common lilac - Knowledgebase Question

springgrove, Il
Question by bgwitte48
April 26, 2010
My approximately five year
old common lilac has never
bloomed. It is about 5 ft.

Answer from NGA
April 26, 2010


It isn't unusual for some types of lilacs to take 7 years before they bloom. They bloom on last summer's new growth so prune yours back now to encourage healthy new growth and flower buds for next spring's floral display. They need all day sunshine for best flowering. Aside from the above, you only need to wait patiently until it's mature enough to bloom. Enjoy!

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