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No absolute"right" or"wrong" in pruning. The choice is always yours. Shear a shrub, do more selective pruning or simply let it grow -- all of these are"right" if the effort is tolerable and the result is pleasing to you.

Below, left: The dwarf lilac, overgrown. Center: That lilac in the first stage of being cut back and kept small. Right: The size it will remain now that it will be cut just once annually per these directions. Jun 30, The general shrub pruning rule is to cut no more than a third of the stems each year. 2  That will help the plant remain constantly vital, with new stems developing as old stems bloom. Your goal is to have a lilac bush that has somewhere between eight to 12 stems of various ages, all of them between 1 to 2 inches in takedownshrub.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. 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 allows new shoots plenty of time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning lilacs too late can kill young developing buds. If you are pruning lilac trees or shrubs entirely to within inches of the ground, it is best to do so in early takedownshrub.pwted Reading Time: 2 mins. Sep 21, Prune Dwarf Lilac Bushes Dwarf lilacs -- various Syringa species and cultivars -- are prized for their clusters of fragrant blooms and a compact growth habit.

Dwarf lilacs generally require much less pruning for shaping and height control than standard-size lilac trees and shrubs.



Whenever possible, avoid pruning the lilac in summer, fall or winter, because the lilac blooms on growth produced during the previous growing season.



Clean them this way between uses and between plants. Jan 09, When pruning this way cut out any dead or weak canes, then cut out 2/3rds of the suckers or shoots coming up at the base, leave 1/3 for future blooming stems. You can actually dig the suckers up and pot them to make more lilacs if you wish, they actually mature faster than taking cuttings and rooting them.

Jun 10, Fragrant, colorful lilacs are easy to grow in most regions. Whether your lilac is a shrub or a small tree, it will need to be regularly pruned in order to maintain a healthy shape and size. To prune lilacs, get to work in the spring: cut fresh flowers for bouquets, nip off the longest stems, and thin out any weak stems at the takedownshrub.pw: K.





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