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growing site of magnolia stellata


By Liz

United Kingdom Gb

my mag stell not very successful this year whats the best site? planted two years ago in shaded position had plenty of 'pussy willows' but not many flowers

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Hi Liz cant think of an occassion when seen Magnolia growing in shade.Almost always in open aspect with as much sun as possible.Most appear to enjoy a spot on their own with no immediate competition not too fussy about soil types but need good drainage.

13 May, 2008


My Mag stell is in sun for most of the day, but I think they like to have shade at the roots - mine has a path built over the roots and seems to like it that way!

13 May, 2008


Magnolias really resent root disturbance. If you have to move it, early spring is your best chance of a successful transplanting

13 May, 2008


I would suggest moving it late Autumn ,If it has only been in situ. for 2 years you should be able to dig well away from the roots and get a good removal without too much disturbance, but be careful water well before starting and puddle in afterwards.

15 May, 2008


I have a stellata which flowers. I have it in west facing sunny position sheltered from wind and planted in pot in ericaceous (acid) soil. I have heard they dont like cold winds and dont like to be east facing as they dont like sun to hit them in frost. And they like acid soil. Good luck with your stellata.

15 May, 2008


just to say i looked up magnolias on bbc gardening and it says although most magnolias prefer slightly acidic soil stellata is ok in alkaline. However i have put mine in acid as thats what it said on pot and it seems to be happy.

16 May, 2008


Think this a bit of a myth Hedgehog as used to live on edge of Chiltern hills in south UK and high in chalk - alkaline conditions and Magnolias far more common than here in north - acidic conitions.There is a climbing magnolia that can reach 40 feet or more and seen this growing out of chalk soil.

22 May, 2008


My Magnolia Stellata is in clay and on a steep hill in the morning sun and gets better each year but it's now about 8 ft high and 16ft wide I am moving house and would love to take it with me have I got any chance?

21 May, 2011


mag stell needs good drainidge and when you plant it make sure the roots have pleanty off space to grow. If it is in a big pot to start you dont have to change the pot and desterb the ruits

13 Apr, 2012

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