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we have a 10' magnolia grandiflora bought from a nursery 18 months ago. It is producing flowers two at a time which then last about 4 days. Is this normal? Also how do we prune to keep the height reasonable. Never sure just where to cut the branches or at what time of year. Thanks. Liz.



Wow, our magnolia flowered months ago! 4 Days is a reasonable amount of time for an individual flower to last.

20 Jul, 2010


Hi Villager,

Yes, that is the normal flowering pattern for M. grandiflora. Unlike the spring flowering (and the deciduous summer flowering) Magnolias grandiflora produces a few flowers at a time for an extemely long period - often 6 months or more, depending on the variety.

Magnolias do not generally take very well to pruning, often responding by producing very long, vigorous water shoots that spoil the overall shape of the plant. If you need to keep your grandiflora to a certain size then then this should be tackled in late winter. Take out any crossing branches to improve the shape and then cut over-long branches back evenly to a strong pair of buds.

20 Jul, 2010


.thanks. really helpful comments.

21 Jul, 2010

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