Vinegar treated soil

Cheri Fettes
by Cheri Fettes
I have a large area of weeds that I want to plant lilac bushes in. Do I have to wait to plant in the area that was vinegar treated?
  5 answers
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 16, 2013
    Vinegar does acidify the soil, but its residual effect is minimal.

  • Carly Swirtz Carly Swirtz on Sep 16, 2013
    Lilacs grow best in neutral soil, not to acidic or too alkaline. Vinegar is acidic. Soil can be made 'sweeter' (more alkaline) by adding ground limestone. But I agree with Douglas, it is probably fine, Lilacs are fairly hardy plants.I have a lot of Lilacs and they do best is full sunlight and well drained soil. I water them once a week if there is no measurable rainfall.

  • Cheri Fettes Cheri Fettes on Sep 16, 2013
    Thank you @Douglas Hunt and @Carly Swirtz . I appreciate your helpful answers. Oh, btw, @Carly Swirtz I've got a lot of lilac "sprouts' growing a few feet away from my bush. Can I dig them up and use them for starting new bushes elsewhere on my property, or should I clip some branches and dip them in a root tone? Tnx!

  • Carly Swirtz Carly Swirtz on Sep 16, 2013
    Some people say that growing cuttings from Lilacs is difficult, but I have always experienced the opposite. I had a friend that cut branches off her Lilacs to use as stakes to protect her new grass. After a few weeks, her stakes were sprouting! By all means move the Lilac sprout somewhere else if you want. I have never treated the roots, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. The key is to keep the transplant moist, so you will want to water it every day. I also always throw a little peat moss in my transplant holes and mix it up with the soil.

  • Cheri Fettes Cheri Fettes on Sep 16, 2013
    Thanks @Carly Swirtz, you're sweet to help me out, this is just what I needed to hear! We've done good with cuttings from Bay trees, Smoke Bushes, but hadn't done any lilacs. It's nice to get some input first, this time it's pretty important to me. <3