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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Magnolia Susan Reply with quote

Hi
My husband has given me a gift of a beautiful Magnolia Susan for our wedding anniversary. I have a few questions which I hope someone can help with:

1. The white label from the garden centre says it is a medium sized shrub & the official label says it is a compact bush ideal as a specimen in borders with height in 10 years of 1.5-1.8m. However when I google this type of magnolia the info says it is a tree? Is it possible I have a dwarf version? The reason I ask is because I have a small garden

2. Will I plant it in a pot or the garden? If in a pot how long can I leave it in a pot?

3. If I plant it in the garden then I have to plant it in the front as my back garden is north facing & very water logged with clay soil. However I am worried that it will not have enough space as I have read Magnolias need to be a certain distance from your house and walls/roads? I would have to put in the top right of my bed, replacing the large shrub there.

4. If I do plant it will the other shrubs still grow that are planted near it?

I suppose I am hoping this is a small version of magnolia as I really want to keep it Sad

Thanks for your advice



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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your going to plant it in a pot you need a bigger pot I suggest 15lts or more.
It needs acid soil but can adapt, To plant it in the garden buy a large bag of compost double it over then cut bag in half , puncture holes in bag and dig hole in garden and place bag in hole then plant into bag after time roots will grow through bag and it will be ok, I planted one about 8 yrs ago and it is now 10 to 12 ft high lovely plant
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Greengage for taking the time to reply. Great tip re the bag!
Have a great May bank holiday weekend 😊
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Hi Leira, that's sound advice from greengage, I can also add that I have a young one of these also, planted south facing in my front garden last spring. It's not doing well as I have found that magnolia's need a decent deal of shelter, this winter has left it in a poor state. I had thought I had also done everything right with the soil, I'm going to carefully dig it up and follow greengage's advice.

It is well worth it, the flowers are superb with that lovely fragrance !

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should have said do not plant it in a wind tunnel
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