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Tipping off your lilacs in this way will encourage them to sprout new, healthy growth.



We do it by leaving the shrub 6" shorter after the spring pruning than we want it to be at bloom time the following spring. Year three and beyond: To keep a dwarf lilac small, start out by accepting that it has the potential to be as big as those at the very top of this page and that you must prune it regularly. Jun 30, When to Prune Lilac Bushes. Many of the newer lilac varieties grow quickly and might need pruning starting in their second or third year.

In general, by the time a stem reaches more than 2 inches in diameter, it should be pruned. If you are diligent with annual pruning of your lilac, the shrub will grow to about 8 feet tall with flowers throughout the treefalling.pwted Reading Time: 6 mins.





Prune these spring flowering shrubs soon after they have bloomed. Top prune the plant to improve the shape and reduce its size but, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the top growth.

Some summer pruning can also be done on particularly vigorous plants but, not after mid-July. As the plant matures, some “renewal pruning” should be done. Dec 10, Cut one or two of the lilac's oldest stems back to the base of the plant if the shrub is several years old and becoming bare or scraggly looking at the base.

This encourages the growth of. Sep 21, Cut branches back selectively to shape the dwarf lilac bush as desired, removing no more than one-third of any stem and making a clean cut just above a bud facing in the desired direction.

Cut one or two of the lilac's oldest stems back to the base of the plant if the shrub is several years old and becoming bare or scraggly looking at the base.

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. In the spring after it has bloomed, when you cut it back again, trim your lilac tree to one foot shorter than the height you want it to reach during springtime.

When you prune a lilac tree, you want to give it as much of a chance to be healthy and strong. Cutting it back like this is helpful to your lilac tree.





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