Should I Plant a Magnolia?

The Magnolia tree can be a very attractive addition to nearly any landscape. In most instances, Magnolia trees serve as majestic live ornaments in our green areas and contribute to the overall beautification of our personal environment. They become large trees that are easy to grow and cultivate. How do you grow a deciduous flowering tree? Well, it’s as easy as one-two-three.

First, dig a hole twice the size of the entire root system. Place the new tree into the hole being careful not to place it deeper than the trees existing soil. Back-fill and compact the loose dirt around the tree until it is firmly in position. Secondly, purge any air pockets that may have formed around the roots by plunging and retracting the tip of a watering hose, with the water running, deep into the surrounding soil. Water heavily the first few weeks until the roots have had an opportunity to expand beyond their original confines. Thirdly, bracing may be needed if planting a large tree in wind prone areas.
In the south, the best choices include cultivars such as “Little Gem”, “DD Blanchard” and “Bracken’s Brown Beauty”. Varieties such as these are easily found in most southern wholesale tree farms because they perform well in warm, humid climates, providing both uniform ornamental foliage and large flowering characteristics. Most professional landscapers prefer container trees for transplanting due to less overall shock because the roots are not cut as in field grown trees.
Spring and fall are the best times to plant this deciduous tree among southern regions. These trees prefer an acidic, well drained soil. A three-inch organic mulch should be embedded toward the center, tapering out from the trunk in summer and taking it away completely by fall. While growing a Magnolia tree, don’t forget to fertilize it with water soluble fertilizer especially during the spring and fall season.
The magnolia should be situated in as much sun as possible and is best placed under direct sunlight for optimal flowering. Keep the tree roots moist at all times to avoid dehydration but also avoid constant saturation. One good thing about growing this tree is that even if it is over-watered, it will not be damaged, just don’t let is sit in standing water for prolonged periods of time.
Pruning your Magnolia stimulates new growth and flowering also. Cut excessive stems and leaves out of the way to allow the tree to breath. This allows fresh air and sunlight to penetrate deep into the canopy. Rake fallen leaves away from the trunk to avoid most insect and fungus problems.

Following these simple steps will not only allow you to grow enjoy your own beautiful tree but will also turn many heads when a small breeze blows the gentle, sweet fragrance of your Magnolia their way.

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