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Issue with my Jane Magnolia

Zone 76659 | Swarrwes added on June 1, 2018 | Answered

I bought this Jane Magnolia a couple months ago and ever since the leaves have start partially turning brown and crispy and I don’t know why or how exactly to fix it. Any advice would be much appreciated

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 2, 2018

Check the stems; do they bend or snap off and break?
Magnolias are tolerant of a wide range of soils, including average soils and dry soils. The ideal soil is rich, acidic and porous, with a pH between 5.0 and 6.5. To make soil more hospitable before planting, mix in leaf mold. Be sure to plant your "Jane" magnolia in its final location, as magnolias have large, complicated root systems that have trouble recovering if dug up and transplanted. Mulch well to help retain moisture in the soil; the "Jane" magnolia needs average amounts of water.
Once the rootball is covered with quality dirt -- as the trees do not do well in constricting clay -- water the soil thoroughly. Do not be afraid to overwater at planting, as this will help the roots establish. But avoid keeping the tree in saturated soil. While magnolias do well in areas where moisture applications range in extremes from too dry to too wet, any plant's roots can drown if it's constantly kept in water. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between applications as the tree establishes.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-scratch-test.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/sudden-tree-death-causes.htm

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