Lilacs Don't Bloom

I planted two lilacs at least two years ago. They are in full sun with forsythia, buddelia, etc. While everything else is thriving, growing, and blooming the poor lilacs grow (they are about 3 ft. tall), but haven't even produced one bud.

I don't want to dig them up (even if they never flower), but I really want lilacs. I just love the scent. Should I just wait or feed them something special or give up on them?


I know someone will have the answer - so. "Thanks" in advance.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Ann from Pawtucket, RI

May 1, 20110 found this helpful

If they are all from the same plant (or same parents)they most likely are not self pollinators. If this is the case, add another lilac from another source and within a couple years they should all bloom.

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful

Ann, it's quite possible that your lilacs simply aren't old enough/large enough to bloom yet. Here's a ThriftyFun article with some other possibilities:

Mom-from missouri, a plant's pollination needs do not affect whether if blooms, only whether it is able to set fruits and make seeds. Plant bloom regardless of what is nearby.

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