Trees and Shrubs forum→One Cane Lilacs

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SE Missouri (Zone 6b)
Jun 4, 2020 1:05 PM CST
I have two lilacs that are down to just one cane. I haven't seen any suckers in years. The canes seem to be doing fine, but I want bushes, not a three-foot high cane with a couple blossoms every year.

Is there anything I can to do to promote more canes?
Southern Maine (Zone 6a)
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Jun 5, 2020 8:11 PM CST
I grow lilacs in my garden but am a novice on this subject. However, I actually had the same situation. I removed grass from around the base and fertilized it. It rewarded me with a new cane and two suckers.

I found an article with some ideas you may want to consider trying.

Best wishes!
SE Missouri (Zone 6b)
Jun 6, 2020 10:50 AM CST
Thank you, I will try the suggestions in the article.

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