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Beginner Gardening Questions: Purple Passion Lilac does not get blooms

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Orland Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 30, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #9103908

I have had this plant for 5 years and not one bloom. I have pruned in spring and fall, fertilized, moved it to another state and NOTHING. It does grow very well.
Russell, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 30, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9103943

Stop pruning it and see that it is receiving enough light.
If you have pruned it in the fall you have simply cut your flower buds off.
Even pruning the wrong time in the spring cuts off buds.

Water it, feed it a tad in the spring, and leave it alone!
Orland Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 30, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9103981

I have not pruned it for the last 3 years and fertilized it every spring and fall. It gets full sun over 8 hours per day. I have never seen a bud.
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9104058

Maybe too much fertilizer? Too much nitrogen can stimulate green growth at the expense of flowers. Alternatively, any chance it's getting browsed by deer who are chewing the flower buds off?


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 30, 2012
8:16 PM

Post #9104851

Sounds like too much fertilizer
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 3, 2012
9:44 PM

Post #9109612

"Leaving it alone" is excellent advice.

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