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bofisher
Lilac bush with no flowers

We have a lilac bush that has no flowers yet the bush has new growth and looks very healthy. Is there something that we should be doing (pruning back, special fertilizer, etc) to promote flowering?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers

If you cut it back or cut off blooms it will take two years to bloom again. If you want blooms every year never remove more than 1/3 of the blooms.
Jack

bofisher
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

If you cut it back or cut off blooms it will take two years to bloom again. If you want blooms every year never remove more than 1/3 of the blooms.
Jack

So is there anything we should be doing to promote flowering? We have not pruned this bush since we planted it a couple of years ago.

canuk
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers

Well not being too well versed in the art of green thumbs ...... the things I've learned over the years .... it takes about 3 years or so before a lilac will flower.

They require plenty of afternoon sunlight 4-6 hours worth ... so any other trees around them blocking sunlight will hamper them.

If they are planted in acidic soil .... or where there used to be pine trees .... then adding some lime to the soil will help.

If the lilac is located in a lawn area that recieves fertilizer ..... it's getting a lot of nitrogen instead of the phosphates and they're getting pretty green development but no bud development. Phosphate is good for bud development plus roots.

Just athought. :)

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers

Some varities take up to 4 years befor thay bloom. Here is an excelant resource on lilacs http://www.gardenersnet.com/lilac.htm I suggest you click on the links at the bottom of the page for "care and feeding " and "why no bloooms".
Jack

canuk
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers
Quote:

You will now be known as "Lilac Jack"

...... Jack say it isn't so.:D

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers
canuk wrote:

...... Jack say it isn't so.:D

Am I going to have to put you on my ignore list Canuk?:eek::D
Jack

canuk
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers

Ok Ok ... off to my room ....:D

Geez ... at least this thread hasn't been invaded by spam ... yet. :D

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Lilac bush with no flowers

Give it time, those Chinese are a persistent bunch.:mad:
Jack

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