Magnolia Tree care - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
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Question by nicolassoma
September 10, 2010
What is the best plant food for a magnolia tree and what is the best way to keep this type of tree. I live in South Florida and have planted one in my home. The first bloom recently occured and the flowers dont last to long, they turn brown and die quickly. Is this normal and if not what can I do to remedy this?

Answer from NGA
September 10, 2010
Magnolias like acidic soils and an acidified fertilizer such as Miracid. Feed in the spring in amounts as recommended on the Miracid label (which vary depending upon the size of the tree). It's not unusual for young trees to produce blooms that last only a few days. As the tree matures and has more reserve energy it will hold those flowers a little longer. Browning is natural as the flowers begin to fade. The brown petals will fall from the tree in a matter of days. Enjoy your new magnolia!

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