Pruning Lilac Brushes - Knowledgebase Question

Maineville, OH
Question by JEANNIEB2
April 24, 2000
I HAVE A YOUNG LILAC BUSH (APPROX. 2 YRS. OLD) THAT I DON'T WANT TO GET REAL BIG. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PRUNE THE BUSH?


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2000

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The best time to prune lilacs is immediately after they bloom in the spring. Pruning any later will remove next year's blooms because lilac blooms on "old" wood. It may be difficult to keep the lilac small, they are normally rather large shrubs.

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