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Question: I have tried 2 grow a magnolia tree in my yard but it just wont work, is there a certain time I should try & does it have to be pretty tall already be4 transplanting? Thanks so much.

Answer: Fortunately for us in Texas, it is rather easy to meet the cultural requirements for magnolias. They require an acid soil, which is what predominates in our area. The soil should be deep, with additions of organic matter, and well-drained. They do not do well on wet, poorly drained soil.

Magnolias grow and bloom best in full sun. Plant in a location with good air movement to reduce the incidence of powdery mildew. Mulch well around the root area of the trees and do not try to grow grass under the canopy. Magnolias have fleshy, shallow roots and eventually only the toughest groundcovers can grow and survive underneath.

Late winter or early spring are the best times to transplant a magnolia. Planting in the coolest months of the year will give your new magnolia a chance to re-establish its roots before hot weather sets in. Hope this information helps!

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