Many would agree that lilac bushes are lovely. A lot of people like to add them to their gardens. Different types of lilac bushes come with different flower colors. However, the most common and most familiar are the purple blooming Syringa vulgaris. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to butterflies. They also bloom at eye-level so they are easy to enjoy watching.
Lilac bushes are easy to grow and maintain – another quality that makes them ideal garden plants. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need care.
In planting lilacs:
- Soil needs to be humus-rich. Neutral to alkaline is ideal. For poor conditioned soil, just add compost.
- Plant them where they will get at least 6 hours of full sun. Otherwise, they won’t bloom well.
- Make sure the area is well drained. Too much water may hinder blooming.
- Spring or fall would be both good planting times. Fall is better though.
- A sucker or offshoot is all you need to plant a lilac. Dig a hole and give it a backfill of soil, then stick the offshoot. It doesn’t look too nice at this point but just water it and it will become a nice-looking plant in 4 to 5 years.
- Transplanting from a nursery is not difficult. If yours is container-grown, spread the roots while you settle it to the ground. If it’s burlapped or balled, make sure you gently remove any rope before planting. Plant it 2 to 3 inches deeper than how it was planted in the nursery.
- For multiples, plant them 5 to 15 feet apart, depending on what variety you have.
Caring for lilac bushes:
- Apply a compost layer under the plant and follow up with mulch each spring.
- In summer, water them if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
- Do not go overboard on fertilizer as they won’t bloom.
- After they are finished blooming, apply some well-rotted manure and lime at the base of the plant.