Can I put a Magnolia Susan in a 130 litre tub in a sheltered place in the garden? We live in the windy northeast of England.
Yes. You will probably want to keep the tree smaller through pruning and root pruning, but as long as it gets enough water and nutrients, the tree should grow just fine in a container.
I want to know how to get rid of caterpillars in my flower garden naturally - something that won't hurt my rose bushes and plants and magnolia bush.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/prevent-caterpillars.htm
Transplanted a magnolia stellata 18 months ago. Beautiful show last May; this May, dead as a doornail. The area receives a lot of wind from the ocean, but not a lot of freeze/thaw. Do I dare plant a new one? It was a gift from our son. If not, any suggestions of a beautiful wind-resistant replacement? Thank you.
Likely, the wind is not so much the issue as the salt in the air and soil from being close to the ocean. These varieties are recommended for their salt tolerance and will work well in your zone: Magnolia virginiana and Magnolia grandiflora
I planted several magnolia trees over a year ago. I learned that a bug is attacking them and was told to spray them with Neem oil. I have done that three weeks in a row and they seemed to be okay. That was last year. Now it looks like they might be getting dark again under their leaves and I wanted to spray them again; however, they are putting out new leaves and blossoms. Will the Neem oil harm the new leaves and blossoms? Also, I have just planted three younger Bald Cypress trees very close to one of the magnolias. If I do spray the tree with Neem oil, will the overspray harm the delecate leaves of the Bald Cypress? I know that I need to spray either very early or late in the day away from heavy sun harming the leaves.
The Neem oil will not hurt the new leaves or blossoms. It won't harm the other nearby trees either, as it is safe to use for plants, people, animals and even pollinators. It only targets the bad insect pests. Neem oil also doubles as an effective fungicide, so it can help with any fungal issues that may crop up as well. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm
We have recently planted a magnolia tree in late January. Lots of the leaves have turned brown and are falling off. There are new buds for flowers on the tree. Could this be stress from replanting or do I need to be doing something special for the tree? The tree is at least 10 ft. tall and was bought in a large container from a nursery. I live in north Florida and have watered the tree daily due to this being such a dry year without rainfall to speak of. Please help me as I do want to save this tree. It is very special being as it was planted in memory of my late husband. Thank you!
The tree is several years old but has very few blossoms.
To start, here's some basic information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/magnolia-tree-care.htm
There are many things that could be the cause of non-flowering magnolia; a big one is simply that the tree's not old enough. Some varieties don't flower for ten years or more. Sometimes there is too much nitrogen in the soil, or not enough sun falling on the tree. Also, the hard winter could have taken a toll on the buds.
That lovely Magnolia, the one with the flowers that can be as big as one's hand and lemon scented, lemon scented flowers that is. Is there an annual cutting back/pruning regime one should follow?
Magnolia is not a specie that requires much pruning, other than removing dead or damaged branches. While you can prune young trees ( that you can reach without a ladder) lightly, pruning older trees is not advisable. This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/pruning-magnolia-trees.htm