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As long as the plant is healthy and you keep.

Of course, you can prune in the fall if absolutely required.

How do you prune an old lilac bush? Trimming lilacs is best accomplished using clippers. Remove spent blooms all the way to the stems to prevent seeding and encourage more blooms later on.

Cut back about a third of the branches. The best time for pruning lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased. If you are pruning lilac trees or shrubs entirely to within inches of the ground, it is best to do so in early spring. New shoots will develop during the regular growing season as long as there are a few healthy shoots left. Can I cut a lilac bush to the ground? Yearly pruning keeps lilacs under control Old stems become less and less productive and, if not grafted, should be cut back to the ground.

New shoots and suckers should be thinned out to keep them properly spaced around the shrub. Can you air layer lilacs? Timing.

It is really leafing out really well.

Funny you should have that experience with 'Miss Kim' - it is considered one of the most reliable small shrubs for midwestern gardens. And it is certainly not new, being a selection that was introduced to this country in from seeds collected in Timing is the Decisive Factor in Pruning Lilacs If you want to have your blooms next year, it is crucial to prune in those first few weeks after blooming ends.

Ideally, this is when you would do maintenance pruning each year. But I get so lazy busy, I end up with a ten foot bush with ten blooms on top.

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