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Posted by thonotorose FL 9 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 1, 12 at 20:41

I am writing for my cousin who is not on Garden Web, yet.

She has a lilac in that has only bloomed once in the five or more years it has been in the ground.

She is in town' in Neenah. I told her that the ph may be a factor, but am guessing from here in Florida.

Do you have any tips for her?


Veronica for her cousin Patty.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Lilacs

have the soil tested first

RE: Lilacs

Is it full sun?


RE: Lilacs

It is in full sun.

RE: Lilacs

Does she prune the shrub? A common mistake. Lilacs are very particular in that the only time to safely prune and still have flowers is within 2 weeks of blooms' wain. Any other time and you are risking removal of flower buds for the next cycle. Of course, pruning at the incorrect time will never kill or harm the health of the plant.

RE: Lilacs

Every time I have been asked this question of a seemingly healthy lilac not blooming, the reason I found was the lilac was trimmed back after mid-summer (July) and the flower buds, which form on the tips of the new growth, were cut off and the plant did not have enough time to form new flower buds. Lilacs like a sweet soil....the addition of a little lime to the soil in the root zone will improve the color, size and abundance of flowers.

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