Magnolia flowers die soon - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kasgomes
June 30, 2010
I have a 20 yr old magnolia. Tall looks healthy. Sunny area, pH is 6.2. But the tree does not bloom well & the flowers die as buds. please help.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
If it seems otherwise healthy then a common reason is pruning at the wrong time of year; any pruning or shaping would be done in early summer after the bloom period to avoid removing flower buds. Also, it is possible that oscillating temperatures and late frosts in the spring have destroyed the flower buds prior to their opening. Strong cold winter winds could also damage flower buds. Finally, in order to set flowers the tree does need to be growing vigorously. It does best in a rich, evenly moist yet well drained soil in a location out of wind both winter and summer. I hope this helps you troubleshoot and good luck!

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