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My magnolia stellata won't flower

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I've had a magnolia stellata for about18 years but the last few years it has hardly produced any flowers. This year it has a measly five. It is in a sheltered position backed by a south facing wall and is protected from morning sun. Several neighbours have them too but theirs are full of blooms.

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I can think of two possible reasons. Firstly, it may not be making much new growth - do you feed it annually? Secondly, it may be dry at the roots which may inhibit flower bud formation; regular watering, especially during dry spells, will help

5 Apr, 2009


Ah! Guilty as charged! No, I have not fed it. I have recently mulched it with some lovely garden compost, but I will take your advice and start to feed it. Thankyou!

10 Apr, 2009

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