Propagating Magnolia Trees

Q: What is the best month to plant the smaller varieties of magnolia trees?

A: Here’s my advice, going from “Best” to “Okay” to “Don’t Waste Your Time”: October, February, July. Planting trees later than February is problematic because the tree root system has little time to grow large enough to supply water to the leaves in summer heat. This will stunt your tree’s growth. If you choose to plant now or later this spring it is imperative that you loosen a wide area of soil around the planting spot, apply mulch, and water regularly in summer.

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