Hi, I have a spot in my garden where I would like to plant a saucer hybrid magnolia. Is it OK to plant now in the fall, or am I better off waiting until Spring?
Thanks for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners. Saucer magnolias are lovely trees. There are many cultivars with a wide range of flower colors and shapes. In cold climates it is better to plant a magnolia in the spring. This will provide an opportunity for the tree to become established before winter sets in. Magnolias prefer a full sun to a partial sun location. Ideally they should be planted in neutral to slightly acid soil but they will tolerate slightly alkaline soils. Irrigate the tree two times per week for the first three to six months, and weekly for the rest of the growing season. Apply two inches of mulch three inches away from the tree trunk. Click on this link for more information about the care of magnolias.