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When the plants are dormant you can try digging them out and raising them.

Wait until early to midsummer, then examine the Miss Kim lilac bush for branches that have few or no leaves.

But with lilacs, the only time deadheading seems to help them bloom better is during the first few years of growth.

Cut these branches off near the base of the bush with hand pruners or loppers. This will redirect the plant's energy to its healthier portions. Apr 02, The best time for pruning lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased. This allows new shoots plenty of time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning lilacs too late can kill young developing buds.

Jun 17, 'Miss Kim' lilacs require less pruning than the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris. But you might choose to prune it to shape the plant, to maintain a certain height, or to encourage reblooming. Prune right after the blooming period because 'Miss Kim' blooms on old wood. If you prune too late in the season, you will remove next year's blooms; pruning that is too severe might even reduce flowering Botanical Name: Syringa pubescens subsp.

patula 'Miss Kim'. Jul 08, The time to prune mature lilac plants is just after the flowers have faded in the spring. Lilacs set next season's flower buds almost immediately, so late pruning will. Firstly you prune after flowering. That will preserve the blooms for next year on the parts you leave intact. Secondly you prune lilacs from their base. You take about a third of the oldest branches out by cutting them with a pruning saw at the base of the plant.

The next year you take another third and the next year the final third. As soon as the lilac bush's flowers are dead, trim each flower stem back to the leaves, removing all trace of the flowers. This step stops the lilac from using its energy to make seeds.

Blooms are often dependent on the weather.

Feb 18, The blooms come later in the season, beautiful dark lavender to purple and as fragrant and fragrant can be. Miss Kim Lilac is hardy in zones 4 through 8, loves full sun but does just as well in partial shade. Unlike other Lilacs Miss Kim is very resistant to the dreaded powdery mildew that affects the french hybrid lilacs.

Miss Kim Lilac Flower. If you want to prune Baby Kim lilac, do so immediately after it blooms in late spring. Never cut it back in fall, winter, or early spring - doing so will remove the spring flower buds. Pruning is not necessary, particularly for small, tidy varieties like this. Dec 10, Cut spent flower heads off after the lilac has finished blooming, when one or two new shoots become visible under the flower cluster.

Make the cut just above a new shoot or bud.