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How to Care for a Miss Kim Lilac

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The Miss Kim lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula "Miss Kim") originated in Korea and is also known as Manchurian lilac, according to Fine Gardening. The shrub is notable for highly fragrant purple-lavender flowers that bloom from late summer into fall. In fall, too, its leaves turn from green to maroon. Miss Kim lilacs may grow to a height and width of 8 feet. The plant tends to draw hummingbirds and butterflies.

Plant in a sunny, airy spot. Miss Kim lilacs prefer full sun. They can also do well in partial shade but will bloom less profusely in lower light. Do not position the plant flush against a structure, tree or another plant. Ample air flow around the plant will help to ward off diseases.

Water well. Miss Kim lilacs require a medium amount of moisture. The soil should not be soaking wet, but should not be allowed to dry out either. Check the soil regularly for moisture level. If the soil around your lilacs is dry to the touch, add water.

Prune yearly. You can cut back a Miss Kim lilac late in the winter or early in the spring. Get rid of any weakened or damaged branches. If you are trying to restrict the bush's size, scale it back appropriately. In addition, lop off the heads of flowers as soon as they have wilted. This will help create stronger blooms during the following growing season.

Miss Kim Lilac Flowers Are Turning Brown In June

A "Miss Kim" lilac responds well to pruning to maintain its compact shape and focus growing energy on younger wood that produces abundant flowers. Deadheading, or removing faded blossoms, and pruning older branches that are not producing blossoms also improves flowering. Too much or too little water hinders flower production on a "Miss Kim" lilac, as does standing water. Make sure to plant the lilac where there is no chance of long-term puddles forming. After pruning away the brown blossoms and old wood in early June, be sure to provide 1 inch of water per week through June and July, which is when the blossoms for next year are being formed. The "Miss Kim" lilac does best in a well-draining, neutral pH soil and generally does not need to be fertilized regularly. Good compost combined with loam or humus makes a healthy soil mix in which to plant lilac bushes. If overly fertilized, this lilac does not bloom well or for long. " Miss Kim" lilacs enjoy the sun but can tolerate some shade.

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