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Tips For Magnolia Tree Care

There are a lot of good reasons why magnolia tree care is a good idea, but none that is more significant than just the beauty of these trees.

The magnolia tree is a big bushy evergreen tree that flowers with vibrant white flowers. If you are from the South, you probably have fond memories of summer afternoons spent with the citrus scent in your nose, as you lay barefoot under the large protective boughs of such trees.

There are a few more comforting trees in the American imagination; but if you are trying to reproduce such a charming memory in environments less hospitable to the magnolia, you may have to put in a little extra effort to give your tree a robust and long life.


Choosing a Good Spot for Your Magnolia Tree

Good magnolia tree care begins with choosing a good spot to plant your tree. 

If you are starting from the beginning, find a spot where your tree will not be flooded.

Magnolia trees work best in soils that are acidic.

Be sure to pick a spot big enough to give your magnolia enough room to thrive.  Keep in mind that a magnolia tree can grow up to 100 feet in height. 

Magnolias drop leaves in the summer time.  These leaves can be left to help mulch the tree if you choose a spot where you don’t mind the sight of a lot of tree debris.

The ideal time to plant a magnolia tree bulb is at the end of summer, the magnolia's natural regenerative period. 

When planting your magnolia bulb, dig a hole 2-3 times the size of the bulb, then place the bulb in with mulch.  The mulch should layer about half a foot above the bulb.

Landscaping Tip: If you’re looking for a good tree to provide cover and privacy for your front yard or entire property, plant these hearty trees around the border of your property at short intervals.  These stout sentinels will provide your home with just the right amount of high bush cover that you want.  As an added bonus, a few of these trees will perfume your yard with even the mildest of spring breezes.  

Infant Magnolia Tree Care

Unless a good deal of rainfall is soaking your magnolia bulb every day, you should water the tree yourself. 

At the end of a month you should add fertilizer to help your tree grow.

Your magnolia tree will continue to shed its leaves throughout its first three years of life and will not reach full maturity until its 10th year.

To help your magnolia grow and achieve its cone shaped dome, you should prune the side branches and leave the bottom ones alone. 

Once your magnolia tree starts to flower, put off trimming until after the beautiful white flowers have started to fade.

In addition to trimming for shape and shade, you should also cut the weak or unhealthy branches as well as branches that tangle with and impede the path of other heartier branches. 

Help strengthen your magnolia tree by felling any saplings that parasitically encamp themselves on the roots of your magnolia. 

Avoid cutting the healthiest of branches even for shaping, as magnolias tend to harbor sensitivities to this sort of amputation.

Mature Magnolias

Full-grown magnolias tend to thrive in almost any environment.  They have no known enemies and require no real maintenance once mature.  They do not suffer from most diseases or require water even during dry years.



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