Any hope for my magnolia blooming?

Discussion in 'Magnoliaceae' started by dawgie, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. dawgie

    dawgie Active Member 10 Years

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    Raleigh, NC
    I’ve got an Ann magnolia that’s been growing in my backyard at least 10 years. In the past it has flowered well but has become increasingly unreliable. The problem seems to be that we often get hot spells with droughts in mid-summer, right when it is setting flower buds for the following year. I don’t realize there’s a problem until it sheds most of its leaves, and by then the damage is done. Last year I heavily mulched the tree in hopes that it would prevent the bud drop, but it only had one bloom this spring. Clearly I planted it in the wrong spot, which dries out badly during droughts. Ironically, a Japanese maple planted nearby, but about one- foot lower elevation, has no stress issues during dry weather.

    Any suggestions for helping this tree bloom better? It gets enough sunshine and is protected from late afternoon sun.

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