Asked on Mar 20, 2012

I've had an old-fashioned lilac (transplanted) for 5 years now with beautiful foliage, but no blooms. Any ideas?

Debbiejo68PJ PeddieDouglas Hunt


It's in full sun and is a strong, healthy just hasn't blossomed.
7 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Even if the plant was very young when you transplanted it, Michelle, your lilac should have bloomed by now. Have you ever pruned it? If so, you may have inadvertently pruned off the next season's buds. What about fertilizing? A fertilizer high in nitrogen will cause a plant to produce foliage at the expense of blooms.

    • Cindy
      on Apr 3, 2015

      @Douglas Hunt thanks for your knowledge. Very appreciated :)

  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Did it come from nearby? If it came from another part of the country it might not be getting enough chill hours in Clarksville

  • Garden Inspire
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Do not prune it except to remove broken or dead branches. If it does bloom then prune right after blooming to remove dead flowers. Pruning later will remove any flower buds forming for the next year.

  • Michelle D
    on Mar 21, 2012

    This was an established shoot that came from my grandmother's original shrub within the same county, but a slightly different soil content. I've never pruned it, and only ever fetilized with a basic Peter's that I use every 2-3 weeks throughout the summer. Thanks for the suggestions; I'll keep researching...not ready to give up yet!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 21, 2012

    Maybe it just needs a little longer. I'd definitely want to hang on to a plant that came from my grandmother.

  • PJ Peddie
    on Apr 30, 2015

    try epson salt ???? helped mine

  • Debbiejo68
    on May 19, 2015

    Hi, I am from Va. I transplanted one at one time and it took 12 years before it bloomed. I have no idea why. I read on the internet somewhere where someone said he had one for 30 years and never had bloomed. Very disappointing.

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