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Planting Yellow Magnolia

Yellow magnolia plants belong to the magnolia genus, which features over 210 flowering plant species. Magnolia plants are popular all over the world for their bright colors and designs, with many varieties of magnolia hybrids being developed for those gardeners who prefer yellow.  They are a relatively easy plant to grow and maintain and can provide your garden with wonderful blooms of yellow.

Yellow magnolia can be planted from seeds or by grafting or cutting the herbaceous portion of the plant during dormancy and replanting. They can also be purchased as started plants from nurseries, home improvement stores or from online dealers. They prefer to be planted in rich, moist soil in light shade or full sunlight conditions. The planting hole in which they are placed should be at least 2 times the width of the root ball and planted to the top level of the root ball. Avoid planting the root ball too deeply in the ground as magnolias are surface feeders. When planting, slowly add dirt and water around the root ball to remove any air pockets in the soil.

Regularly water your magnolia but avoid overwatering as this can lead to rot. Stake your young magnolia plants for the first year to help with their growth. While they are relatively hardy plants, they do not transplant well, so keep that fact in mind when choosing a location for planting. Some varieties can also grow quite large and may begin to shade out other species of plants as they grow. Use mulch around your magnolia to hold in moisture and add some extra mulch in the winter to help protect the roots. Fertilize the soil about once a year to achieve proper growth. There is no need to prune your magnolias unless you wish to make the plant smaller or more manageable. Light pruning will not harm the plant but will create fewer blooms.

Gardeners have enjoyed magnolia plant blooms for centuries and have specifically cultivated many species designed to display yellow blooms. Yellow is a wonderful color for the garden, it is bright, cheery and seems to represent spring at its best.  By adding a species of yellow magnolia to your garden you can take advantage of their bright spring yellow blooms to help lighten up any space. Some of the best known yellow varieties of magnolias are Butterfly Magnolias, Yellow Birds, Yellow Fever, Yellow Garland, Yellow Lantern and the Elizabeth hybrid Magnolia.

A hybrid of the Cucumber Magnolia and the Yulan Magnolia, the Butterfly Magnolia shows off a deep yellow color in its blooms. One of the most popular of the yellow magnolia varieties is the Yellow Bird. The Yellow Bird magnolia is a hybrid with compact, upright flowers showcasing an intense yellow color. These deciduous trees can reach heights of 40 feet and blooms from February to April. Dark green foliage adds depths to any garden during the remaining months of the year. Yellow Fever magnolias feature light pink colors on the outside petals and extremely bright yellow flowers that are very fragrant in the spring. The Yellow Lantern magnolia is an attractive upright tree, with large tulip-shaped bright yellow flowers. The Elizabeth hybrid of the magnolia has bright yellow flowers that are spectacular in full bloom. 

There are some problems to watch for with magnolia plants, although they are naturally resistant to most diseases. Large insects called magnolia scales feed on the plant’s liquids and can cause a large amount of damage to magnolias. The best treatment for magnolia scale is horticultural oils. Another problem that is extremely difficult to treat is called verticillium wilt. This is a fungus that attacks the roots of magnolias and causes death in parts of the plant. There is no real way to treat the problem other than to remove the infected portions of the plant. Magnolias can also be susceptible to aphids and spider mites, although these insects rarely cause major problems.



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