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Heavy pruning of Miss Kim lilacs is not required; however, light pruning will improve the appearance of this bush. Step 1 Wait until early to midsummer, then examine the Miss Kim lilac bush for branches that have few or no leaves.

Cut these branches off near the base of the bush with hand pruners or takedowntree.pwg: New Port Richey. Jun 17, 'Miss Kim' lilacs require less pruning than the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris.



Yes, I know I would be cutting off most or all of this year's blooms but I'm willing to live with that so long as the leafage grows and they otherwise look healthy this spring and summer.



But you might choose to prune it to shape the plant, to maintain a certain height, or to encourage reblooming. Prune right after the blooming period because 'Miss Kim' blooms on old takedowntree.pwcal Name: Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'.





Jan 29, Otherwise, best to prune while the lilac is fully dormant. Pruning when the weather is warmer encourages young new growth that might not survive the still-cold months. It is best to prune out longer individual branches back to the"joint" to prevent the inside of the bush from being bare and void of leaves.



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I learned the hard way on takedowntree.pwg: New Port Richey. Jun 30, The general shrub pruning rule is to cut no more than a third of the stems each year.

2  That will help the plant remain constantly vital, with new stems developing as old stems bloom. Your goal is to have a lilac bush that has somewhere between eight to 12 stems of various ages, all of them between 1 to 2 inches in takedowntree.pwted Reading Time: 6 mins.





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