care of japanese magnolia - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bas1283
March 18, 2009
my japanese magnolia has serveral sprouts around the bottom. can these sprouts be cut and transplanted?

Answer from NGA
March 18, 2009
The sprouts or suckers are coming from the root system and should be pulled off rather than cut off. They probably won't root for you because they do not have their own root systems. Instead, they are taking their moisture and nutrients from the roots of the parent plant. I would pull them away from the roots before they become too established and you end up with a colony of suckers rather than a single specimen magnolia. Best wishes with your landscape!

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