Blue Skies Lilac doing poorly - Knowledgebase Question

Lilburn, GA
Question by sjb1109
June 16, 2005
I think lilacs are trees? We planted according to direction about 1 year ago and it was covered with blooms. This spring we got zero blooms. Most stems have a set or two of leaves at the end. The leaves are healthy looking. There appear to be some buds along the stems too, but we can't tell if they're developing or dead. What can we do to encourage our lilac? I put down some 10-10-10 fertilizer today. Do you have any suggestions. It is getting some sun, but not a ton.

Thank you,
Sherri Boutin

Answer from NGA
June 16, 2005



I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

Your lilac seems to be stressed most likely from either a lack of sunlight or possibly from poorly draining soil. If these are not the case then see how the fertilizer boost you used works to get vigor going again. Water to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Sometimes after a mild winter lilac buds don't emerge properly and there is little you can do. However that variety requires very little chilling compared to most.

One last thought. Don't prune it after mid summer or you could be cutting away bloom buds for next spring's bloom season.

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