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Pruning Lilac

Hi all, hope you can help, a friend of mine has a Lilac in the back garden which has gotten a little out of control, would it be ok to remove a few limbs now? and tame it a little or would I really have to wait untill late Summer?

Many thanks

Mark

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    That depends-if you prune it now that will probably mean losing next years flowers-they are best pruned after flowering around May or so.

    So the choice is- do you lose a years flower and tame it now?

    Whatever you do they are the toughest of plants and respond well to pruning

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,423

    If you remove some large limbs to base you may be Ok but if you shorten branches all round it will be as Ernie says.



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • Thanks Guys much appreciated image

  • Lilacs flower beautifully after being pruned, the trick is not to let them get too woody

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