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Woman Pruning Magnolia Trees

Care Tips for Trees

Trees purchased from our nursery are delivered in a pot or container. Follow the below instructions when you are ready to plant your tree outdoors.

  1. Select a spot that is at least 20 feet away from any overhead utility lines or any other overhead obstruction.
  2. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container of your tree.
  3. Carefully remove tree from its container keeping the soil around the roots intact. You can tap the outside of the container to help loosen the edges. Carefully slide the tree from the container and avoid yanking the tree out, as this can separate the roots from the tree.
  4. Set the tree in the middle of the hole. Avoid planting the tree too deep. Make sure the tree is planted 1-2 inches higher than the surrounding soil.
  5. Fill and firmly pack the hole with soil and water to help eliminate any air pockets.
  6. After the water has soaked in, spread protective mulch 2-4 inches deep in a 3-foot diameter around the base of the tree, but not touching the trunk. The mulch will help retain moisture.
  7. For the first-year water the tree generously every 7 to 10 days.
  8. After your tree is established, a very light application of a general-purpose fertilizer will aid in the growth of your tree. Read the recommended rate and do not over fertilize your tree.
  9. Remember to be patient! These are legacy trees which may outlive your grandchildren. Some might grow only 8 to 10 inches each year, but will can provide centuries of enjoyment!

Planting Schedule

Northern Climates – spring to mid-summer

Southern Climates – year-round planting is possible, just make sure you are living in a zone where there are not damaging winter temperatures.