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    Cultural Information
    Lilacs are a very rewarding plant for the garden.
    They're easy to grow and are virtually disease and
    insect free.

    Plant in a sunny to light shade location. The foliage is
    subject to burning during the hot summers, so plant in
    an eastern exposure.

    1. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
    2. Using E.B. Stone Planting Compost combine one part soil and one part planting
    3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and
    incorporate into the soil.
    4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above surrounding soil.
    5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets.
    6. Water in with Bonide Plant Starter.

    Lilacs prefer a slight alkaline soil.
    1. Feed monthly with E.B. Stone All Purpose Fertilizer.
    2. Add a Spring and Fall application of E.B. Stone Bone Meal.
    3. Feed an application of Ironite in mid-spring.

    Keep soil moist but not overly wet. Water regularly during the growing period and less
    frequently during the fall and winter months.

    Lilacs require very little pruning. Only prune to:
    1. Remove spent flower clusters.
    2. Thin out old and spent wood in the spring.
    3. Young plants should only be lightly pinched to shape the plant. Avoid heavy pruning
    as this will result in the loss of next year's blooms.

    Lilacs occasionally suffer from powdery mildew and an occasional attack of aphids. An
    early application of Bonide Rose Rx 3 in 1 will keep those nuisances
    under control.