Lilac fan in Bay Area California

rosefollyNovember 19, 2013

I don't get a lot of winter chill so the 3 lilacs I have so far were all bred for my low chill conditions, Ralph Moore's 'Blue Skies', the Descanso hybrid 'Angel White' and 'Sensation'. I'm not sure that last one was actually bred for low chill, but it blooms well for me here. Only mildly fragrant, but a good fragrance. Another recommended for our area is 'Miss Kim', but it lacks the true lilac scent I crave.

On a trip back east I fell in love with 'Yankee Doodle'. I'd love to plant it here. Does anyone have any idea if it would bloom for me? Someone once suggested that withholding water in the summer (once established, of course) would trigger the dormancy needed for bloom. Easy as pie to do that, since we don't actually get any rain at all in the summer.


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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

That's not the same as winter chill.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 1:57PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the root issue here.. is zone pushing ...

and when you are doing such .... its all about micro climates ...

and the fact.. that you arent ever going to find anyone else with your exact circumstances ...

so when you get to that point.. you simply buy one.. and try it.. in your little micro climate ...

in this day and age.. with mail order ... you shouldnt need to invest more than 2o to 30 bucks for a babe .. and hopefully less ... and you go for it ...

i would not suggest investing 2 or 300 bucks in a large specimen ... besides.. babes acclimate easier ....

good luck


    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 8:44AM
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Ken, I would agree with that. Besides, it is easier to fit them into gopher baskets!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 10:21PM
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