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.
What color are the flowers? This will help us identify it.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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.
My magnolia tree was in bloom with buds and we got a severe frost which turned everything brown. Can I save the tree?
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.