Pruning Llilac Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Grants Pass, OR
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Question by bduffey
May 9, 2001
How and when should I prune my lilac bushes? They are getting very leggy and thin.

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2001
Lilac bushes develop buds during the summer months for the following spring's bloom. Prune after this season's flowers fade by cutting back the stems that produced flowers. Cut back to a pair of leaves and new flowering shoots will develop. Annual late-spring trimming will keep your lilac compact in size and enable it to produce new shoots for the following year's bloom.

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