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Lilac bushes
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Sue    Posted 06-27-2001 at 20:56:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My lilac bloomed this year, 2 bunches. What do I do with them? Cut them off, leave them alone?
The bush is in a big planter and I keep it in the greenhouse during the winter. I live on Kodiak Island, Alaska, temperatures are about like Seattle. Any help?

Thank yhou

Elaine Barwinski    Posted 06-28-2001 at 12:15:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, cut the blooms as soon as they are finished - not any later than that. If you cut a lilac after the blooms have fallen off, you will be cutting next year's blooms. That may be why your friend's lilac bush hasn't been blooming. Good luck!!!

Steve    Posted 07-05-2001 at 05:14:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help! My lilac bush does not bloom much at all...just at the top a little. Could it be planted too deep? What can I do to increase it's flowering? Thanks for any ideas you can give me!

Nandi    Posted 07-11-2003 at 15:22:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My lilac bush is 5 years old. It looks very healthy with large leaves but, it has never bloomed. Where have I gone wrong?

mugsy3    Posted 06-28-2001 at 07:00:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have found that the key to getting lilac bushes to bloom well is to cut off the old blooms the year before. I did this last year and this year, my bush was totally covered with flowers. More flowers than leaves!

Why is your bush in a planter? What Zone are you? I'm in southern Canada, zone 3.

Sue    Posted 06-28-2001 at 08:18:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm not sure what Zone I'm in, Kodiak Island, Alaska. I keep it in a planter because I'm not sure where to plant it. My friend has had one for 6 years and it has never bloomed, so I'm afraid to put it in the ground. I will snip off the flowers as soon as they have died.

Thank you,

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