Q. My lilac is in a container. Around July, for the first time, the leaves got brown and all dropped off. Then around August new leaves grew back

and it looks wonderful. Any explanation? I don't give it fertilizer. It's about 5 years old, taken from a huge bush/tree that was in my parents' yard in Ohio.


Plants such as lilacs when grown in a container will loose their leaves which will drop off if the container gets dry even for a few days. That it leafed out again later is a sign that drying up caused the leaf drop. If the plant is in a container for a long time it may be time to repot it into a larger container reducing the possibility that it will dry out easily in the future.

  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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