Magnolia in the garden: growing features
What do you think of when you hear the word magnolia? The first association is the sea, the warm coast, the beach. But magnolia in Belarus can also grow and become a magnificent decoration of the garden. This exotic beauty can grow in our climate, although you will have to study the nuances of agricultural technology in order to enjoy the beauty of an overseas beauty.
Recently, the climate is amazing, temperature changes are obvious. Severe frosts are possible where they have never been, and winter thaws have become commonplace. Clear instructions for caring for magnolia do not give advice on how to save the plant in extreme conditions. Our article is based on the practical experience of growing heat-loving shrubs in conditions far from perfect.
Magnolia in the garden: variety selection
The beauty of magnolia flowers and mesmerizing photos can set you up to buy varieties with low winter hardiness. Do not flatter yourself, bushes with winter hardiness less than 20 degrees in areas where frosts can hit down to -30 degrees will not overwinter, do not waste money and time, buy only those plants that suit your climate. See what wonderful frost-resistant varieties we can offer you.
All these varieties can winter in the climate of Belarus.
Seedlings with a closed root system take root much faster and easily adapt to growing conditions. These are the ones you will find in our online store. It is better not to buy seedlings with an open root system, the roots are very fragile, easily broken when in contact with soil and tools. For this reason, you need to carefully select a landing site. It will be impossible to successfully transplant the plant. There must be enough space to easily plant and care in the open field, and the magnolia must also have enough nutrition. In addition, space must also be provided for mounting the shelter.
Magnolia: planting and care, site selection
The best adviser is always experience. Multiple experiments on magnolia cultivation, planting and care have shown that the plant is special and some tricks and recommendations are only suitable for magnolia and completely unacceptable for other crops.
If everything is done correctly, there is a great chance that in your area the magnolia will not only be able to grow and bloom, but also give cones with seeds.
Magnolia: care and shelter for the winter
Like all heat-loving crops, magnolia needs shelter for the winter, this is especially true for young plants. We will figure out what and how to make a shelter that can protect against frost and precipitation.
The best is the frame method of shelter. The fact is that magnolia branches are very fragile and can be easily broken when trying to do without a frame. It is desirable to make the design with the expectation of 3-4 years. It should be wider and higher than the plant by at least 30 cm. In the upper part, you need to leave room for an air vent. The frame is wrapped so that the bush is completely protected from the wind, but the access of fresh air through the upper hole is preserved. This is necessary to adapt the seedling to the local climate.
Shelter materials can be any, but coniferous spruce branches are considered the best. The younger the seedling, the denser the shelter should be and the thicker the layer of covering material, the smaller the vent. With age, the bush gets used to the local climate, its frost resistance increases significantly. At the age of 6-7 years, magnolia can winter without shelter.
Magnolia root protection is essential for all shrubs of any age. A snowy winter can result in the death of a plant only because of the freezing of the roots. A thick layer of mulch solves this problem. You can use any bulk materials: sawdust, peat, needles, dry foliage.
The general conclusion is simple. Despite all the difficulties, growing magnolia in our climate is quite realistic, you just have to want and not give up in case of failure.
And for those who love flowers, ready to learn all the intricacies of care and cultivation, in our section «Floriculture» you will always find the most relevant tips on flower cultivation for both beginners and experienced flower growers, articles on garden decoration, sowing features, as well as many other very useful materials.