Have lilacs with no flowers? Follow our expert gardening advice to get your lilacs blooming again.
By Shelley Wigglesworth
Apr 22 2022
Question: Help! I have lilacs with no flowers. The lilac bushes that I planted four years ago did not bloom last year and only had three buds the year before. They have doubled in size in that time and have had plenty of leaves, so I know they’re healthy, but they don’t bloom. Any idea why? — Jim D.
Answer: There are a few possible reasons why your lilacs aren’t blooming.
By the process of elimination, you will most likely be able to solve the mystery of your non-blooming lilacs. The good news is that all of these reasons for non-blooming lilacs are easily corrected.
Update: By the process of elimination, Jim determined that his lilac bushes were not getting enough sunlight. Following Shelley’s advice, he moved them to a much sunnier location, and this year they have buds on almost every branch.
This post was first published in 2103 and has been updated.