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Non-blooming lilac bushes
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Jim Lifke    Posted 07-25-2001 at 14:29:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I planted two lilac bushes about three years ago. In the Spring I hardly get any blooms. The bushes are growing, the leaves are healthy and green,but no blooms. I would appreciate any suggestions
anyone would have to promote blooms....
Thanks, Jim

Teena Brayen    Posted 05-21-2003 at 08:02:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found a link that may help you understand the lilac bush and what to do. It also says that it may take 3-4 years for your lilac bush to bloom after planting or transplanting the bush.
The link that I found to be most helpful in this situation is
Hopefully this link will help you also.

Salmoneye    Posted 07-26-2001 at 05:39:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with not pruning or trimming, however, after the blooms die you should pinch them off.
There is some sort of chemical action that happens with the dying blooms. I am told that the chemicals will go back to the root and prevent the bush from producing blooms the following year...

dee polyzos    Posted 05-19-2002 at 14:56:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I believe I should have pruned the buds that did not bloom last year.

should I use a fertilizer?

Freddie's Mom    Posted 07-25-2001 at 19:34:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have you been trimming the bush? I agree with TomH. Don't shear them. If you do need to trim them eventually, wait until they bloom, then trim them right after the blooms are finished. Any later than that will kill the blooms for next year.

Linda Curtis    Posted 04-23-2003 at 14:11:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 2 lilac bushes that haven't bloomed for the last 2 years.I bought a place and the bushes were already there and one had been cut down but had come back but neither one of the bushes bloom.they are about chest high to me and I am 5'7" and they are about 3 to 4 feet wide.What can I do?They are not in the shade and all the neighbors said that they used to be really pretty.HELP?Thank You,Linda

big fred    Posted 07-25-2001 at 19:24:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
A possibility is that the soil is too acid. Here in my little part of western Washington, the soil is very acid. I planted lilacs and get almost no blooms, but the plant looks healthy. I applied lime one year and the next got some blooms. I would recommend a pH test, you can get testing kits at any garden store or K-mart for just a couple bucks.

On the other hand, azaleas and rhododendrons go nuts in this soil, they love the acid soil.

TomH    Posted 07-25-2001 at 16:58:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't shear them. Growth from this year should bloom next year. Some I planted a couple of years ago just started to bloom a little this year. Maybe just need more time.

mary louise    Posted 04-30-2002 at 08:18:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I was just reading some of the posts about the lilacs that did not bloom. Last year my husband and I had beautiful blooms on our lilac bushes. At the end of the season (and I can't remember if I pruned them directly after they died or later that season) I was told to cut back the bush. Well we did not get one lilac this spring on this bush, and now the bushes are very healthy green, and huge. From what I just read I am not supposed to prune them, but now that the bush is so large, am I supposed to leave them for next spring and let them get that much bigger???? and by doing that will they bloom? I have two other bushes in different areas, that did not bloom either, however I did not prune them, Yet last year and the year before we had lilacs on all three bushes can someone please advise. thanks

NH SIDEHILLER    Posted 07-25-2001 at 14:49:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You haven't been over-fertilizing have you? One possibility is too much available nitrogen in the soil.

Will Abbott    Posted 07-03-2002 at 05:40:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was told by my garden center to use a low nitrogen, high phopherous fertilizer. Scotts makes one for flowering bushes. Or you could try using bone meal in the fall.


Deborah Barnes    Posted 04-21-2002 at 15:07:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
lilac bushes
I bought 2 lilac bushes last year they are living not growing much and haven't bloomed any. I did put some fertilizer around them when I put it in flower beds this year and it seemed to help with the growth, why aren't they growing and blooming? Any suggestions, I would appreciate

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