Care For A Miss Canada Lilac Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Raymond, ME
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Question by LArsenault
May 15, 2000
My husband purchased a Miss Canada lilac bush for mothers day I would like some tips on caring for the bush. It is currently 2ft tall.

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2000
Lilacs really like sun, so the first thing is to find the sunniest spot possible!

The soil should be loamy and well drained. Since it's a heavy feeder, fertilize it every other year. Every spring give it some well-rotted compost and dig it in well being careful not to injure the roots. They will enjoy a mulch of hay leaves, wood ashes or pine needles whenever you can give it to them.

When planting, place it in a hole wide enough to take the root without cramping. Fill the hole with a mix of topsoil and compost. Some bonemeal (a cup or so) will go a long way toward giving it a good start. Water it generously this first year but don't let it sit in a puddle.

It will be a few years before your lilac blooms so be patient with it!

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