Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Off topic forum > Gardening

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old May 10th, 2010, 07:36 AM
Masha's Avatar
Masha Masha is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 745
Lilac Bush stopped blooming

My folks got a lilac tree several eyars ago and it bloomed in the first year and then stopped blooming afterwards. They thought it had too little sun in their yard so we transplanted it to my yard where there is more sun. Its been two summers already and even though it gets full and leafy it hasnt bloomed for the second year already.The lilac bush that my neighburs have, right on the same spot on the other side of the fence, blooms beautifully.

Any ideas about whats wrong with my lilac bush and what to do to make it bloom next year?
__________________
Mommy to two amazing boys and one awesome girl:

Monkey and Amy (cats)
Jermy (GSD)


“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.”

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old May 10th, 2010, 07:44 AM
Melinda's Avatar
Melinda Melinda is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,248
could be a couple of reasons that I can think of off hand, did the bush come from a nursery? they are "force" bloomed before their time, some lilacs will not bloom for the first 3- possibly 6 yrs even though they had blooms on it at the nursery, it takes that long to reach maturity, another reason could be shock, the year you move the bush they usually go into "shock" and won't bloom that season. Or if your soil is too acidic (but usually soil is good for lilacs) some nurseries sell lilacs not zoned to the area you're in.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old May 10th, 2010, 05:09 PM
chico2's Avatar
chico2 chico2 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 26,593
I learned too,not to over-trim a Lilac,only deadhead it as it finished blooming,or you will not get flowers again.
__________________
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old May 11th, 2010, 05:02 AM
Melinda's Avatar
Melinda Melinda is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,248
I've never deadheaded, will it give me more blooms Chico??
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old May 11th, 2010, 08:03 AM
14+kitties's Avatar
14+kitties 14+kitties is offline
150% PRO S/N
Starcastle Champion, V:force Champion, UFO Shoot Out Champion, Parachute Panic Champion, Mission To Mars Champion, Disc Dash Champion, Crazy Closet Champion, Railway Line Champion, Penguin Pass Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MYOB
Posts: 15,408
I would think maturity and/or soil are the culprits. Depending on how much work you want to put in here is a couple of sites for you.......

http://landscaping.about.com/od/help...s_blooming.htm

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/tree...t-blooming.htm
__________________
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.

We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old May 11th, 2010, 08:57 AM
chico2's Avatar
chico2 chico2 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 26,593
Melinda,a man I knew who grew a lot of Lilacs said deadheading is very important and I do get a lot of blooms.
__________________
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old May 11th, 2010, 09:02 AM
Melinda's Avatar
Melinda Melinda is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,248
maybe if I just do the ones by my house.....I have lilac bushes lining my driveway, out back lining one side of my yard and then on the south side of my home lining the full wall.....but if I just did the ones near the home maybe that would be good enough? I'll take a pic of them in bloom next week
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old May 11th, 2010, 09:33 AM
Masha's Avatar
Masha Masha is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 745
The bush is from a nursery and never bloomed after the initial year when it was purchased with blooms already on it... there is not a single bloom so nothing to deadhead...

can it be the soil even if my neighbours bush, which is right next by but seperated by fence has many pretty blooms?

only 4 years have passed since the bush was purchased so maybe we need to wait a few more years...
__________________
Mommy to two amazing boys and one awesome girl:

Monkey and Amy (cats)
Jermy (GSD)


“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.”

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old May 11th, 2010, 09:48 AM
14+kitties's Avatar
14+kitties 14+kitties is offline
150% PRO S/N
Starcastle Champion, V:force Champion, UFO Shoot Out Champion, Parachute Panic Champion, Mission To Mars Champion, Disc Dash Champion, Crazy Closet Champion, Railway Line Champion, Penguin Pass Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MYOB
Posts: 15,408
Quote:
Originally Posted by Masha View Post
can it be the soil even if my neighbours bush, which is right next by but seperated by fence has many pretty blooms?

only 4 years have passed since the bush was purchased so maybe we need to wait a few more years...
Yes, it can. If the neighbours have added nutrients to their soil, if their soil was brought in by a different contractor than yours, if you have a "bad" patch of soil with lots of clay, if, if, if........ So many different variable. The only thing you can do is to test your soil. You can get kits at Canadian Tire. They aren't expensive. Then you will know what type of soil you are dealing with.
And it is possible it is just immature.
__________________
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.

We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old May 18th, 2010, 03:43 PM
Masha's Avatar
Masha Masha is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 745
will buy a soil test this weekend... we do have a lot of clay.. will let you knwo what the test results are...thanks!
__________________
Mommy to two amazing boys and one awesome girl:

Monkey and Amy (cats)
Jermy (GSD)


“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.”

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old May 29th, 2010, 11:05 AM
catlover2's Avatar
catlover2 catlover2 is offline
Catlover2
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
Posts: 1,031
Canadian Garden Forum

Suggest you post your question on Cdn Garden Forum.

http://www.canadiangardening.com/forum/
__________________
"We humans are indeed fortunate if we happen to be chosen to be owned by a cat." -- Anonymous
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 AM.