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Lilac Care

Lilac care is pretty easy for any gardener to do. Lilac bushes are known for their ability to survive in many different situations that would oftentimes kill other plants and shrubs. Many lilacs are relatively drought tolerant and will survive with the heavy pollution of urban areas.

The most important part is watering. Lilac bushes will need a fair amount of water during the hotter summer months, but not a whole lot. Once established, lilac bushes will survive with watering as infrequently as once a month. Lilac bushes will also grow better when given a light fertilizer in the early spring months. The best place for a lilac bush to be planted is in an area that has full direct sunlight. While some lilacs will grow in shade, this is often at the expense of fewer and smaller blooms.

Another part to concentrate on is pruning. Most lilac shrubs will only flower on growth that is three or more years old. This means that too much pruning of a lilac bush will often result in fewer blooms, and in extreme cases, no blooms at all. Pruning of lilac bushes should always be done gradually, over a period of up to three years. This will ensure that the bush will flower during this time.

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  • Transplanting Lilac Bushes

    Transplanting lilac bushes is a fairly straightforward process. It is very similar to the act of transplanting most other bushes or shrubs. Transplanting lilac bushes should always be done in the autumn months. Transplanting lilac bushes in warmer, windier weather will increase the likelihood of the root system drying out. The first step is to dig around the plant and fairly deep. The underground root structure of a lilac bush can sometimes get pretty large, and it is important not to damage any roots if possible.

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  • Propagating Lilacs

    Propagating lilacs is an easy process, and there are a few different ways that one can go about it. It is generally about three years before lilacs are able to create blooms once they have been planted in a region. Most lilacs are purchased from garden supply stored, and are already grown for a few seasons. In these cases, it may take fewer years to see the lovely blooms. Propagating lilacs in a home garden can be a fun and rewarding experience.


    A second way of propagating lilacs is to grow them from small shoots taken from an existing plant. Shoots that are one or two feet tall should be selected for best results. The plant should be dug up deeply, to ensure that as much of the root system is removed as possible. The root system should be strong and full before this type of propagating lilacs can be attempted. The main root should be attached to the mother plant, and clippers should be used to cut the selected shoot from the main bush. The new shoot can then be planted in the desired location. This should be done in a time of colder weather, to increase the survival rate. Three to five shoots should be planted in each area for this type of propagating lilacs to work best. Continue reading

  • Planting & Growing Lilac Bushes

    What is a lilac?

    A lilac (Family: Syringa) is a deciduous, flowering shrub. Native to Europe and Asia, lilac plants can be naturalized just about anywhere in the world that has the proper growing conditions.

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    Lilac plants also need a good amount of moisture in the soil to thrive, but standing
    water may cause rot. The best thing to do when growing lilac is to mulch heavily near the base of the plant. This will allow the soil to maintain moisture and also provide shade for the root system.

    If the plant is grown in a container, spread out the roots and put the plant into the hole. Put the plant 2 or 3 inches deeper than the container, and put topsoil around the roots. Water the plant thoroughly, and place more topsoil around the plant.

    Lilac shrubs should be 5 to 15 feet apart, depending on the variety. Continue reading

  • Pruning Lilacs

    Pruning Lilacs

    Lilacs are low-maintenance, easy to grow, and are very hardy plants. They offer good summer shade once they have reached their mature height, and do provide privacy from the neighbors! The average size for a lilac bush is approximately 10 feet (3.04 m).

    Tackling the job of trimming, shaping, and pruning lilacs is easiest when you know how. Pruning should be done immediately after the flowers have died off. With a little pruning knowledge and how to replenish the old wood with new shoots, the shrubs can last a lifetime.
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