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Deadhead Magnolias?

Posted by buford 7 (My Page) on
Sun, May 28, 06 at 18:58

I have 3 fairly young Little Gem Magnolias. I planted them a year and a half ago. They are about 4-5 feet high. They went through a pretty bad molt this year and looked awful. But they are putting on a fabulous bloom and now getting new leaves.

Question: should I cut off the pods that remain after the blooms die? Will this help the tree grow or get more leaves?

Any other tips to get these guys going would be appreciated.

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RE: Deadhead Magnolias?

No leave them alone as they will fall off naturally and don't stress the plant if they are left on.

RE: Deadhead Magnolias?

Besides, the pods and red ripe seeds inside are an ornamental feature.

RE: Deadhead Magnolias?

Thanks. I think I'll be Martha Stewart this year and make a magnolia wreath for my front door.

RE: Deadhead Magnolias?

I have a five year old magnolia tree when i bought it it was literaly like two sticks sticking out of the soil. last year it was very leafy with a few flowers this year the leaves aren't out yet but it has a fabulous show of flowers how long do they normaly flower and do they have only the one flowering or more than one i look forward to hearing from you.

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