How to grow magnolias in a garden
- Choose a spot that gets full sun to part shade.
- Clear any grass or ground-covering plants from the planting area to about a metre across, then dig in plenty of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals and good quality compost into the soil.
- Create a planting hole that’s about twice the width of the pot and approximately the same depth.
- Carefully take the plant out of the pot with care (magnolias hate root disturbance) and sit it into the planting hole.
- Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
- Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw around the base of the plant, keeping it away from the trunk.
- Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on soil and weather conditions.
- During the flowering period, feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Natural Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.