Before planting lilacs, decide which type of lilacs you'd like to grow – there are many different varieties, so head on over to your local nursery and see which lilacs thrive in your climate!

Tips for Growing Lilacs



  • Dig a hole that's just as deep as the rootball and twice the width, and mix in some compost into the hole.
  • Use your fingers to gently loosen the rootball and uncoil any roots.
  • Place the rootball into the hole, and be sure the top of the rootball is level with the surface of the surrounding soil.
  • Form a rim of soil around the hole to create a watering basin. Water well to establish good contact with the roots and the soil.


  • Plant lilacs in good quality, well draining soil.
  • Lilacs prefer neutral to alkaline soils.


  • Place your lilac plants in full sun – the more sun they get, the better!


  • Water your lilacs regularly, especially during growing season.
  • In dry spells, water the lilac tree twice a week.

Hopefully these lilac growing tips will help you have a beautiful lilac garden in no time!

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