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Old 05-13-02, 08:58 PM
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Question lilacs

Hi,

I moved in to my house with a large lilac bush 2 year ago. I trimmed (after it had flowered). But, the flowers haven't returned for the 2nd spring now. I have another large flowering bush which I trimmed at the same time and it has returned to flowering greatly this spring. I don't know the exact name of the one that IS flowering except the flowers are like big snowballs.
Any ideas on why the lilac isn't flowering yet?

Thanks,
Shawn
 
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Old 05-15-02, 10:24 PM
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Lilac

The best way to prune a lilac is to cut the oldest stems to the ground if it needs refreshing. It can take the new shoots 3 to 5 years to bloom. Another way to 'trim' is to cut off the spent blooms.

Often lilacs won't bloom because they like a more alkaline soil. Sprinkle lime around the base of the shrub now and next spring. Then do it every couple of years. Get your nose ready!!

Enjoy,
Newt
 
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