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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:11 pm    Post subject: magnolia Reply with quote

Hi

I have got a new magnolia and I am just about to plant this - does anyone have any advice re soil conditions? I have read that they like neutral/acid soil so is it enough to add some eridicious compost when planting? Also Is it ok to plant this within a few feet of an existing hedge?

Thanks a million.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I'm not sure about the soil conditions magnolias prefer, but I've seen different species growing well on slightly alcaline soil.
If you have slugs in your garden, you should protect the plant for a few years by using slug pellets around it (use as little as posible, as they may also harm other wildlife), putting beer traps or using some kind of barrier. It may sound a bit strange to protect a tree against slugs, but a few years ago I lost a newly planted 1 metre high magnolia stellata to slugs, which ate all of the young growth, even the bark!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They prefer a more acidic soil but should grow well on most Iirsh soils. They will tolerate a more neutral soil. The trick to get them flowering is to mulch with a good dose of well rotted manure each winter. Should work a treat.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please, which species (and variety if possible) is it? And did you do a pH test on your chosen site?
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