Old lilac Blossoms - Knowledgebase Question

Rio Rancho, Ne
Question by boxcarduane
May 13, 2010
My fairly young Lilac bush blossomed quite well this spring. Now the blossoms are about spent and are beginning to dry out. Should I clip the old blosoms or let the bush take care of itself?
I don't want to damage the bush.



PS Thanks for your many times of help in the past.

Answer from NGA
May 13, 2010


We're happy to help so feel free to drop by anytime! Lilacs bloom in the spring on growth produced the previous summer. If you prune off the dead flowers, along with some of the stem, your lilac will spend the summer developing new growth and flower and leaf buds for next spring. Go ahead and prune off those spent flowers. You should get lots of new flowers next spring. Enjoy your garden!

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