Bracken's Brown Beauty - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jhoward4001
July 2, 2010
My tree is 2yrs old. In the spring of this year it was 6ft. tall, the leaves started turning yellow, and dieing. The local garden center advised me to cut away the dead limbs. In doing so I now have a 3ft trunk and nothing else. My question is will it survive, and can I do anything to help it?

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010
When magnolia leaves turn yellow it can indicate a need for fertilizer or it's a symptom of overwatering. Cutting away the dead branches is a good idea - pruning usually encourages new growth, but if the underlying problem is root rot, pruning won't cure the problem. I'd feed the plant with an acidified fertilizer such as Miracid to see if that doesn't spur some new growth. Hope it does!

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