Planting and caring for lilac – this is how you get a fragrant bloom

Planting and caring for lilac - this is how you get a fragrant bloom

Planting lilac is not a difficult task. Care of the beautiful plant is also very straightforward. Read here how to best plant and what else you should consider.

Planting lilac: the right location matters

With its pretty, bluish to violet or white flowers, the lilac is an eye-catcher in every garden. But for a lavish bloom splendor it is correct location important.

  • Light: bright, full sun
  • Soil conditions: loose and permeable
  • Earth: best nutritious and calcareous, but also tolerates slightly acidic soils
  • Planting: autumn

Here’s how to plant lilac:

  1. Get young plants in a garden shop or in the nursery. If you are unsure which variety you prefer, you can get advice there.
  2. Find a suitable location for the plantlets and dig out planting holes with a spade. These should be twice the size of the root ball. Important: If you want to plant several plants, you should leave enough space between them. Lilac can sometimes become very bushy.
  3. Place the young plants in the excavated holes and fill them with soil. Tip: Mix the excavated earth with something compost, before you put them back in the holes. This way you ensure an optimal supply of the lilac with nutrients. Also make sure that the roots are completely underground and do not stick out above.
  4. Press the earth lightly with your hands or feet and pour the lilac.

If you already have lilac in the garden, you can also grow plants yourself:

Lilac is one of the most popular fragrant plants in our gardens. Multiplying lilac works very easily with a few tips.

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So you take care of your lilac

Lilac is also available in white. (Photo: CC0 / Pixabay / sipa)

Breathe easy for everyone with a less green thumb: lilac is very easy to care for and tolerant. It adapts well to the circumstances and is therefore also suitable for hobby gardeners with less experience.

  • To water: In the first few weeks after planting, you should ensure reliable watering. However, well-grown plants can get by with very little water – the lilac survives even very dry summers. In high heat, of course, you should still give a little water now and then.
  • Fertilize: The lilac belongs to the so-called heavy feeders, which means that it removes many nutrients from the soil. Accordingly, it is advisable to feed it back to the soil in the form of fertilizer. It is best to fertilize in the spring, either with compost or an organic slow release fertilizer. But you can also with Horn chips fertilize.
  • To cut: You don’t have to cut the lilac great. It is best to only remove the dead panicles and dead branches. The best time for this is around the end of May after the flowering period. More on the subject: Cut lilac: this is what you should pay attention to.

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