Lilac Bushes Look Wilted

I bought 2 lilac shrubs when all the flowers went on clearance at Walmart. They looked fine when I bought them and brought them home. I left them in their pots for about 2-3 weeks before I got to plant them. I got them planted into the ground but by that time they looked sort of wilted. I watered and watered and it didn't work so I added some miracle growth stuff and watered.


That didn't work so I thought maybe too much water so I cut back to 1 time a week and that didn't work. Its been 2 1/2 months and they still look wilted, barely alive. What should I do, I was hoping to get them established before winter hits.

Natalie from Richfield, UT


September 10, 20080 found this helpful

This is the time of year when the leave die then fall off all lilac bushes. I have 10 that are over 8 feet high & are in the process of dying-back right now. Are you sure it's not just natures cycle? Unfortunately lilacs are not evergreen & die each fall to return in the springtime.

If this isn't it, then maybe you should call a plant nursery (or take in a picture) & ask them about your problem.

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