The Q&A Archives: Magnolia tree soil

Question: I just bought a Magnolia tree and the instructions say that it likes acid soil, what kind of soil do I buy, and does home depot carry it?

Answer: You can amend the soil with compost or peat moss. Both are available in bags in the garden center. Dig a planting hole the same depth but twice as wide as the container your magnolia is currently in. Mix compost or peat moss with the soil you took out of the hole and then unpot the magnolia and set it in the hole. Be sure that the plant is sitting at the same soil level as it was in the nursery pot and then backfill around the roots with the amended soil, tamping it down as you go. Water your magnolia after you've planted it to help settle the soil. Then remember to water deeply once a week to help the roots become established. Best wishes with your magnolia.

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