Q. How do I transplant magnolias?
Transplanting a magnolia tree is not an easy task. First of all, it will have to be root pruned a full year in advance of moving. Root pruning is done to stimulate the growth of new feeder roots close to the tree; these roots will help the tree make the transition more easily. These are the roots that will be dug up with the root ball when the tree is transplanted. After transplanting, it is best to mulch the soil around the tree, but a little away from the trunk, and take care that it is kept reasonably moist throughout the first summer.
The difficulty is related to this tree's thick, fleshy, wide-ranging roots. If transplanting is done when these are not ready to immediately start into growth, cut ends are likely to die back to an extent that the newly moved specimen is harmed, its life endangered.
Garden Guides' How to Transplant a Magnolia Tree offers a step-by-step guide to the delicate transplanting process.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service