Pruning Lilac Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Myrtle Beach, SC
Question by Katy1201
May 8, 2001
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PRUNE LILAC BUSHES TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WILL HAVE BLOOMS THE NEXT YEAR? RIGHT AFTER THEY BLOOM OR WAIT UNTIL FALL?
THANK YOU,
KATY


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Answer from NGA
May 8, 2001

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Common lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) generally produce two blooms on each branch. Lilac's should be lightly pruned after flowering. Remove the spent blooms as soon as they wither, plus some of the stem to help shape the plant,and to allow the plant to develop new stems and flower buds for next year's blooms.

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