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Sep
16
Magnolia Trees

Magnolias are well known for their showy flowers and forms. They prefer to be planted in full sun to partial shade. In extreme heat climates, you may want to plant in an area shaded from the afternoon sun. Magnolias do well in most soils and can adapt to clay, but it's likely if the area is poorly drained your magnolia won't do well. Once established, they can tolerate slight drought conditions. Magnolias in new landscapes will need to be watered 2-3 times per week for the first 3-6 months, obviously rainfall amounts will have to factor in. Rule of thumb is 2-3 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter. Improper irrigation is the reason most newly planted trees die. Scale is a common insect on Magnolias and can be treated with a proper insect control program. Leaf spot and Vercillium Wilt are diseases that can sometimes be an issue. Leaf spot rarely needs treatment, but Vercillium wilt has no cure and can kill the tree.

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