Top Questions About Magnolia Trees

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Questions About Magnolia Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
August 5, 2011

Q. Reblooming Magnolia Tree

My son has a very large, old magnolia tree that blooms 3 times a year in different colors each time. We are in Zone 6. Do you have any information on the tree? I am curious to the name and species and any information I can get about it.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 6, 2011
Certified Expert
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What color are the flowers? This will help us identify it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 5, 2011

Q. How to Start Magnolia Tree

In my backyard 6 years ago I planted a young 5′ tall magnolia tree. Tree has never bloomed. What am I doing wrong? And also, how do I start a magnolia tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 6, 2011
Certified Expert
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Since your tree is still considered fairly young and may have been started by seed, it could actually take up to 10 years or more for it to begin blooming. In addition, nitrogen-rich soils encourage trees to produce more vegetative growth and fewer flowers. Therefore, additional phosphorus and micro-nutrients may help stimulate root growth and flowering. To feed the roots, make holes around the drip line of the tree, 6 inches apart and 8 to 12 inches deep, and add super phosphate (0-20-0) and your recommended micro-nutrients according to the directions on the bags.

To propagate a magnolia, here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 6, 2011

Q. Magnolia Tree – Damage to Trunk

My magnolia tree (Yellow Bird) had a bamboo pole tied to it to help it stay straight and not bend in the wind while still young. The twine that held the pole cut into the trunk and the tree has started to grow around it. I was able to get the pole and twine out of the trunk, but now there is a circular cut around the trunk. Is there something I can do to help it heal and protect it from any further damage? The trunk at this point is about 2. 5 to 3 inches around and it is about 5 feet up the trunk. The tree is about 10 feet tall. I hope you can help.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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The best thing you can do for it is to wrap it in paper (they sell it at nurseries for trees) and leave it to heal. Do not seal the wounds with anything as this can trap disease in the wound. The paper will keep disease from getting in and will allow the wound to breathe so it can heal.

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Asked by
PEACH on
October 17, 2011

Q. Magnolias

I have a little magnolia tree that I bought last year. It has grown a little in that year, but with difficulty. It tried to flower, but the flowers didn’t come out properly. Now I notice that the leaves are starting to go black on the tips and shrivelling. Can you tell me what is wrong with it and what I can do for it? Maybe there are nutrients it needs and I haven’t given to it. I do look after my trees, and I don’t want to lose it.

Answered by
Heather on
October 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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Black or brown tips usually indicate a watering issue. This means that either the plant is not getting the water it needs from its environment or something is restricting the water it can take up through its roots. Try increasing watering in the spring (as the tree will be going dormant now and will not need or want extra water). Also, check the roots to make sure that there is no disease or pests attacking them. A treatment with phosphorous (bone meal) may also help the tree develop its roots better and improve how much water it can take up.

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Asked by
melissaj on
April 16, 2012

Q. Planting Magnolias

I have been given a 10 year old pot grown magnolia. What is the best way to plant it in the garden? Do the roots need teasing out, and if so, what is the best way to do this? I am a bit concerned in case it is pot bound. I haven’t looked yet as it is so heavy. When would be the best time to plant it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Mel

Answered by
Nikki on
April 16, 2012
Certified Expert
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Magnolia planting is best done in spring or fall in a moist, rich, slightly acidic soil that is amended with compost or leaf mold. Since it has been in a pot for some time, you may need to root prune it prior to planting. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/prune-roots.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 20, 2012

Q. Magnolia Tree Leaves Turning Brown

I just moved here a year ago. I believe the Magnolia trees are Dwarf Saucers. Just this spring the leaves began turning brown and look to be dying. What should I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2012
Certified Expert
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If newly planted, it is probably a bit of transplant shock. I would give it some fertilizer, continue watering every day and this article will help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

On established trees, it could be a fungus. I would treat the tree with a fungicide every 2-3 weeks for a few months. I personally like neem oil as a fungicide, as it is systemic and you do not need to be able to reach all parts of the tree in order for it to be effective.

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Asked by
gretchen on
April 27, 2012

Q. My magnolia froze after budding what do I do now?

My magnolia tree was in bloom with buds and we got a severe frost which turned everything brown. Can I save the tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 28, 2012
Certified Expert
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Unfortunatly, there is not much to be done for that other than cutting off the cold damaged buds/blooms and foliage. This should not kill the tree but the flowering for this season is likely not going to happen.

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