pruning lilac

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  1. flowerpotty

    flowerpotty Gardener

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    When is the best time of year to prune these plants? I assume after they heve flowered in May is the best time.
     
  2. Marley Farley

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    Well I wouldn't do anything until it flowers.. I love to cut some & bring them indoors for their scent, but the best is this I think..

    Hope that helps but that is basically what I do & I get a good show of blooms each year & I keep my tree quite small in doing so.. :wink:
     
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    You can be totally brutal with lilac.

    I had one in my previous house which was in the way of a fence being built. The builders cut it down at the base and put the fence through. Sure enough it grew rapidly and within two years was its previous size again!

    So I wouldn't worry too much at all.
     
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