Magnolia soulangeana

Garden plants of the Magnolia soulangeana species

Magnolia soulangeana is the hybrid variety obtained from the result of the crossing between the species of Magnolia liliflora and Magnolia denudata. These garden plants can be grown as shrubs or small trees and are characterized by the beautiful flowering they produce in late winter or spring. The flowers are large and open before the foliage appears, they can be cup-shaped white, pink and purple. The posture is erect and the trunk has dense and compact branches. The leaves are deciduous, light green, oval or obovate, leathery with thick and deep veins. The foliage has an expanded and globular appearance. The specimens of Magnolia soulangeana if cultivated in optimal conditions can grow and develop reaching a considerable size.

Cultivation techniques of the Magnolia soulangeana plant

The Magnolia soulangeana hybrid is a plant that requires special attention to thrive. In fact, the root system of these plants is extremely delicate and can easily deteriorate if it is not treated in an optimal way. The specimens of Magnolia soulangeana fear water stagnation from watering and can tolerate winter temperatures of no less than five degrees. They prefer soft and fresh soils, whether they are grown in pots or in the open ground. The exposures must be very sunny, preferably facing south; irrigations are sporadic in spring and summer while they are completely suspended in autumn and winter. The trees and shrubs of Magnolia soulangeana fear pruning and heal wounds with difficulty.

Fertilization and adversity of Magnolia soulangeana plants

The fertilization of Magnolia soulangeana plants must be carried out in two distinct periods of the year. One at the end of the winter season and the other at the beginning of autumn, it is advisable to administer a slow release fertilizer, rich in mineral salts and all the nutrients necessary for the development of these garden plants. All species of these plants are subject to the so-called Magnolia bacteriosis which mainly affects the deciduous varieties. It generally appears with the vegetative restart in spring and is characterized by dark spots that tend to appear all over the foliage. To prevent the proliferation of this disease,

Magnolia soulangeana garden plant propagation

The most used propagation method to obtain new specimens of Magnolia soulangeana is through the cutting technique. The selected apical tops are taken during the summer season and must be cleaned of excess leaves. To help the rooting process it is advisable to treat the cutting of the cuttings with rooting and pesticide powder. Subsequently, they can be stored in individual containers, filled with soil mixed with peat and sand to always be kept moist. The ideal temperature does not drop below twenty-five degrees. To maintain the right environmental humidity, the soil must be sprayed frequently. The appearance of new leaf buds confirms that rooting has taken place and the new plants of Magnolia soulangeana can be permanently planted.

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