FRENCH LILAC Syringa
Lilac are probably one of the most loved, spring blooming shrubs! Flowers are produced in massive amounts, completely covering the plants, and sending drifts of soft sweet fragrance filling yards for long distances. They are a favorite cut-flower also. Plants are very easy to grow, and often grow wild along roadways, not needing pampering of any kind. These seeds produce shrubs of various colors, including deep red-purple!
Type: Hardy Shrub
Hardiness zones: 3-9
Location: Sun or part sun
Seeds per pack: 10
Germination: These seeds require a period of moist cold to stimulate growth. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 5-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
Alternatively, these seeds can also be planted outdoors in fall, winter, or early spring, while temperatures are still cold (but ground is workable) to germinate naturally in spring. Be sure to mark the area where you planted them, and that the soil is consistently moist.