lilac bush - Knowledgebase Question

Farmington, Mi
Question by ekmomm
May 1, 2010
I planted a lilac bush 2 years ago and my landscraper told me not to prune it the first year and then the 2nd year prune it in the spring. Every where I read says to prune it yearly after it blooms. It has not bloomed yet and my neighbors bushes are....what should I do?

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2010


Lilacs spend the summer months developing new growth and flower buds for the next year's floral display. Wait until your neighbor's lilacs have finished blooming and then prune your lilac back. With any luck it will develop flower buds this summer and bloom for you next spring. After the flowers are spent next spring, prune your lilac back again. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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