Asked on Apr 30, 2017

Why do my beautiful lilac trees never bloom?

Janet crossMaryl630Pam Vaughan


I have two lilac trees that come spring, have beautiful green foliage. But when it's time for the ends to bloom, all the flower buds shrivel up and never bloom. I have tried lime, different fertilizers, but no luck. I have not taken a soil sample to the local extension office.
7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Where are they planted? Do they receive ample water?When have you fertilized? What kind of fertilizer was used?Were they pruned at any time?
  • Lisa Aho Ferguson
    on Apr 30, 2017

    It's been awhile since I fertilized, since it didn't make a difference. They are in full sun against my cedar fence. I also have a huge hydrangea bush on same line that did the same thing for 20 years. Now it has the most abundant blooms ever.
  • Snoce
    on May 1, 2017

    Mine only bloom on new growth branches. When do you prune them?
  • Elga Ray
    on May 1, 2017

    Have you tested your soil? They need good soil and fertilizer to bloom. Sometimes, trimming them back will help also. Do they get enough sun?
  • Pam Vaughan
    on May 1, 2017

    my best year yet! I have been growing mine for 5 years first 2.. nothing!! 3rd 2-3 blooms.. last year maybe 15 This year its loaded!! I did put some coffe grounds around the bottom because i thought it had a powdery effect to the leaves each fall.I just did it this spring tho. I thought I was buying bushes... these things ar20+ feet tall !! never fertilized or pruned yet! Beautiful !! :)
  • Maryl630
    on May 1, 2017

    Do not trim lilacs after the Fourth of July. If you do, you will be removing next year's flower buds.
    You may need to give it a severe root pruning. I did this to one lilac that hadn't bloomed for several years and it worked. It has bloomed every year since and that was at least twenty years ago.
  • Janet cross
    on May 2, 2017

    I have also read to put bone meal around them every 3-4 months... I am trying that this year
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