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After this, any necessary pruning should be done immediately after the flowering period is.

Jul 08, When to Prune Lilac Bushes. Many of the newer lilac varieties grow quickly and might need pruning starting in their second or third year. In general, by the time a stem reaches more than 2 inches in diameter, it should be pruned. If you are diligent with annual pruning of your lilac, the shrub will grow to about 8 feet tall with flowers throughout the bushleaning.buzzg: Harvest AL. Apr 02, How to Prune Lilac Bushes.

When pruning lilacs, cutting back the tops of overgrown stems is oftentimes not enough.

It is generally better to cut the entire stem. Trimming lilacs is best accomplished using clippers. Remove spent blooms all the way to the stems to prevent seeding and encourage more blooms later on. Cut back about a third of the bushleaning.buzzg: Harvest AL.

Apr 28, To prune your lilacs, start deadheading in early-to-late spring by cutting the flowers at their base just after they’ve reached their peak. You should also cut any flowers that are already dying so they don’t sap energy that could be used for new growth%(4).

A second way to prune old lilacs is to cut back the overgrown shrubs over a three-year period. Begin the procedure by removing one-third of the large, old stems at ground level in late winter.

The following year (again in late winter), prune out one-half of the remaining old bushleaning.buzzg: Harvest AL. Apr 25, Dwarf lilacs rarely need pruning ‘Palibin’ Meyer lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) and ‘Miss Kim’ Manchurian lilac (Syringa pubescens ssp. patula ‘Miss Kim’) are both relatively small lilacs with a twiggy bushleaning.buzz pruning other than deadheading is required on these types.

As the plants age, you can remove a few of the oldest stems to make room for younger, more vigorous bushleaning.buzzted Reading Time: 8 mins.