The Q&A Archives: Expecting Lilac Blooms After Powdery Mildew

Question: My lilac bush purchased last year has beautiful leaves on it but no buds. Last year it had a fungi and I corrected it with an application of some sort from my local nursery. They seemed to know what I needed. Should I expect this absence of flowers since it did have a fungus last year? Eleanor Eastman Tewksbury, MA

Answer: You may get a few flowers this year on your lilac, but be patient. It sounds like you have a young plant and it needs to get established in its new home. The fungus you are describing sounds like powdery mildew; it is quite common on lilacs. It should not have done any damage to the flower buds--if you have few flowers, I would attribute it to the age of the plant.

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