Caring for Your Magnolia Trees

One of the most majestic trees you will find in the Southern USA is the magnolia tree (Magnolia grandiflora). Its magnificent shape, abundant glossy leaves and very fragrant flower blooms make it a favorite of those that live in moderate to warmer climates. Caring for your magnolia trees is important if you want them to be healthy and beautiful!

You can’t just throw a magnolia tree into the ground and expect it to thrive. There are certain conditions these beautiful trees like and steps you must take to keep them healthy and looking good.

Here are some tips on how to do everything from planting to maintaining your new magnolia trees:

  • A magnolia tree that you buy from the nursery with an established root ball has the best chance of surviving and thriving for you.
  • Magnolia trees need a lot of room to grow so choose wisely when planting them. They are a tree that is in the evergreen family that can rise up to 80 feet tall and be as large as 30 to 50 feet in length too. Moving and then replanting an established magnolia tree is rarely successful.
  • Try to find some nutrient rich and slightly sandy soil to plant your magnolia in. They thrive best in soil that drains well. A magnolia tree also prefers soil that is neutral or slightly acidic in PH
  • When planting your new magnolia tree make sure you till in some organic material into the soil where you will place it.
  • Your new magnolia tree will prefer to be planted in an area with abundant to partial sunshine throughout the day.
  • Magnolia trees that are planted in cooler temperatures, such as the fall, tend to develop strong root systems faster.
  • Make sure no part of the magnolia’s tree trunk is lower than ground level when planting it.
  • Make sure your magnolia tree gets watered regularly when there have not been periods of steady rain. Do not flood the soil around it when watering it.
  • Magnolias very rarely need to be pruned. They are a delicate tree so pruning is best left to a professional if it needs to be done.
  • A magnolia is a hardy tree that is rarely if ever bothered by pests. They are susceptible to getting an iron deficiency though. If your magnolia’s leaves turn yellow but its veins stay green this is an iron deficiency indicator. Adding some ‘iron chelate’ that is available at most garden centers will help here.
  • Magnolias should never be placed in a high traffic area because they do not like the soil around them to be compacted and have their roots disturbed.
  • If your magnolia is not growing at a constant rate you van fertilize it. Ask your local garden center or tree service the type of fertilizer they recommend. Adding some peat moss to your magnolia’s soil base will not hurt either. Just make sure it’s worked in without disturbing the roots.

Some of the More Common Types of Magnolias

  • Sweet Bay Magnolia (M. Virginiana) – A species of magnolia that can tolerate colder climates. They are great if you want a smaller growing magnolia (grow only 30’ high).
  • Saucer Magnolia (M. X Soulangeana) – If your soil is full of nutrients and slightly acidic this magnolia will thrive in it. It’s also known as the ‘tulip magnolia’ because of its larger size and very fragrant flowers.
  • Kobus Magnolia (M. Kobus), Star Magnolia (M. Stellata) and Loebner Magnolia (M. X Loebneri) – these are popular magnolias because they produce beautiful star shaped flowers. They tolerate both high temperatures and the cold fairly well. 

Ask Us If You Need Help With Your Magnolia

Since we are one of Florida’s most knowledgeable tree companies we at Aardvark Tree Service would be happy to answer any questions or concerns about the magnolias you have in your yard. Call us at 386-233-5069 if you live in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet or any of the surrounding areas and need help with your magnolia trees.

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