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How do you get a lilac to bloom?

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Asked by nananessa at 6:20 PM on Oct. 3, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • I have heard that it takes 7 years before they'll bloom, and it did take about that for ours.

    Answer by Bmat at 6:28 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • These bushes are closer to 10 or 12 years old, the soild here is not very good.

    Comment by nananessa (original poster) at 6:32 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • I don't know if they haven't bloomed yet and they are that old are they too big to move I planted mone 5 years ago when we moved in on the South side of the house and they bloomed the next summer and have since Maybe talk to the local garden center about them

    Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 6:57 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • You can try using the process of elimination. There are five main reasons that Lilacs fail to bloom: insufficient sunlight, too much nitrogen fertilizer, improper planting (planted too deeply), improper pruning (pruning at the wrong time) or winterkill of the flower buds. If you are fertilizing your bushes (or near your bushes), stop. Lilacs set their flower buds for next year on this year's growth. If you pruned them last season in late summer, say late July or August, you may have removed the flower buds for this growing season. Also, Lilacs will typically not bloom the season after a harsh pruning, so you may need to wait until next year before you see flowers. If you suspect winter damage to your flower buds, you can only hope for milder winters or plant a hardier variety. Pulling some soil back from the roots will help if you think it may be planted too deeply. Lilacs need full sun to flower. You might take a sucker from

    Answer by SophiaofLight at 7:17 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • the plant, root it in a bucket of water and then plant starts from the main bush

    Answer by SophiaofLight at 7:18 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • What Sophia said!

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:16 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • No. We wait as long as possible.

    Answer by DawnDietz777 at 12:47 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Unfortunately Lilac blooms for a couple weeks in the spring. You should plant different varieties of lilac. They have some for early, mid, late, seasons.

    Answer by TwannaB. at 10:12 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

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