Magnolia blooming again

Discussion in 'Magnoliaceae' started by joZ, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. joZ

    joZ Active Member

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    I have three magnolia trees, two of which are blooming again. Is this common? I don't know what type they are. One has all white blooms and the other pink and white. These pictures are from April 1st, 2007.

    They bloomed wonderfully at the end of March, early April this year (2007) and are now just starting to bloom again (July 20th started). They didn't bloom twice last year. This is only our second year in this home so we don't have a long history with this property. Are we doing something right...or is it just dumb luck?
     

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    NiftyNiall Active Member 10 Years

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    It is normal for some of the healthy magnolias to flower twice. The one on the right is a star magnolia, of some type. We have large well-established ones at Riverview.
     
  3. joZ

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    Thank you Niftyniall for your insight. I will read up on the star magnolia now.
    I haven't seen a website that talks about a magnolia blooming twice-only on a forum-so I was curious, which is why I asked this well-informed group. I now have to learn what makes a magnolia happy and healthy - what we are doing right versus what would not-be-so-right.

    Also, I reviewed your Riverview Horticultural Centre Society website that is a link on your Avatar. Even though I am a Vancouver native I had no idea that it existed, let alone it had such a collection of trees. Fascinating.
     
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    Could the pink flowering magnolia be: Botanical Name: Magnolia x Soulangiana
    Common Names: Saucer Magnolia Tree - Japanese Magnolia ?
     
  5. Deirdre Savage

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    I too have a pink Magnolia and can't remember it's name. Mine also boomed twice in the year in 2006 and 2007. The second blooming (around July) wasn't as healthy as the first blooming (around March/ April). Should this tree be pruned, if so, when?

    Deirdre.
     
  6. Ron B

    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Don't whack on magnolias, it doesn't work out. The summer bloom not being like the spring is normal.
     
  7. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Unless you know for sure which Magnolia
    you have it is prudent not to prune it. Even
    similar individuals among stellata, loebneri,
    and lilliflora, the principal forms that can
    rebloom in a growing season, react differently
    to pruning. The one constant is that none of
    them prosper soon after a pruning. In most
    of these Magnolias a severe pruning can lead
    to a tree that really does not ever snap back
    with rejuvenate new growth. A light trim can
    be done right after they bloom in warm areas
    that get plenty of sunlight at the expense of a
    couple years of sparse blooms from the wood
    that has been pruned but in areas that are
    cooler that get plenty of overcast skies then
    even a light trim can lead to trouble. What
    happens is that when we prune a branch the
    plant does not send out immediate new growth
    from under the cut but instead wants to send
    out new growth from the base of the tree or
    the base of the branch that was cut. It is rather
    common in many of the deciduous Magnolias
    to see entire branches that have been top pruned
    die out which is the best reason not to prune or
    trim them if we can help it. A healthy tree
    seldom needs to be pruned per say (crossing
    branches that are causing wood injury can be
    pruned out any time if need be and it is better
    to take out the whole invasive branch).

    Summer blooms, although not heavy blooming
    can be seen in the lilliflora, loebneri, stellata
    and on occasion on kobus and M. x kewensis
    and their forms and hybrid forms of them. I
    see a few Summer blooms almost every year
    on those forms where I am. I even see some
    Winter (November/December) blooms on
    salcifolia but none of the Summer or the
    Winter blooms are as full and lush flowered
    as the Spring blooms are.

    Jim
     
  8. Ron B

    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Late bloom is frequent on saucer magnolia and some other M. liliiflora hybrids here.
     
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    Late bloom is at the expense of spring bloom....all the buds are set at the same time (mid/late summer). Around here, late season blooming is often a result of high soil fertility.
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I believe summer bloom I see here is often on new shoots of current season and precedes setting of final crop of overwintering flower buds.
     
  11. Garry Heard

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    Our magnolia is flowering again in late July, it seems to do this every year. I have spoken with several people and one of the main reasons is we have a sprinkler system and all our gardens get regularly watered. The magnolia looks as healthy as the spring growth.
     

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    Glad to have found this conversation. I’m in southern Ontario and my saucer magnolia is blooming again. I've never seen this happen here in Ontario, so wanted to check to see if this is common and to see that it doesn’t mean too much damage over winter. Glad to see that it does occur and now I can just enjoy it.
    This is only our second year with these two magnolias, and they’re thriving. Love them!!
     
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