How to grow lilacs in pots and planters?

Common Lilac is a delicious shrub that flowers bloom during the spring season. These are commonly known as Syringa vulgaris as its scientific name. lilacs are a part of the olive family.  Also, there are some other family members for these lilacs such as ash trees, privet shrubs, and forsythia shrubs. The most significant fact regarding the Lilacs is the sweet fragrance of their flowers. Usually, the flowers of them are blooming in the branching clusters and the panicles. Every flower here is only 1/3 inches across.


The leaves of them are in some variant colors. Those are ranging from grey-green colors and blue-green colors.  And even they reach up to the length of 2 – 5 inches. Like some of the other plant types, the lilac leaves won’t change the leaf’s color during the falling season. The color of bark 1 changes from grey to greyish-brown colored. The most suitable time to plant these is in the early summer. The planting of them has to be done before the ground freezes. The average growth rate of them is 1 -2 feet per one year.

After maturing, they reach up to the height of 8 – 15 feet and they are growing 6 – 12 feet wider. They require exposure to bright light. In some situations, they could be able to tolerate moderate light conditions. The required soil type is the loamy soil for planting these. And the soil should be well-drained to make these plantations successful. The required pH range for lilacs is Neutral. The available colors for these are purple and white. The hardiness zone is the 3 – 7. 

These are treated as specimen plants. The lilacs are grown in borders.  These can be considered as the foundation for plantings. If you want to plant a dwarf shrub, the Bloomerang Lilacs are a suitable type for that.  After establishing them in a place, you don’t require much more maintenance for them. The only thing they need is watering.  If the plant had to face some serious drought conditions, watering is a must. Even though all plants prefer fertilization annually. Pruning is also a must for the caring of lilac plants. Then we will consider the other facts required for establishing the best plantation.


 Prepare a place for these plants in full light conditions. At least the plants should be kept under full sunlight for six hours per day. On most occasions, the lilacs will tolerate partial shade conditions.  But don’t provide low light conditions each day. Because it can limit the blooming due to insufficient light conditions. The overall conclusion from here is that they don’t grow well in partial shade. They always require full and bright light conditions.


They essentially require loamy soil conditions.  And the soil should be with a sharp drainage system. Have to with the required pH level. Apart from loamy soil, you could use clay soil as well.


Usually, lilacs need some monstrous soil conditions.  But the soggy soil conditions can make the roots of the plants rot. Poor blooming also can affect this. Regular watering can maintain the soil moistened all over the day. So try as you possibly can to keep the soil around the plant always moistened. Because it will help for the perfect growth of the plants. After maturing, water requires essentially in drought periods. If it is rainy or spring season, watering is not compulsory.

Humidity and temperature

Always preferred for the cool or summer climates. Lilacs aren’t suitable for hot seasons and drought weather conditions. The lilac is not recommended for the regions such as the southern United States. And don’t make the plants faces the high humidity conditions, because the higher humidity levels can cause some fungal diseases.  In most cases, the lilacs can tolerate temperature levels below the freezing point. But they want some safety from the colder wind conditions. That can damage flower buds and break down streams.


Some plants prefer fertilizers. Although some other plants don’t prefer the usage of fertilizers. But you can use some fertilizers for these lilac varieties. Especially when it has some poorly conditioned soil, fertilizer is the best option to be used. You have to keep something in your mind. If there is a too high concentration of Nitrogen,  don’t select such a fertilizer. because the fertilizers with higher nitrogen concentrations can lead to poor blooming. Use balanced fertilizer always.

These are the facts that you have to be aware of regarding the growth and method of propagating the lilacs. The following are some lilac types you could select one of these based on your interest and the available conditions.

Wedgewood Blue

This is a compact lilac variety. They are reaching up to the height of 6 feet. As well as it spreads a lot. in these plants the flowers are blooming in thick clusters. It is thriving in the zone of 3 -8.

Yankee Doodle

This is a small lilac type. It has a deep purple color. Those are perfect matching for the zones from 2 – 8. Usually, these are growing up to the height of 6 feet to 10 feet tall. And those are spreading at the wide of 5 – 6 feet.

Bell de Nancy

This plant is producing pink-colored flowers. Also, these consist of multi-layered petals.  Usually, it reaches up to the height of 8 – 10 feet and 6 – 8 wider. Usually, the flowers are blooming during the summer and spring. The required zone for the best growth is 3 – 9.

Madame Lemoine

 It is blooming in bright white-colored flowers.  The flowering plant reaches up to the height of about 15 feet. And it is growing about 12 feet wide. And the zones required for these plants are 3 -8.


This is a standard type of Lilac. It reaches a height of about 10 – 15 feet and spreads up to 6 – 10 wider. These lilacs are delivering sweet fragrances to the environment. Those have to be grown in the hardiness zone from 3 -7.


Pruning is essential for all these lilacs. The main requirement for pruning is to provide better air circulation and promote flowering. And have to minimize powdery mildew issues and other common issues regarding these flowering lilacs. The time for the pruning is just after the flowering is over. Specially pruning is required for thinning the growth. If there are some old branches on the ground.  The old plants don’t produce new flowers anymore. It is useless to keep those older branches in there. And prune the damaged and weak branches. Make sure not to cut off more than half of the branches in the tree.

These lilacs are having a very fast speed of growing.  Many of the lilacs are clumping forms that spread via extending from the trunk. These all shoot using is easy for propagation. On one hand that is an inexpensive way to propagate lilacs. On the other hand, it makes the lilacs overcrowded. Early summer and the late spring is the best time to start propagation. This will provide enough time to propagate and to be established before the cold weather.

These all details are regarding the Lilacs propagation. You can grow them in a perfect place with the essential conditions for planting.  Now start your garden. you will get a positive result in the end.

Leave a Comment