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Question: I have planted and then replanted my Angel white lilac. It is now in a shaded area with bright light. It doesn't seem to be taking root and the leaves have fallen off. Is it a lost cause or should I just give it more time? It had been in its current location for about one year. Can you help?

Answer: Angel White lilac was bred to grow and flower well in warm winter areas such as yours. Most lilacs require a pronounced winter chill before they can bloom so Angel White is a good choice for your gardening region. Lilacs thrive in sunny spots in well draining soils. Too much shade will keep it from blooming. I think the spot is too shady, evidenced by the dropping of leaves. I'd move the lilac to a sunnier spot. Start by amending the soil with some compost or aged manure to help it drain well and to encourge healthy root growth. Plant the lilac at the same soil level as it was growing before and be sure to water it well to help settle the soil. To encourage root growth, water deeply once each week. It might help to build a water well or watering basin beneath the shrub; fill the basin with water, allow to drain and fill it a second time. Do this once each week to encourage root establishment. Next spring your lilac should bloom for you.


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