lilac - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bad6469
May 4, 2006
I recently moved my lilac bush and was unable to get the entire root system. Now the leaves and branches are limp. Do I need to cut the bush back and if so where and how much?

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2006
The good news is that lilacs are relatively hardy plants and they tend to send suckers up from the root system. This is a good thing, especially if the entire plant dies down to ground level. So, even though your plant looks pretty sorry now, I think it will recover. Don't do any pruning right now - your lilac needs to spend its energy re-establishing its root system, not putting out new growth. Wait 3-4 weeks until it perks up. Once it does, you can prune away any dead branches. Best wishes with your lilac!

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