Here are all the details on How to Grow Miss Kim Lilac! Include it in your garden for pretty blooms all year round!
Check out all the details on How to Grow Miss Kim Lilac and add beautiful blooms to your garden and pots!
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Miss Kim Lilac Information
Also popular as Manchurian lilac, the ‘Miss Kim Lilac’, is a deciduous flowering shrub that offers clusters of lavender-purple, panicle-like flowers during spring. This late-bloomer reaches a short height at maturity and is resistant to powdery mildew.
‘Miss Kim’ variety is treated as a dwarf plant when compared to other lilacs. It is a full-sized shrub that is dense and less leggy than common lilac varieties. This lilac takes three years or more to attain a mature height of six to eight feet tall.
Botanical Name: Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’
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Types of Miss Kim Lilac
- Syringa pubescens subsp. julianae ‘Hers’: It looks like a weeping tree with mauve blooms.
- Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla ‘Superba’: Popular as little leaf lilac, this variety displays deep rosy-pink blooms.
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Propagating Miss Kim Lilac
You can easily propagate Miss Kim Lilac with young softwood cuttings during late spring or early summer.
- Cut 4-6 inches-long cuttings from new stems.
- Remove the bottom foliage and plant the cuttings into a mix of potting soil, perlite, and sand. The roots will grow from the buried nodes where the foliage was removed.
- Water well, place the container in a warm area, and keep the potting mix moist until roots form.
- The cutting will form new growth in 3-4 weeks.
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Growing Miss Kim Lilac from Seed
For propagation, collect seed pods from dried flower heads on a mature plant. Sow the seeds in a small container filled with a standard potting mix.
Keep the soil moist and place the pots in a bright and warm location. Transplant the plants into large pots once they are big enough to move outdoors. Also, keep in mind that plants grown from seeds will not flower for at least four years.
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Best Container Size for Growing Miss Kim Lilac
This slow-growing, small lilac variety can be planted in a 10-12 inches pot. Keep re-potting the plant into a one-size bigger container according to the growth and spread.
Requirements for Growing Miss Kim Lilac
Miss Kim Lilac will flower the best when it gets plenty of sunlight. Pick a spot that is sunny for the most part of the day. A minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight is what this plant needs. The more it gets, the better.
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Use well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline soil pH. Add plenty of organic matter like manure and compost, along with a handful of sand.
This shrub prefers average moisture and evenly moist soil. Water the young plants frequently – once rooted well, the plant can withstand occasional droughts. Avoid both under and overwatering.
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Miss Kim Lilac Care
Miss Kim Lilac appreciates an occasional feed of a balanced fertilizer. You can use a liquid blend, diluted to 1/2 of its strength, every 3-4 weeks. It will promote flowers and growth.
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Deadhead faded flowers to increase the blooming in the next year. Miss Kim Lilac flowers on old wood, so prune after the flowering period.
Pests and Diseases
It has great resistance to most pests and diseases like powdery mildew. The plant is susceptible to fungal leaf spots – treat with a fungicide and prevent this issue by pruning, which helps with good air circulation.
Avoid overwatering and ensure it gets plenty of sunlight to keep potential issues at bay.