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Question: magnolia


my magnolia, who is 18 years old, has not bloomed since last year and is later covered in leaves.
In the past years since the beginning of March it was covered with flowers; it was a sight to behold, it was the jewel of my garden.
What is happening to her, it is not dry because I tried to break a small branch and it is green.
Please give me an answer, I wouldn't want to lose it.
Waiting for best regards.

Answer: magnolia


Dear Catenina,
honestly I do not understand what may have caused this lack of flowers, since you have the shrubbery for 18 years and if in recent years it flourished and was healthy, I believe that the cultivation treatments provided are the best, so it cannot be your green thumb , which is undoubted. Usually the magnolias that fail to bloom have suffered damage during the previous season, such as deficiencies of mineral salts, or watering; the soulangeane magnolias, and the different hybrid varieties, generally like a neutral or slightly acidic pH soil, so if for some reason the soil becomes excessively basic, they tend not to bloom, but they also show noticeable symptoms of ferric chlorosis, with yellowish leaves and sickly appearance; also the lack of fertilizer is shown by the lack of flowering, followed also in this case by unhealthy and not very luxuriant foliage. Another reason that often causes lack of flowering is the infamous habit, increasingly in vogue, unfortunately, of "cleaning up" the garden at the end of winter: pruning done to put a human order on nature leads many gardens to be almost completely deprived of the first spring flowers , which are produced at the apex of the branches, or in any case on the old wood, produced the previous year. But I believe that, having owned the magnolia for 18 years, you already know that magnolias do not require pruning of any kind. A reason that could make sense could be related to the climate, spring 2012 and 2013 were really special, with winter temperatures until early March, and spring weeks that recall November, followed by almost summer days, with highs close to 30 ° C; this climate does not benefit the magnolias, who do not like the great changes in temperature, and above all they bloom at the end of winter, when usually the minimum temperatures tend to rise; unfortunately both in 2012 and in 2013 in many areas of Italy the period of flowering of the magnolias was still completely winter, and this may have happened even in the area where you live, completely inhibiting flowering. In general, if apart from the lack of flowering, the plant is healthy, has a beautiful foliage of the "normal" color and luxuriant growth, I would not worry about that much; perhaps it is still the case to provide a slow release granular fertilizer, once an hour and another time at the end of summer, to avoid that this is a problem of nutritional deficiencies.