The Q&A Archives: Growing Magnolias

Question: How do you plant and grow a magnolia from a seed?

Answer: Place the seeds in moist, not soggy, sand in a closed container or ziplock bag. Store them in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 months. Remove and plant in a rich, peaty mix, just barely covering the seeds. Moisten the mix well and cover with a clear plastic bag to hold in the moisture. Most references indicate they germinate best at slightly cool temperatures (approximately 50 degrees F).

The seeds may be slow to germinate, taking a couple of months or more, so be patient.

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