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tippben
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reducing Lilac Reply with quote

I have a Lilac, 9' by 5', which has three main stems. 6 years in the ground from a 10 litre pot. It is crowding other plants. I need to remove two stems, equaling 60%ish of the crown. That's double the recommended maximum reduction for mature trees, and I know that Lilacs hate being pruned. OK, I confess, I put the wrong plant in the wrong place! It's the first Lilac I've ever planted and lived with. I know that if I prune, I can expect a huge growth spurt in height, and no flowers. I'd actually prefer it as a standard. How would you approach this?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's in the wrong place, dig it up completely.

If you cut it back to a stump, it'll surely grow again. It's hard to kill plants, I find.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tippben,
How did your lilac work out on the end??

I'm thinking of a lilac hedge but will want to keep it to 5 / 6 ft high, which obvs means pruning....
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Margo
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with pruning is it stops it blooming. I pruned mine quite harshly as it was getting so high. I didn't get blooms for over 3 years.
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