Magnolia Tree

Pauline O\’Reilly asked 9 years ago

I planted a Magnolia Tree in Spring 2009. It went in in blossom and blossomed 2010 & 2011. In 2012 & this year it only produced two or three blossoms. The tree appears to be extremely healthy however, I have under-planted it with spring bulbs and sweet William for the summer. Is this the problem? Do I need to remove them?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Sometimes trees can flower in the early years, because of the restriction of the pot, but then grow away strongly in the open soil and reduce flowering for a few years, while they make a framework of branches, but return to flowering later.

Magnolia will do best without competing plants, just mulched , but spring bulbs would not offer enough competition to cause a problem. However root disturbance is to be avoided.