Can you transplant a magnolia? You should keep these points in mind

Can you transplant a magnolia? You should keep these points in mind

Selection of the location

So if the old location of your magnolia has become too small, then you have to start looking for a new place. Choosing the right location is of great importance, because magnolias are true divas and can quickly resent a less than ideal location. A partially shaded to not completely sunny place in a south, south-east or south-west orientation, which is also well protected from the wind, is perfect. However, we do not recommend a location in full sun, because magnolias in such places often bloom very early in spring - and are therefore exposed to the risk that their flowers will die off due to night frosts.

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Carry out soil improvement

The right flooring is just as important as the right location. Magnolias need nutrient-rich, humus-rich, slightly acidic to acidic soil. Most magnolia species - there are only a few exceptions - do not tolerate calcareous, ie sandy or alkaline soil. Even heavy, loamy soils need to be improved before moving. To do this, mix the excavation from the planting hole with a little rhododendron or bog soil, depending on the nature of the soil in a ratio of 1: 1.

Moving magnolia

Magnolias develop very branchy, fleshy roots that spread out flat. For this reason, before digging up the plant, take a careful look at where its roots reach so as not to damage the sensitive parts.

  • Now carefully measure the root ball with your eyes. The new planting hole should be at least twice as deep and twice as wide.
  • Place the magnolia in the planting hole and fill it up with the substrate mixture.
  • Do not add compost as the rhododendron soil is pre-fertilized.
  • Press the soil firmly, but because of the shallow roots, it is better not to pound.
  • Water the tree well.

The best time to move is in autumn, when the magnolia has already shed its leaves. Evergreen magnolias, on the other hand, should preferably be moved in spring, before they bloom.

Transplant pot magnolias once a year

Remember that pot magnolias will also need a larger bucket from time to time - the bigger the better. After all, these plants take up an immense amount of space and the roots want to spread. It is ideal to repot the magnolia once a year to a maximum of every two years.

Tips & Tricks

If you multiply your magnolia by lowering or mossing, leave the young plants with the mother plant for as long as possible - separate them and, if possible, only move them after one to two years.

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