Lilac Not Blooming - Knowledgebase Question

Burlington, VT
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Question by jasper8
May 6, 1998
Last year my 6 year old lilac had very small leaves and a few very small blooms. It had previously bloomed normally. This year the leaves are very small and there are no blooms forming at all. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
May 6, 1998
Sounds like your lilac may need some fertilizer to get it back into shape. Generally, lilacs prefer rich, well-drained soil that's slightly alkaline, full sunshine, and, to bloom well they need a pronounced cold spell in the winter. If your winter weather was on the mild side, that may explain the lack of blooms. Fertilize with a quarter-pound of 12-8-8, sprinkled over the root area of the plant and watered in, or spread a 3-4 inch thick layer of compost over the root area. This should help with leaf formation. You might also want to prune lightly, to encourage new stems and leaves.

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