NOTE: The terms ‘Miss Kim’ lilac and Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ are identical in this text; in reality, Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ is ‘Miss Kim’ lilac’s biological word.
The ‘Miss Kim’ lilac is a shrub that blooms in the spring with clusters of lavender- purple panicle-shaped blooms. It has smaller blooms, a shorter mature height, and a different flower fragrance from the traditional common or French lilac, and it is resistant to powdery mildew. The flower buds of ‘Miss Kim’ are less likely to be damaged by frost because they are a late bloomer.
When compared to other lilacs, the ‘Miss Kim’ cultivar is sometimes considered a dwarf, but compact would be a better description. This is still a full-sized shrub, but one that is denser and less leggy than common lilacs. A newly planted ‘Miss Kim’ will produce blooms sooner than a common lilac.
Why does my Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ roots have rot?
Root rot on your ‘Miss Kim’ lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’) can be fatal if not treated with care. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you follow our guide to keep your plant alive if the symptoms occur: Root soft and blackened.
Why does my ‘Miss Kim’ lilac have gray mold spots?
Gray mold spots are a specific fungus that regularly harms flowers and spreads swiftly. If you notice any brown (or gray) spots, this fungus is probably to cause. You risk your plant dying if you ignore these warning indications.
The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.
Why does my ‘Miss Kim’ lilac have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for ‘Miss Kim’ lilac owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my ‘Miss Kim’ lilac leaves turning yellow?
In the world of horticulture, yellowing leaves are undoubtedly the most common problem. The two main causes of this problem are overwatering and a lack of nutrition.
When it’s overwatering, simply reduce your watering frequency, and if you think it’s a nutrient deficiency, here’s how to check it:
Here are some signs of yellowing caused by the many deficiencies on the Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ in question:
- Yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves are the first sign of magnesium shortage. Veins continue to be green while the leaf’s core turns yellow. The leaf’s edges yellow last.
- Another indicator of iron deficiency is yellowing between leaf veins, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are first affected.
- Sulfur deficiency starts with the newest leaves, turning them yellow throughout.
- Potassium deficiency shows itself when leaf edges turn bright yellow, but the inner leaf stays green. Older leaves show symptoms first, and leaf edges soon turn brown.
- A broad yellowing indicates a nitrogen deficiency. Yellowing starts with older, inner leaves. Yellowing spreads as it advances, eventually touching new leaves as well.
You only need to act in accordance with the symptoms listed above. You can address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency by buying a particular soil, and a gardening store consultant will be able to advise you on how to do that. Furthermore, you can also limit how frequently you water your plants.
Is my ‘Miss Kim’ lilac sunburned?
You can easily tell if your ‘Miss Kim’ lilac (your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’) has a sunburn. In this case, your plant will change color, starting to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
As we saw above, the leaves of your ‘Miss Kim’ lilac can also change color if it receives too much water or insufficient light.
To find out if the yellow leaves have been sunburned, look at the part of the bottom that is tinted closer to the base. The yellow leaf is probably burnt and not something else if this portion stays greener.
Why are my ‘Miss Kim’ lilac leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a ‘Miss Kim’ lilac that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ in direct sunlight?
No! If your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ (or ‘Miss Kim’ lilac) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your ‘Miss Kim’ lilac is in such a state!
As stated in the paragraph above, the cure is straightforward: simply position your plant’s ‘Miss Kim’ lilac so that it is out of direct sunlight. With proper watering and this method, your plant should quickly come back to life.
Why are my Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ leaves drooping or wilting ?
In most cases, this happens when your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.
An easy way to know if your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ is lacking water is to under-weigh its pot, if it looks light, it means that the soil and the roots are probably quite dry, and therefore need water!
If the soil in the container is completely dry, you must first moisten it to guarantee that your plant’s roots absorb the benefits of the water. One common mistake is to drown the ‘Miss Kim’ lilac right away after a dry time because you think it needs a lot of water.
This is the case, but giving too much water at once is the best way to finish it off, you should actually water the soil normally, resuming a quiet watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’
Your plant needs water to survive, but it’s crucial to balance the amount and timing of watering. As we previously mentioned, overwatering could be catastrophic for your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’.
You can tell if your plant needs water by touching the soil; if it still feels damp, it’s usually preferable to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
It’s also a good idea to keep your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ at a constant temperature, especially if it’s kept indoors. In general, at GreenShack, we suggest booking a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, keep your Syringa pubescens subsp. patula’Miss Kim’ away from radiators, air conditioners, and other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your ‘Miss Kim’ lilac Dust-Free
This one relates to indoor plants. Just like your furniture, dust collects on the leaves of your indoor plants. The issue is that this can block the photosynthesis process from starting, which would cause the plants to gradually lose their color.
This would be a true journey into hell for your ‘Miss Kim’ lilac and would also satisfy the pests.
Take a microfiber cloth and gently massage the plant’s leaves to get rid of the dust. Use a damp cloth to make dust removal easier, but avoid using corrosive materials like rubbing alcohol!
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you need to keep an eye on your drainage, we advise you to opt for a pot with drainage holes if it is not already the case and a saucer.
You can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the interim if your pots don’t already have holes in them. This will help to form a channel so that the water doesn’t pool there for too long (preventing the rot of the roots!).