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Jul 08, Start by taking out the thickest stems first. Although you'll be losing some flowers for the current year, pruning overgrown lilacs is easiest early in the spring before the branches leaf out. After three consecutive years of pruning your overgrown lilac in this way, new shoots should comprise the bulk of the plant. Prune In Late Spring: You must have observed that the lilac bushes bloom only on old growth.

Prune them right after they have finished blooming, and before they have started budding for the next year’s bushcutting.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. Sep 17, Cut back 1/3 of the older lilac canes or branches. The following year cut out the next 1/3 of the oldest branches then the final year cut back the last of the oldest branches.

Doing this in 1/3’s will let you have blooms and still cut back the old worn-out branches fully renovating the bushcutting.buzzted Reading Time: 7 mins. Jun 19, The best time for pruning older lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased.

You would have to get most of the main roots with the bush.

This allows new shoots time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning too late can kill young developing buds.

Jun 10, Take a look at your lilac bush or tree and assess whether there are any extra-long but healthy-looking stems that need to be cut back. Doing so will help the lilac keep its pretty shape.

Knowing the answer to this commonly asked doubt is very necessary for the maintenance of these plants.

The process of cutting back the stems a bit is called tipping off. Use a hand clipper to cut longer stems back to the next closest pair of side bushcutting.buzz: K. Took 8 yrs. from pot to ground. Getting to wide & tall for my patio area. Afraid if I trim it back this fall, it will take another 8 years to flower. Only place I can have it planted. Townhouse/Small patio. Lilacs set the next seasons blooms right after flowering so the timing of pruning is important.