Why does my Port Wine Magnolia have sparse woody foilage and other sections are thicker

I have a 3mt tall Port Wine Magnolia and while the foliage is healthy and thicker in the lower sections the mid to top sections of the plant have only sparse foliage on the ends of the branches. I have fed, watered and also dead wooded the plant. Can I prune the plant by half although even though I will only have sticks of branches and hope new growth will appear. Or do you have other suggestions?


13 August 2013 01:40 AM

Hi Michelle,

Port wine magnolias do have a tendency to became a little straggly at times. It is usually the bottom part of the shrub which tends to thin out. Even though it is still winter, the weather in Sydney appears to be warming up quite quickly, so there is no reason why you cannot give your plant a good prune. Pruning will help to initiate new growth and make the plant look more compact in appearance. You might also like to apply a liquid fertiliser called Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate every 1 - 2 weeks. This is a great product which will rejuvenate the health of your plant and keep it growing strongly.

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