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Thin the lilac.



Apr 27, 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 takedowntree.pws: 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). If you have to look up at a foot lilac bush to see your blooms, then it’s time to prune it down – the right way. Remember: once you let your lilac bush grow much taller than you, it’s going to be difficult to tame.



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It will be far more work-intensive to prune a 15 to 30 foot bush than it would be to prune one that sits at 6 or 8 feet tall. Lilacs are known to get leggy over time and require annual pruning to maintain shape and size.

1 Wipe all debris from your pruning tools. Soak the tools in a mixture of one part bleach to three. Older plants may require a hard pruning almost to the ground to rejuvenate the plant and produce more flowers.



Cut fresh flowers in the spring.



Flower buds on early blooming varieties can be damaged by a late freeze. As lilacs mature, they can grow leggy and overgrown, with little foliage towards the bottom of the shrub. Step 5. Fertilize the lilac bush. Use a fertilizer with a nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium ratio on older plants that are not blooming. You may also use a or fertilizer. Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall by digging a few holes in the soil next to each lilac plant and adding 1 cup of fertilizer to each hole.





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