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The imposing evergreen magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), with its particularly large, fragrant flowers and often unconventional growth, is not only an eye-catcher in spring. The warmth-loving tree keeps its glossy leaves even in winter and is a pleasure to look at in the gray season.

The evergreen magnolia is a flat-rooted plant and must therefore be watered when it is dry

Which location does the evergreen magnolia prefer?

Magnolias prefer a deep and permeable garden soil as well as a location that is as sunny as possible.

Can the evergreen magnolia also be cultivated in a bucket?

If only because of the enormous amount of space required, it is not advisable to cultivate the evergreen magnolia in a bucket - of any magnolia at all, with the exception of the small star magnolias.

How much water does the evergreen magnolia need?

Like all magnolias, the evergreen magnolia is a shallow-rooted plant whose roots run very close to the surface of the earth. For this reason, the soil should always be moist and not dry out, especially since magnolias require a lot of water. However, waterlogging should be avoided.

How and with what should Magnolia grandiflora be fertilized?

The evergreen magnolia not only has a high water requirement, but also a high nutrient requirement. For this reason, planted specimens should stand in nutrient-rich, humus-rich soil and be fertilized with mature mixed compost at least three times a year. If the tree shows a nutrient deficiency, you can also fertilize with a high-quality, readily available complete fertilizer.

Can you prune the evergreen magnolia?

Magnolias should not be pruned if possible. However, should a cut be necessary - for example after a storm - always cut off the shoots up to the base of the trunk. Leftover stubs quickly lead to unsightly broom growth.

How can Magnolia grandiflora be propagated?

Most of the time, the evergreen magnolia is propagated by sinkers, whereby rooting is very slow and can take up to two years. Using cuttings, a larger number of young plants can be grown in a shorter time.

When does Magnolia grandiflora bloom?

Compared to other magnolias, the evergreen magnolia blooms a little longer. Its flowering period extends over a few weeks between April and June.

What is the reason for the evergreen magnolia not flowering?

If the evergreen magnolia does not want to bloom, there can be various reasons behind it:

  • unsuitable location (too dark, too cold)
  • unsuitable soil containers (too heavy, too sandy, too wet, too dry)
  • a dark and rainy spring, ergo too little sun
  • Nutrient deficiency (too little or unsuitable fertilization)
  • pruning before flowering

Is Evergreen Magnolia Susceptible to Certain Pests and Diseases?

The evergreen magnolia is quite susceptible to

  • white flies
  • Powdery mildew (powdery and downy mildew)
  • scale insects
  • Leaf spot caused by Pseudomonas
  • Fruit tree cancer due to incorrect pruning


Basically, the evergreen magnolia is quite sensitive to frost and therefore needs winter protection. However, there are also quite well frost-tolerant varieties.

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