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|Lilac Planting & Care
can be planted in spring once the ground has thawed or in the fall
before the ground freezes. In spring, lilacs are shipped dormant and are
likely to have bare roots and no leaves or buds. Please be assured, the
lilac is not dead, only "sleeping." Upon arrival, remove any packaging
from the root system and soak the roots in tepid water for 10 to 15 minutes.
How to care for the lilac if you can't plant right away:
If you can't plant the lilac right away, soak the roots as described above, then plant the lilac temporarily in a holding bed. Set the lilac at an angle ("heeled") and entirely pack the roots with soil. Add additional soil and keep the soil moist until you are ready to plant.
There are four basic rules to follow in taking care of your lilac(s): plenty of sunlight, good drainage, provide good soil and pruning.
Choosing the planting site
Avoid planting lilacs along walls or among large trees (or trees that will grow tall). Use complementary shrubs, plants, or other garden outcroppings to enhance the appearance before and after bloom. Space lilacs no less than 6 to 10 feet apart. Crowding requires more frequent and drastic pruning.
Make good use of available sunlight; try a south or southwest spot out of the way of doors or windows. Lilacs require a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily. The amount of sunlight dictates the appearance, color, and quantity of bloom. Too much sunlight is better than not enough.
Good drainage is characterized
by the soil's ability to retain sufficient
Before planting, try digging
a hole about 8 inches in diameter by 12 inches
To improve drainage:
1.Remove the topsoil from
the actual planting site (an area equal to 2
2.Mix sand and/or fine gravel
6 to 10 inches deep into the subsoil (not
3.Mix the reserved topsoil with peat, vermiculite or other porous amendment to cover the root system when the lilac is planted.
1.The planting hole should
be deep and wide enough to accommodate
2.When planting, place the
top of the root ball level with the surface of the hole. If the lilac is
bareroot, the top layer of roots should be a few
Remember to water your
lilacs regularly throughout the summer.
should be applied at the base of the plant early each spring to help provide
the plant with nutrients for the coming year. Buds are set the
Using mulch will help hold
water in the soil and reduce heat stress. If you
To encourage repeating blooms, the Josee Lilac must have its dead flowers removed after each bloom. When blooms have faded, remove the flower heads by cutting just below the individual flower heads. This will stimulatethe production of new flower and leaf buds on the plant. All lilac varieties will benefit from regular deadheading.
Lilacs do not require annual
however cutting off blooms from main
Cut these main stems down
to 12 to 15 inches from the soil. This will
Lilacs are very hardy and don't require any special precautions for winter.