Not enough sun, too much fertilizer, too much moisture and improper pruning are all reasons flowers may not appear on a lilac bush. These problems must be overcome before blooms will reappear.Know More
Preferring full sunlight, lilacs require sun exposure for at least half the day or they fail to bloom. Plants grown in the shade are also more likely to grow fungus, which may affect the blooming of flowers. Remove shading branches from surrounding trees to increase the amount of sun the plant receives. Transplanting the bush to a sunnier location can also solve the problem.
Lilacs do not need to be fertilized. Adding fertilizer to the soil may cause the lilac to concentrate on producing more leaves and branches at the expense of buds. Stopping fertilization often returns the blooms.
Well-drained soil is essential to prevent root rot and general signs of poor health. Healthy plants are more likely to produce flowers. If the soil around the lilac is too moist, develop a drainage system to remove the water, or transplant the lilac to another location.
Cutting a lilac bush after the new buds have set can result in few or no blooms the following year. Lilacs should be pruned as soon as the blooms fade. Do not prune the bush too severely, as this can prevent blooms for several years.Learn more about Trees & Bushes
Trim lilac bushes once they reach six to eight feet in height and after they bloom. Because lilacs bloom on old growth each year, prune the current year's old growth to ensure beautiful, fragrant blooms the next year.Full Answer >
Prune a lilac bush by removing one-third of the stems each year, trimming away dead or damaged limbs, removing suckers, pruning awkward and thick branches, deadheading the bush, and shaping the plant. Pruning shears are needed for this task.Full Answer >
Fruit trees often do not need much fertilizer. Many mature trees can get what they need from a well-fertilized lawn. Younger trees, or those not producing fruits can benefit from a boost of fertilizer. Citrus trees require different applications.Full Answer >
Transplant a lilac bush by severing some of the roots in the winter and spring and removing the root ball before the plant begins to bloom. Prepare a hole twice the size of the root ball, finish severing the roots, and replant the bush.Full Answer >