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My magnolia won't grow

I bought a port wine magnolia over three years ago from a reputable garden centre. It has barely grown in that time - no lateral growth at all and only ever had one flower. It sits in the ground like a stick budding a few leaves each year and nothing more. Anything I can do?

Submitted: 11:45PM, 30 Aug 2017
Answer: Hi Ainslie,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

I suspect the plant was root bounded before planting and the roots are not spreading out to support nutrients and water intake, hence the stunted growth. I would suggest replanting the tree in improved soil by digging in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, which is a manure based, certified organic fertiliser, and will provide all the nutrients (nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus) for your plants need to grow and thrive. Make sure the plant is well watered after replanting till new growth appearing.

Hope this helps and happy gardening.

Best Regards,
Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 09:30AM, 31 Aug 2017


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