Magnolia Trees
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Will magnolia buds bloom if I cut them and place in water?

Zone Not sure | Dianeneely added on June 7, 2015 | Answered

Will magnolia buds bloom if I cut them and place them in water? If so, how do I force them open. I live in East Tennessee. Trees are blooming now but I need some fresh flowers for an arrangement. I cut a few buds and placed the in water but nothing is happening. Thank-you, Diane

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 8, 2015

Yes, you can clip your Magnolia branches and bring indoors to force open.
They will have needed to have had the normal winter cooling down period of at least 6 weeks.
Cut the branches and place in clean water at room temperature.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/forcing-flowering-branches.htm

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