How to Grow, Trim and Maintain a Beautiful Magnolia Tree

With its large, beautiful scented blossoms and diverse leaf shape, the magnolia tree is quickly becoming a common fixture in American home garden. And with some many different types of magnolia trees to choose from, along with the magnolia tree’s hardy nature, what’s not to like about them?

Before trimming a magnolia tree, make sure you use the best pole saw for your project such as a  high powered gas trimmer  to ensure clean and consistent cuts. Remove decayed, broken, diseased, or dead branches and cut at the origin point or a lateral branch. After that, start shaping the tree, fill in an open space, or keep the tree in check.

With the proper amount of care and attention, a magnolia tree can In this article, we will give you tips and advice on how to grow, trim and maintain magnolia trees.

How To Plant and Grow Magnolia Trees

Before you plant magnolia trees, you need to collect the seeds from the tree first. Search for magnolia cones that have already started to open up a little, or set out fresh cones to dry. Once the cones are open, shake the seeds gently out of the cone. Remove the red pulpy coating by scrubbing the seed; if this doesn’t work, soak the seeds overnight.

After the seed coat is removed, scarify the seed by using sandpaper, steel wool, or screen wire to lightly rub the surface. This opens up the seed and makes it easier to sprout. Let the seeds rest at 40° to 45° F for about 3 to 6 months. Make sure the seeds do not dry out; you can keep them in the refrigerator, cold frame, or outdoors.

Once the 3 or 6 months are up, plant the seeds in pots or in the ground using a light planting medium when the temperature is about 70° F in spring time. The seeds should germinate in about 5 weeks or longer, keep the soil evenly moist till then.

When the seedlings come in, transplant them to the ground or keep them in pots until they grow a bit bigger. If planting a bunch of trees, use a high rated fertilizer spreader to cover the area with nutrient rich fertilizer. Keep the seedlings out of direct sunlight and evenly moist for a year.

How To Trim And Maintain Magnolia Trees

Trimming, or pruning, a magnolia tree is essential to its overall health and appearance. The best time to trim a magnolia tree is right after the tree has started blooming. Note that certain types of magnolia trees do not need to be trimmed, or they should only be trimmed lightly. Do not prune a mature magnolia tree, large cuts will not heal and can damage the tree. The same care should be taken with young magnolia tree.

Do not leave any stubs and don’t tear the bark from the tree. When cutting back to the lateral branches, look for branches that have a 45 degree angle to the branch to be cut. If the branches grow upwards, make slanting cuts. Keep all of your pruning tools sterilized to prevent the spread of bacteria. You can do this by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes.

The Final Product

Maintaining trees can be very rewarding, and keeping them properly trimmed is essential. With Magnolias, you will have a great tree with long branches that offers nice shade and a rich history.

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