Lilacs Are Blooming!


Submitted 10 months ago
Created by
Henry Homeyer

Spring is still a long way off, but I have fresh lilac blossoms in my house! No, not shipped in from Georgia or Florida. These are blossoms from my own lilacs. Back on December 17th I wrote a blog post on pruning shrubs, including lilacs. On a whim, I decided to put some of the pruned stems in a vase to see if I could get them to blossom. I placed the vase in a sunny window and it worked! A month after cutting them, they have blossomed.

Even green leaves are nice now, in January!

Generally it is best to cut stems of forsythia, magnolias or other early-blooming shrubs or trees a month or so before they would bloom outdoors. The buds have everything needed for blossoms – except warmth and sunshine. What you may not know is that those same buds can bloom much earlier.

This lilac sprig is nicely scented - reminding me spring is coming.

The white lilac bush that I pruned in December would normally produce full-sized flower panicles in May. What I have today are mini-blossoms. And nice green leaves. The white blossoms are not as dramatic as the deep purple flowers I love so much. But hey! It’s January and any flowers are welcome. 

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