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My dog chewed off the main shoot of my one year old lilac shrub. I put it into water hoping it would develop roots & I could replant. It is definitely alive...budding new leaves, etc. Is a lilac started by developing roots in water...or should I be using that powder Root Start and just put into soil? Thanks for your help.
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Thanks for writing. Lilacs grow best from cuttings when treated with rooting hormone and potted in moist sand, perlite, vermiculite, or potting mix.

Happily, there still be hope for your lilac plant, as well: These shrubs often recover from damage to their branches by sending up new shoots from their roots.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

 ---Justin, Senior Garden Editor,

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