Lilac Flower buds or leaf buds

lacey43(6)April 15, 2005

I am not sure how to tell the difference between flower or leaf buds on my lilacs. They have to be almost ready to bloom before I see any difference. Is there a way to tell them apart early on?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I was outside examining mine yesterday and tried to take a pic but the batteries dies - oh well. My lilacs are just starting to form flower buds now and they look like a teeny tiny bunch of dark purple grapes with normal leaves wrapped around them - so I would say that there is probably no way to tell before the little purple (if your lilac is purple - ha) flower buds come out. That I can see anyway.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2005 at 9:12AM
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OlightO(5- North Shore)

I was examinging buds yesterday, as well, and could see no difference. My lilacs are transplanted from seedlings about a foot tall. They are in their third year and about 4 feet high. Anybody have any idea how long I will have to wait for them to flower or if I can do anything to speed the process? Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2005 at 2:47PM
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sheryl_ontario(Muncho Lake, BC z2)

Make sure they are in full sun. I've seen them fower at only 2'-3' tall.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2005 at 8:00PM
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i would like to no the diff. also.
i have a real nice lilac bush in my landscaping.
I took some soft wood cuttings from it and they are doing really well. I hope to have blooms in 3 yeas or so.
Sofar i have not known any thing to speed the process.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2009 at 12:54PM
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