Want a Lush Blossom of Lilacs this year to the envy of all your neighbors? Prune the plant correctly in the Spring, and I will tell you how
Jan 19, 2021
Novice gardeners, as I myself once was, are faced with a sluggish flowering of lilacs. During my practice as a gardener, I ruined 3 lilacs and only in the fourth I learned how to properly handle this, at first glance, picky plant.
It all depends on the type of lilac you choose. For example, for the first time I started a variegated lilac. I could not give her special care, and she died.
Therefore, it is better for beginners or those who start lilacs for the first time on the varieties "Beauty of Moscow" or "Amurskaya".
Here I will share tips from personal experience. The tips will be broken down by seasons to make it clear what to use and when.
In the spring, the lilac begins to bloom, so that the flowering is violent, you need to perform certain actions in March or early April:
Clear the trunk of the lilac from snow and last year's leaves
Treat with pest control (copper oxychloride)
Make fertilizer from the options below
Use a garden drill to create pits 50-70 cm deep
Fill the pits tightly with fertilizer
Loosen the soil with a rake
· Cut off young stems damaged by frost, wind or disease.
1. Rotten manure (horse, cow)
2. A mixture of wood ash, lime and rotted manure
3. Mineral fertilizers: nitrogen, phosphorus
4. Complex fertilizers: molybdenum
In the summer, somewhere in June, you need to cut off the lilac inflorescences so that the branches do not break under their weight. You can't break the branches yourself! This will lead to diseases in the plant. So I killed my second bush. In August, I re-remove the damaged branches.
In the period from June to August, subject to dry weather, lilacs need constant watering. You need to water no more than once a week, although again, look at the variety. In the summer, I water my lilacs once every five days. If the summer is rainy, then the plant will have enough natural moisture.
The exception here will be breeding varieties. They tend to require more moisture than wild lilacs.
In the fall, my lilac variety does not require much maintenance. Only from 15 August to 15 September I once again cut the broken branches and fertilize the soil. I live in a cool region of Russia.
Already in mid-October I have to put on a bag on my lilac. This helps the plant get used to the sudden temperature changes.
At the beginning of winter, I advise you to look at the age of the plant. If the lilac is over 4 years old, then it can easily cope with the frost. If younger, put a plastic bag on it. Lilac can be grown in a greenhouse, but you will not transplant it into the garden. She will die from the cold.
I hope my experience will help you grow the most beautiful lilacs, to the envy of all your neighbors. Good luck!