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 Post subject: My Magnolia is losing it's leaves!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:18 pm 
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I just bought a Little Gem Magnolia in May I believe and now it's lost a lot of it's leaves. I try not to over water it, but maybe I am under watering it? Is there something else I need to do? It's not blooming very much either. Please help! I am new to gardening and I'm afraid i've inherited my mother's brown thumb....


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:59 pm 
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It could be that it's just being a magnolia. The Southern magnolias lose their leaves all Summer long, much like a live oak. Even though they are evergreen, they still drop their leaves every year. It's just spread out over several months. On the blooming, the Southern mags only bloom for a short time. Not sure about the Little Gems. Kent

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I concur with kentobrew's statement. I no longer have either a Magnolia or Live Oak in my landscape, however I had both for 15 years in my previous location. If memory serves, both trees were constant shedders. I don't miss that aspect of either tree, but I do miss the beautiful blooms from the Magnolia.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 7:58 pm 
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THanks for the posts. I know that Magnolias lose their leaves, but I'm afriad it is losing too many leaves.. It looks kind of bare. And the blooms look funny. it appears as if it has budded but the bloom never opened and the bud is diformed. I'll try to get a picture of it soon. Maybe it is just normal, but i'd like to know for sure.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:18 am 
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I don't have one, but Howard recommends a probe to determine the moisture in the soil.

From Howard: Many people wonder how to accurately determine the moisture in the soil and are looking for advice on how often to water.  I have a great tool just for that purpose to tell you about today. 

One of the best gardening tools you can own is a pipe probe.  Several companies make a version of this tool  Structron makes one that is about 4’ long fiberglass rod with a metal bullet tip and rubber handles.  There are no dials or gauges.  This probe works by feel.  By pushing it into the soil, you can tell instantly whether the soil is too dry or too wet.  It also can be used to find pipes or underground obstructions such as rock and concrete.  Girdling roots on trees can also be detected without digging.  This is a great tool that all serious gardeners should own and use.  It’s available online from several tool companies and Green Mama’s Organic Market, a nursery in North Richland Hills and Redenta’s with stores in Dallas, Arlington and Colleyville, stock it. 

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