The Q&A Archives: Lilac Tree That Isn't Blooming

Question: I have a lilac tree that I got from my neighbor's tree when it was shooting up sprouts. It was about 2' tall when I transplanted it into my yard. It has been in the same location for 4 years but hasn't bloomed since I planted it there. It gets almost all day sun and looks healthy otherwise. I started fertilizing it last year, hoping that it would bloom. My questions is, my hasn't it bloomed and do you have any idea when it will bloom? Thank you.

Answer: It isn't unusual for some types of lilacs to take 7 years before they bloom. From your description, I'd say you're giving your lilac all the TLC it requires and you only need to wait patiently until it's mature enough to bloom. By the way, the best bloom in lilacs happens after an especially cold winter. This explains why some years lilacs bloom profusely and other years the blooms seem sparse. Good luck with your lilac!

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