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Planting South Magnolia trees

Daren Asked

I was wanting to know if we can plant Southern Magnolia Trees at this time, or should we just pot them and plant in the Spring? Thank You!

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Daren, Southern Magnolia (Magnolia Grandiflora) are broad-leaved evergreens that produce creamy white, fragrant flowers beginning in May and provide winter interest with their dark green foliage. The next opportunity to plant will be early spring as the air and soil temperatures rise. Like all broad-leaved evergreens, southern magnolias are susceptible to winter damage and should not be planted during the winter months. If they are currently growing in a container you will want to make sure that they are protected from harsh winter wind and extreme cold temperatures. When early spring arrives, choose a sun-loving, open space that will allow for the magnolia to mature. Dig the hole 1.5 times the size of the container and just as deep. Backfill with nutrient-rich soil and add a layer of mulch. Water 1-2 times per week during the spring and more during the hot summer months if we do not receive sufficient rainfall. Planting in the early spring will allow an entire growing season for the roots to become established and nutrients to be collected for the following winter. I hope this is helpful.

Angie Oakley

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