Planting And Taking Care Of Magnolias

Magnolias are very popular because of their beautiful appearance and fragrant blooms. They're also easy to care for. Here’s what you should know.

Planting a Magnolia Tree

When planting, you want to make sure that you have plenty of space, both vertical and horizontal. The magnolia tree will grow to about ninety feet in height, and almost the same in root circumference. Dig a hole that's two times the size of the root ball. You will need to heavily fertilize and mulch the soil surrounding the new plant. You should plant the magnolia in a well draining area to avoid root rot. If the area doesn't drain well, try planting on a slight slope to let the landscaping help drain the area.

Magnolia Care

The magnolia has a large, leathery leaf that should be bagged up for the trash as they fall. They do not make a good compost due to their fibrous texture. If left under the tree, they take a while to turn to natural compost. They can form a layer over the roots that can cause disease and insect populations to grow and thrive. The tree is an evergreen, so the leaves will fall sporadically year round.  

If your magnolia tree is planted too close to a structure you may need to prune the roots to prevent them from tangling and strangling themselves. You should cut off the roots that appear to be encircling other roots. If they are left alone, the tree can eventually die due to lack of nutrients.  

Don’t stress if it is your first or hundredth tree to plant. Magnolia trees are easy to care for if given proper nutrients and space.