Trees and Shrubs forum: white lilac won't bloom

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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
Sep 22, 2016 4:02 PM CST
About 7-8 years ago I received 4 very small white lilacs in a plant trade. I planted them in a group setting. They get almost full sun all day. After all thease years they are about 18-24 in tall and have been multiplying so now I have about 15 or more plants. But they have never had any blooms or buds. Anyone have any ideas on what the problem might be?
Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
Sep 22, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Is this the right forum to ask about this?
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Sep 22, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Yes, it is an appropriate forum. They don't seem to have grown very much. Do you know the pH of your soil? Is it possible to post a picture of them?
Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
Sep 22, 2016 8:21 PM CST
I will post a pic tomorrow. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 28, 2016 1:26 AM CST
It could be you are getting a late freeze and the buds are dying. Next Spring keep an eye on it and see if you see any buds. If you see buds and then you get a late frost you will be able to tell that it is the late freezes.

The soil might be to rich. They do not like rich soil. I had problems with a purple one when I had a service fertilizing and weed control for the lawn. They were spraying the bush area.

They need late afternoon sun especially.

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