Growing Magnolia Trees… for Complete Newbies!


Magnolia trees are beautiful and bring a lot of colour and joy to everyone’s garden. They are a perfect way to accentuate on a specific place in the garden as well as a great choice for a landscape design in either urban or classic yards. Nonetheless, it is important to know that, although coming in variety of types including an evergreen, these trees are best suited for classic and traditional designs and gardens.

Where to plant a Magnolia Trees

The best places to plant a magnolia trees not an easy thing to find out. In fact, as most of the species are very picky on both soil and sunlight, it’s a very hard task. When young, these trees have gentle roots and can be easily polluted by traffic and when they grow strong, they can without any struggle lift up pavements and paths. Growing a magnolia is hard also because it is very important think in advance for the future. These specimens can grow up to 13 metres in width. Their foliage is also problematic since the leaves fall constantly and throughout the entire year, covering everything around the trunk and rotting on it if not cleared on time.

Magnolia tree

Growing a magnolia is hard also because it is very important think in advance for the future

To sum everything up – the best place for a young magnolia tree is far from traffic and from buildings and preferably away from hard floors since they can be easily ruined with time. The soil needs to be moderate from the humidity to the drainage abilities to the acidity. High-quality compost is needed before planting and before watering the tree. Last but not least, put a stake in the hole before planting the tree to prevent it from being blown and bent and to prevent root damage, which is highly possible if you put the stake after planting.

Dangers to the Magnolia Trees

As formerly stated, these trees are very picky when it comes to the soil they have. If the leaves turn yellow on the edges, your tree is probably suffering from chlorosis. This is caused by an overly alkaline soil and can be fixed by putting a slow-release treatment product that’s on the basis of chelated iron.  Do use with caution, though, because overfertilizing the tree might also cause an illness that causes the leaves to turn brown.  If you see such a problem, put some of the so-called compost tea during the growing season, several times if needed.

Magnolia trees

Another great way to care for the newly planted tree is by mulching the area. Covered soil will keep humidity far longer than the one that’s not mulched. On top of this, mulching regulates the weed and grass production of the soil and keeps the ground cooler.

Pruning a Magnolia Trees and Uses of the Excess Parts

Pruning a magnolia tree is something that needs to be done with care. These plants heal slowly and cutting off needs to be done only if it’s certain that the branch is not needed. This is because, if you want to really get rid of the sucker, you need to cut it off together with the tree base. For evergreen varieties, it’s a must to prune before the spring growth. Deciduous species should be pruned right after the blooming season.

Pruning magnolia trees

Pruning a magnolia tree is something that needs to be done with care

Whatever tree you own, though, you need not throw away the precious magnolia flowers, branches or any other part that you’ve pruned from the tree whatsoever. These are very priced by the florists and, if you don’t have to whom to hand them, you can use them yourself or beautify your own terrace, garden pots or as a dried accent for the house interior.