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should new magnolia be pruned?


 
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michelle M
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:32 pm    Post subject: should new magnolia be pruned? Reply with quote

I got a magnolia soulangiana in Lidl on thurs. Its about 60-70cm high. It says on the label best not to prune, but wondering if I could just give it a once off prune, before planting it. I read on this forum somewhere that its good to prune some shrubs back by 1/3 when planting. I'm not even fully sure if magnolia is classed as a tree or a shrub. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: should new magnolia be pruned? Reply with quote

michelle M wrote:
It says on the label best not to prune, but wondering if I could just give it a once off prune, before planting it. I read on this forum somewhere that its good to prune some shrubs back by 1/3 when planting.


Follow the label michelle M. Wink
The 1/3 idea you are thinking of probably relates to hedging stock where pruning at planting time results in a fullness of the hedge.
To be honest most shrubs I plant would not get a right pruning until their 3rd year.

michelle M wrote:
I'm not even fully sure if magnolia is classed as a tree or a shrub.


A shrub.
Here is a helpful piece i put up with a list of the most common shrubs.......... What exactly is a SHRUB

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again,for answering yet another daft question. In general I would follow the label, but some of the plants that I have got in Lidl seem to have instructions that contradict other information that I have read.

If we get the bit of dry weather that is supposed to be coming, I might actually get to sow a few things.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

michelle M wrote:
Thanks again,for answering yet another daft question.


I like to think there are no daft questions.
Just daft people who don't question and plough on regardless. Wink

Good luck with your Magnolia soulangiana.

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