The Q&A Archives: lilac bush

Question: Hi. What kind of conditions should the lilac bush have to bloom? Should I be feeding it at a certain time of year or just let it go on it's own and fertilize it when I do the rest of my garden? I know very little about good gardening but I do know that I love to watch them grow and bloom and I love their fragrance. Can the flowers be cut and put in a jar of water and put in the house?

Answer: Yes, you can cut lilac flowers and enjoy them indoors. They are very fragrant and one or two in a vase of water in your home will fill it with wonder fragrance! Lilacs bloom best in full sunshine but they generally do not need to be fed unless growth is poor or leaf color is pale. In fact, too much nitrogen fertilizer can produce lots of lush, green growth, at the expense of flowering. To keep a lilac bush looking neat and compact, and to promote lots of new flowers, prune your shrub in early summer after the flowers are spent. Lilacs produce flower buds during the summer on the new growth of the season so prune immediately after flowering has finished to ensure lots of new growth and lots of flowers the following year. Enjoy!

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