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Is a way to keep flower blossom longer?

Posted by johnchen NJ (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 18, 12 at 21:29

Hi guys,

I would like to ask if anyone knows how to make flower blossom
I have two beautiful Edith Bogue magnolia trees, it has big,
fragrance flower every year. Unfortunately, blossom was too
short for each flower only last less than 2 days.
I guess there may be some kind of fertilize can adjust some.
I appreciate any suggestion.

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RE: Is a way to keep flower blossom longer?

Perhaps you may want to look into a product called Wilt-Pruf. Maybe this may have some extending effect when applied to the flowers. Altough with M. grandiflora and the other non-deciduous types, their tepals are pretty thick and waxy but shatter from the base pretty easily. The tepals are released in nearly pristine condition often times.

Perhaps this release is a response to being pollinated? What if one were to remove the stamens as soon as possible to prevent pollination? Or even the carpel? Would that extend the life of a magnolia flower?

I believe the easiest solution is to add another magnolia. :P Preferably 'Little Gem' magnolia, as this cultivar has one of the most extensive blooming season for M. grandiflora.

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