How to Prune Lilacs After Blooming

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Pruning lilacs after blooming is something that requires a sharp set of pruners. Prune lilacs after blooming with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon. I'm from Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about how to prune lilacs after blooming. Why do you prune a lilac after blooming? Because that's the right time of year. That's how you are going to get them to bloom even more in the following years and the only thing you really need is a good sharp set of pruners. You need to prune them after they have flowered. Now the plant we have in front of us today is not a lilac. It's actually a Vitex but the principle is very much the same. So when you prune them, what you will need to do to get that fresh growth coming along for next year's blooms, you're going to try to open the plant up a little bit, go in there between the buds half way, sharp cut at an angle, really important. If the bush is just too big and overbearing, cut back, half way between the breaks of the leaves is a great example and what you are trying to do is to really reshape your bush into a nice symmetrical bush. Lilacs will get quite tall depending on the variety. There are lots of fabulous new varieties available on the market coming in different colors, purples, whites, blues, they are really fun. There's a great new one from The National Arboretum called Declaration and another one called Old Glory. So prune them regularly, encourage that young growth. You'll be successful with lilacs in your garden.

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