The heady fragrance of the perennial lilac gently fills the air around it with a sweet, sentimental scent no one ever tires of.

HOW TO GROW & CARE FOR LILACS

Lilacs have been grown for centuries and with good reason. Their tolerance for most any type of soil and their ability to survive in most climates make them an obvious choice. Lilacs don’t need much fertilizing, either. A light dose of general purpose fertilizer once a year (early summer) is plenty. Or if you really want to enhance the blooms of your lilac bush, spread the ashes from you fireplace on the ground around the bushes a few times a year.

It is easy to start a new lilac bush, as they readily put out shoots from their deep roots. Simply dig down, break off from the main base and plant.

Lilacs are tolerant of most soils and climates, but they do not like to have their roots wet or soggy. For this reason, it is best to water them only on occasion if you live in a hot, dry climate. Otherwise, the rain should serve as a sufficient water source for established lilac bushes. Newly planted bushes, however, will need to be watered once or twice a week to keep them from wilting (until well established).

LILAC FACTS

  • Once the lilac blooms have set on, you will not have to wait long to enjoy them. They will do best, however when the spring is dry and moderately cool (50 to 65 F).
  • Lilacs are used in perfumes.
  • Lilacs come in the traditional purple or lilac color as well as pink and white.
  • Lilacs are prone to powdery mildew on their leaves-a grayish coating. Treat with soapy water or commercial products.
  • If you want to purchase a lilac rather than get one from a friend, prices generally run around $30-$40.

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