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Can anyone advise please on pruning this lovely plant. I don't want it to grow to full height / width as its roots may well damage the front of house. It is currently a few years old and is approx 4ft high and 4ft wide.

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  • Posted: Sat. 30th July 2011 15:14

Re: How and when to prune magnolia black tulip

Reply from Valerie Munro

Hi Richard

There are so many different magnolias, with differing pruning needs, that you are right to want to get it right!

Magnolia 'Black Tulip' needs to be given a careful inspection in late summer, to consider how the plant is shaping up. Look for any dead stems and cut these out.

But take care, as if you get secateur happy and snip with abandon, then you could end up ruining the natural shape of this plant. If you are removing a dead stem, take it right back to where it joins a healthy stem.

We have had such unusual weather lately, hot and dry one minute, torrential rain the next. This is a good time to examine the soil in which you plant is in. It requires fertile moist but well drained soil. Flowers are damaged by frost / wind - so plant under shelter in full / partial sun.

I would also recommend mulching the area around the base of the plant with compost, and top this up once a year.

I hope that this helps

Auntie Planty
Twitter @THEauntieplanty

  • Posted: Sun. 31st July 2011 09:27