Lilac Bushes

Dying Lilac

Anonymous added on July 13, 2011 | Answered

I have a Lilac (starter) that was given to me last summer. I transplanted it in the ground, which consists of clay soil. I put plant soil in the hole, but first at the bottom of the hole had put about 2 inches of rock for drainage. It was doing great, bloomed and then after the flowers dropped off, the leaves died. The stems still feel pliable. What could be wrong?

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Answered on July 14, 2011

It sounds like it may be lacking nutrients and/or having a watering issue, possibly due to the poor soil conditions. Clay soil is heavy and not suitable for most plants, especially lilacs. This article should help with amending the soil:

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