Question: I have an evergreen magnolia tree that is approximately 5 years old. This summer it bloomed for the first time. The blossoms were big, creamy white and beautiful, but most of them turned brown either while still buds or as soon as they bloomed. What can I do to prevent this?

Many thanks,

Answer: Some magnolia cultivars seem to be more prone to browning of the flowers than others. This is usually weather related (late frosts while flower buds are forming). Because it is weather related, in most years the flowers will be perfect; in other years, the petals will brown immediately after opening - some won't even open at all.

I think next year your tree will be fine. Enjoy!

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