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When Lilacs
Won't Bloom

When Lilacs Won't Bloom

Courtesy of Gardeners Supply Company

Lilacs are usually fairly reliable bloomers, but sometimes they fail to flower. Here are some tips to make sure yours bloom:

Usually insufficient sunlight is the problem. A minimum of six hours of sun is needed each day.
Too much nitrogen can be a problem. Often lilacs are planted in the lawn and fertilizers used to green up lawns are too high in nitrogen. For the lilac, this causes beautiful green foliage but little bloom. Avoid using fertilizers high in nitrogen.
Make sure you prune at the right time. In early spring, remove any dead or damaged wood. But don't do any major pruning because you can easily remove the dormant flower buds. After the flowers fade, it's OK to do more major pruning, such as reshaping or rejuvenation of an old bush. You can also remove the faded flowers. Just be sure to complete pruning before midsummer. If you wait too long, you risk removing some of the next season's blooms. 

Click here for a complete guide to lilac care and planting.

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