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Care for new magnolia

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Melissa22-Jun-02 05:54 PM EST 6   
Sheri24-Jun-02 01:35 PM EST 5a   
DAVE24-Jun-02 06:55 PM EST   
B.C.25-Jun-02 10:01 AM EST 6a   

Subject: Care for new magnolia
From: Melissa
Zone: 6
Date: 22-Jun-02 05:54 PM EST

I've just recently received the magnolia that I ordered from The variety name of this particular magnolia is 'Anne' and I had purchased it because they say it will bloom slightly later then the others which will make it less susceptible to the weather. Does anyone have experience planting magnolias? I've never had one and want to ensure that I give this the best chance. It's VERY tiny (probably only a foot tall as it arrived in a deep 4" pot and I suspect it will take many years to grow to a nice size) so I had considered putting it in a location where it can grow a little larger before I move it to a better place. I think that may not be the best choice though so I'm curious about your thoughts.

Thanks! Melissa

Subject: RE: Care for new magnolia
From: Sheri
Zone: 5a
Date: 24-Jun-02 01:35 PM EST

I have a five star magnolia that is now is three years old and about 4' tall. I tried to plant it in a protected area so the buds would not be damaged in the winter. As they get their buds in the fall to bloom in spring. Also the last two winters to be safe have covered in burlap loosely for the winter. I would plant it where it is going to stay as the shrubs seems to take awhile when they are moved to get back in top form and start growing again.

Subject: RE: Care for new magnolia
From: DAVE
Date: 24-Jun-02 06:55 PM EST

I found through trial and error that magnolias prefer lots of compost and in our sandy soil, I water frequently during dry spells. I almost lost it three years ago and now it has recovered and has tons of blooms in the spring.

Subject: RE: Care for new magnolia
From: B.C.
Zone: 6a
Date: 25-Jun-02 10:01 AM EST

Magnolias have coarse fleshy roots that are brittle. They have been compared to water chestnuts in texture. They resent being transplanted and don't like traffic over their root systems. Try to dig a good size planting hole about 3 ft wide and 12-18 inches deep. Incorporate organics like rotted manure or peat moss. Water well first year and during dry spells subsequent summers.

Good luck

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