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Once rejuvenated, pruning should be a regular part of the maintenance program for lilacs.



Jun 01, It's not as necessary on older, established lilacs, not to mention a time-consuming job on a big shrub with lots of blooms (this is also true for rhododendrons).

The best time to deadhead is within a few weeks after blooming to give your lilac the most time to develop bloom buds for the next treemulching.pwted Reading Time: 7 mins. Apr 28, To prune your lilacs, start deadheading in early-to-late spring by cutting the flowers at their base just after they’ve reached their peak.

You should also cut any flowers that are already dying so they don’t sap energy that could be used for new growth%(4).



This is similar to deadheading but you are cutting off the flowers before they are dead.



May 19, Older shrubs that have outgrown their space can be pruned hard in winter, when they are dormant. This diminishes the year's bloom, but a crowded shrub may not be blooming well anyway. Drastic pruning should be done in stages, taking away some of the old stems over several winters. Remove only 1/4 to 1/3 of the largest stems per year.

Lilac bushes are some of the plants which need this for proper, orderly growth. You can start pruning them when they are years old, and have established themselves well. In their case, it is important not only to prune, but also to do so at the right time of the year.



For older lilacs that have not enjoyed good annual maintenance a more severe renovation prune is in order.



Here are certain tips that may guide you on how to prune lilac bushes. Jan 09, Cut back 1/3 of the older lilac canes or branches. The following year cut out the next 1/3 of the oldest branches then the final year cut back the last of the oldest branches.

Doing this in 1/3’s will let you have blooms and still cut back the old worn out branches fully renovating the lilac.





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