Best Time to Plant Magnolia

Right now, in the very earliest days of Autumn – with still the chance of late summer days, is the absolute best time to plant Magnolia. The ground is still warm and receptive and there will be plenty of weeks for the tree or shrub to settle before the really cold weather starts. Planting Magnolias in Autumn requires a bit of forward thinking, essentially, you’re planning six months ahead and one simply has to remember those magical Spring days when after a long, cold, wet winter the Magnolias appeared and they were magnificent!
Magnolias are simply one of the most beautiful flowering trees and their clouds of white or pale pink blossom are a joyful reminder that finally, warmer days are ahead.
Quick Links to Featured Magnolias:
Magnolia Lilliflora Nigra – Black Lily Magnolia
Magnolia Soulangeana
Magnolia Soulangeana Satisfaction
Magnolia Soulangeana Superba

Magnolia Stellata White
Magnolia Stellata Pink
Magnolia X Loebneri Merrill


A fully grown mature Magnolia Soulangeana in bloom in Springtime
A fully grown mature Magnolia Soulangeana in bloom in Springtime

Choosing A Magnolia
Choosing the right tree for your space is one of the most important choices that we here at Paramount can help you with, our expert team is on-hand to give you sound advice on the right Magnolia for your garden – soil type, aspect and size at maturity are all important considerations – but with the large range of varieties available – there will be the right Magnolia for you and we can help you select it.

Preparing your Magnolia for planting. 
Magnolia’s do not like to be moved often and it’s generally accepted that the larger (more mature) specimens are best at getting established initially when planted, so our advice is to invest in the most mature specimen you can afford.  Choosing a site – Magnolias are hardy and they will withstand a frost but they do prefer a sunny site and this will encourage more blooms each season, unless you’re growing any of the Magnolia Stellata varieties, which are naturally found growing in woodland and so will happily grow and flower in partial shade.
Good soil preparation is essential, Magnolias need moisture for healthy growth of those large leaves and for flower production and this should be throughout the season, before you plant make sure you add plenty of good quality mulch (don’t use peat or mushroom compost, these are far too drying) into the hole before inserting your tree. A good mulch should be applied around the base of the tree every year in early Spring, and make sure your tree has plenty of water throughout its first growing season. The soil doesn’t have to be acid – a neutral pH or slightly acidic is fine, the main thing to watch out for, is not to let your tree dry out. Before you plant – soak the tree in a bucket of water for a couple of hours, make a hole at least twice the size of the rootball, fill the hole with water and let it drain away, then add a good amount of moist mulch in the bottom of the hole. Then plant your tree with plenty of mulch as a back fill and ‘heel’ in the tree to remove any pockets of air. Water the tree again.

Here are just a few dazzling examples of the range of Magnolias for sale online at Paramount Plants

Magnolia Lilliflora Nigra
(Black Lily Magnolia) is a great choice for a small garden and should be planted in a sunny or semi shaded position.

Magnolia Lilliflora Nigra - Black Lily Magnolia buy online UK
Magnolia Lilliflora Nigra – Black Lily Magnolia

Magnolia Soulangeana
Stunning goblet shaped flowers that are white with a pink tinge, profuse flowering, the entire tree is covered in flowers in Springtime.

Magnolia Soulangeana Flowering, for sale at our London Plant centre, UK
Magnolia Soulangeana Flower Detail

Magnolia Soulangeana Satisfaction
Magnolia Satisfaction is a beautiful new smaller variety, it will reach a maximum height of about 2 metres, making it a better choice for urban or smaller gardens.

Magnolia Soulangeana Satisfaction, pink flowering magnolia buy online UK
Magnolia Soulangeana Satisfaction – profuse flowering Magnolia

Magnolia Soulangeana Superba
A new introduction, flowering more freely from a younger age. Magnolia Soulangeana Alba Superba is a lovely shaped tree, working well in small gardens. Suberba has large tulip shaped goblets of creamy rose pink flowers borne along bare stems in April/May.

Magnolia Soulangeana Superba buy online UK
Magnolia Soulangeana Superba – good for smaller gardens

Magnolia Stellata Rosea (pink flowering) Magnolia Stellata (white flowering)
Our mature specimens are circa 10-15 years of age and they give instant impact. These shrubs are slow growing and buying smaller versions will take years to mature to this size.

Magnolia Stellata Rosea - Pink Flowering | Magnolia Stellata, white buy online UK
Magnolia Stellata Rosea – Pink Flowering | Magnolia Stellata, white

Magnolia X Loebneri Merrill
Profuse white flowers appearing April/May – this variety will work as a specimen tree in small or larger gardens – awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit a sure sign it will work well in most UK gardens.

Magnolia X Loebneri Merrill - white flowering for sale UK
Magnolia X Loebneri Merrill – white flowering

Our expert team at Paramount Plants are on-hand if you need any advice – please do get in touch!

Paramount Plants & Gardens Ltd
131 Theobalds Park Road
Crews Hill
Enfield
London EN2 9BH
Tel: +44 (0)20 8367 8809
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