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How do you plant a Leonard Messel Magnolia tree?

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Plant a Leonard Messel magnolia in an area that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. This slow-growing tree reaches heights of 10 to 15 feet. Water it regularly during the growing season, and fertilize and lightly prune it annually to maintain its health and enhance its visual appeal.

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  1. Choose a sunny planting site

    Plant a Leonard Messel magnolia tree in a spot with full sun exposure. It does best in well-drained, moist soil. Dig a planting hole that is as deep and at least two times wider than the root ball to allow plenty of space for the roots to expand. Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch to the planting area to keep the soil moist and maintain even soil temperatures.

  2. Maintain evenly moist soil

    Water the plant regularly during its first growing season to encourage the formation of deep roots. In general, it needs at least 1 inch of water weekly from rainfall or supplemental watering, although it requires more moisture during periods of extreme heat. If in doubt, feel the soil. Ideally, it should be moist but not wet.

  3. Fertilize and prune it

    Feed the Leonard Messel magnolia with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer every spring before any new growth emerges. Lightly prune the tree in the winter to remove any damaged limbs and to maintain a strong framework.

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