I will show pictures in the newsletter .

january cut back last year and march lilac divisions

We propagate lilacs by dividing each one that has been identified, cut back so they form a thicket at first then cut into two. Then we return one half to the field and sell the other half.

compare agincourt to clarks & compare agincourt to monge

Some of those that were divided will be repotted into one gallon size and sold mail order. Others will be returned to the field in 3 gallon or larger pots. All of them will be sorted by variety and be clearly labeled as to what variety they are.

may agincourt beauty flower & may agincourt beauty crop flowering

flowering crop aucubaefolia & flowering crop belle de nancy

may belle de nancy flower

may charles joly flower & may clarks giant flower

may ludwig spaeth flower & may dark night flower

flowering crop james macfarlane & flowering crop krasavitsa moskvy

may krasavitsa moskvy flower & may general sheridan flower

flowering crop mme lemoine & flowering crop michel buchner

may mme lemoine flower

flowering crop monge & flowering crop nadezhda

may nadezhda crop flowering

may monge flower & may nadezhda flower

flowering crop pocahontas & flowering crop primrose

may primrose flower

flowering crop purple glory and flowering crop sarah sands

purple glory