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What soil for Lilac trees?

i wondered if there's a certain type of soil I should plant my lilac trees in and will they be ok in large pots (2ft wide and deep terracotta)? In Scotland!


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,870

    i would use John Innes no 3 loam based compost. 

    Ordinary multipurpose potting compost is far too fibrous and light for permanent planting of shrubs. 

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  • Thank you - I will do! Should I use grit in the bottom of the pot?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,650

    I agree JI. No.3, with some grit for drainage.

    Whether they can stay in pots depends on type of Lilac; there are some dwarf types, which would be fie, but there are some that will grow far too big for that size of pot.

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