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Magnolia Never Flowered

VoyagerxpVoyagerxp Posts: 636
edited March 2019 in Plants
I've had my magnolia in this position in my garden for a few years and its never flowered. I get leaves but not one flower. Ive seen smaller ones than mine with flowers so it can't be its size can it?.


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,246
    Rather depends on which Magnolia you have .....some can take 15 to 25 years before they flower.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,827
    Hi Voyagerxp. Is that a sunny corner that your Magnolia is in as they do flower much better in a sunny to part shaded position?
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • VoyagerxpVoyagerxp Posts: 636
    Its more shady than sunny but gets some sun.
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Many years ago we had a magnolia twig which grew but never flowered. We moved and took it with us and although replanted it still didn't flower. Then an old gardener told my husband that they often put down a tap root and that stopped them flowering. 
    Well we moved again and as I dug it up I heard something snap! Replanted again in our new home and when we moved 17 years later it was over 10ft tall and flowered every year.
    Now 3 houses later and in each one I plant a magnolia but always put a small slab under the stem and they all flower every year. The latest is a magnolia stellata bought from Lidl and in its 3rd season, it flowered last year and is just flowering now.
    Maybe worth trying now although it's too late for flowers this year as they form their flower buds in the autumn 

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,246
    Voyagerxp ....Your pic was not there when I answered.
    That is still a very small Magnolia.
    Give it time.

    The soil looks horrid. Full of stones.
    Is it too dry?
    Maybe it would benefit from a good mulch. 

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I agree about the soil and is that a big tree root coming through on the left? Your baby magnolia may be being out competed by something next door.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    @K67 It was interesting what you said about  the tap root I heard this about other plants many years ago when I spent a few years working part time in a large country house garden while at uni.
    The other thing relating to a large magnolia that had never flowered in about 20 years and was going to be removed.
    One of the gardeners suggested to ring bark it. So they removed 2/3 of the bark from around the trunk about 4 inches wide, this apparently cheats the plant into thinking it's dying and it's natural instinct is to flower and set seed.
    How much truth in this I don't know but the magnolia flowered the next year and every year from then on or maybe it was naturally time for it to flower anyway.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • VoyagerxpVoyagerxp Posts: 636
    I'm going to move it tomorrow to another part of the garden where the soil is better. see if that helps.  The soil here is not great, a lot of stones, i keep digging it over and removing as much stone as i can.
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