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Additional thinning of the new shoots should also be done.

New branches that flower more vigorously will replace them in a few years.

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If your lilacs are not getting adequate sunlight, transplant or move the plant to an area where they can get more. While you can plant lilacs in the spring, the fall is preferred%(7). Lilacs thrive in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil (at a pH near ). If your soil is in poor condition, add compost to enrich. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting. For strong bloom, lilacs require full sun- at least 6 Plant Type: Trees, Shrubs, and Vine.

Apr 02, Most lilacs don’t require pruning until they reach about 6 to 8 feet ( m.) tall. The best time for pruning lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased.

This will discourage weeds from growing while keeping the soil moist.

This allows new shoots plenty of time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning lilacs too late can kill young developing buds. Jul 08, Prune Remaining New Stems. Finally, if you want your lilac to fill in more and become shrubbier, prune the remaining new stems to an outward-facing bud.

This means pruning just beyond buds that face away from the center of the plant. This technique will cause more branching and create a denser shrub.

The butterflybush (Buddleja) is sometimes called summer lilac since the blooms resemble those of lilac. Plant this bush in a sunny location and fertilize well.

Virginia's long growing season will keep it flowering for months if you deadhead spent flowers. Good varieties for Virginia include the dark purple 'Black Knight' and the variegated.