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Original Message Lilacs
Hi Ed, Here are the 7 most common reasons why your lilac is not blooming.

Reason #1: It's Not Getting Enough Sun

to thrive and flower, lilacs need a MINIMUM of 6 hours of sun a day.

Reason #2: It's Too Young

Most Lilacs will not bloom until they reach 3-6 years old.

Reason #3: It's Over Fed

if your soil is nutrient-rich, you only have to feed once a year.

Reason #4: It's In Shock

Lilacs need a fairly long period to settle in

Reason #5: It's Dry

Keep your lilac on a regular watering schedule and adjust it for heavy rain or extended periods of drought.

Reason #6: You're Improperly Pruning

Pruning should be done immediately after flowers die off.

Reason #7 : Your Soil's Imbalanced

Lilacs prefer a soil pH from 6 to 7 (a little on the alkaline side).

Ed, If none of these reasons can be applied to your situation, consider giving your bush a light root pruning in early summer. Jam a sharp spade into the ground on two sides of the plant about 12 inches out from the trunk. And maybe next year will be the year!

Good Luck Ed and please let me know how you make out!
Diane Zenga

Digital Care Advocate

Spring Hill Nursery

?making friends AND beautiful gardens every day?

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