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Old 06-05-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Last season my Miss Kim lilac (which blooms a bit later than the common lilac) was just loaded with blossoms. This season I am getting about half the amount of last year. The bush looks very healthy and has increased in size. It is about 8 years old this year. Wondering why and if I should feed it. I am located in mid Maine where lilacs flourish. We had an extremly warm spell in March and I thought that may be the reason. Now we are into a spell that is very wet and colder than normal. I know the weather through out the year can have a profound effect on shrubs.

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Old 06-05-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Lilacs need a good spell of cold weather and I'm guess anywhere on the eastern section of the USA just did not get that cold dormant period. She should be OK next year if we have any winter to speak of.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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The last year or so has been a roller coaster ride for many plants in the eastern third of the country as we had record warmth and weird out of season temps and rain patterns. Lots of plants got fooled into blooming too early, longer than normal or completely out of season. Some began thickening buds and then got hit with late freezes and frosts. Any of this can have an effect on your lilacs as well. Usually if they need "feeding" in spring it should be a little while after they bloom when they begin setting new buds for next year's bloom. If the lilac has been gradually getting more shaded every year (after 8 years other things may have grown in and over it a bit) it might also not put out as many blooms.

So make sure it gets a good general fertilizer as the blooms fade out and give it another year to see what happens. It may also need a little pruning to rejuvenate it a little if you haven't ever pruned it.

Edit... with interruptions I took forever to get this posted and NoKudzu stepped in... she is right, I think even in Maine we didn't get the cold we normally do on this side of the continent.
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