If you have ever had a lilac plant, you probably know that when it grows too large, its flowers fade and that is why it is better to do a periodic pruning to keep your lilac blooming and blooming. If the lilacs are allowed to grow, they will propagate on their own, without maintenance pruning, you will get bushes that reach many meters in height and also the flowers will remain above your head.
Lilac plants that are properly pruned will bloom better, to maintain constant flowers and a beautiful appearance, it is necessary to constantly renew the plants with periodic pruning. As a general rule, it will be necessary to have pruning so that the lilac plant is always beautiful.
When should lilacs be pruned?
The lilacs young do not require pruning until they have a considerable height. The time to prune mature lilacs is right after they fade. It is something that you should do to ensure that you can have lilacs each season even if you have to sacrifice some flowers. Early pruning will help the plant have more energy to develop.
How to prune lilacs?
The rule of thumb for pruning lilac plants is to cut no more than a third of the bush (stem) each year. This will keep the plant rejuvenating with new stem development and better flowering. Your goal is to have the bush plant of lilac with 8 or 12 stems of various sizes but all with the same diameter. To start with the pruning you will have to remove the dead, diseased or too thick stems.
Why Pruning Is Important
It is important that you prune your lilacs so that they do not grow too large and become something more cumbersome than beautiful. Remember that you will only have to cut the tops of the long stems that come out of the plant, something that has a shape that seems sloppy to you. You will be the one who has the best criteria to do the pruning and that, in addition to being aesthetic, is suitable for the plant .
If you need help pruning your lilacs because you want it to have more branching, because you have a diseased plant and you do not know how to do it, then I advise you to go to a professional for advice, since you have to ensure that your plant is in good condition.