Lilacs - Knowledgebase Question

Geneva, Il
Question by dvmpalm
June 6, 2010
We purchased lilac bushes from HD about 7 years ago, hardly any blooms each year. We are not pruning them incorrectly, in fact we hardly prune at all, and when we do, it is after they try to bloom.

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2010


Lilacs bloom on new growth so pruning will help. Prune immediately after the flowers are spent. The new growth that develops this summer will also have flower buds at the tips. If the flower buds are not damaged during the winter months, they will produce flowers for you next spring. Lilacs bloom best in full sunshine and you can help your lilac be at its healthiest going into the winter season by watering regularly this summer and fall. Best wishes with your lilacs.

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