Persian Purple Lilac - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by suaze3
November 8, 1999
I've had a Persian purple lilac for a few years and it never has flowered. Can you tell me what the problem could be? Perhaps, because it is in a partly shady place?

Answer from NGA
November 8, 1999
Lilacs including this one do grow best in full sun, but they also bloom in partial shade although not as heavily. This particular variety tends to be a "shy" bloomer, meaning it needs to be a number of years old before it will bloom so it is possible you simply need to be patient a bit longer. You might also make sure you are not pruning it at the wrong time of year and thus inadvertently removing flower buds -- prune in late spring/early summer immediately after the normal bloom time; this variety blooms a bit later than the normal lilacs.

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