I have a magnolia stellata I grew from seed (flowered first time this year) that has three new side shoots that are variegated. I would like to propagate these and research indicates Fall air layering or softwood cuttings now – I believe using a gel root stimulant. I only have 2 good variegated shoots plus a slightly variegated shoot I could use to practice on. Can you recommend the best way to propagate these please.
Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners. Magnolia stellate also know as star Magnolia a native of Japan is one of the hardiest Magnolias. The fragrant flowers can be pure white, pale pink or dark pink. It is best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade and appreciates consistent and even moisture in summer.
One of our archived posts titled Hydrangea Cuttings gives step y step instructions on preparing softwood cuttings.
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