Too Late to Plant Lilacs? - Knowledgebase Question

Kearns, Ut
Question by ritacoroles
June 13, 2010
My fiance and I love Lilacs and would like to plant some bushes. I know they can be planted spring/fall and I was wondering if it is too late to plant now? We've had a few nice warm days but again last night was in the 40's here. We live on the outskirts of SLC, Utah. I was thinking about getting the bushes for fathers day, but can wait till fall if need be. Thank you so much for your help!!!


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Answer from NGA
June 13, 2010

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You can plant landscape trees and shrubs whenever - as long as the ground is not frozen. We recommend spring and fall because the weather is cooler and rainfall usually abundant, conditions which help roots become established. You can plant this month as long as you water deeply once or twice each week to encourage root establishement. I love lilacs so I know how anxious you are to plant some in your yard. Go ahead with your plan. And, enjoy your new lilacs!

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