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TDsngumbo
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Growing magnolia trees from seed
I have a few little gem magnolias in the back yard and last fall I harvested 6 seeds from the pods. Removed all the fruit from the seed and placed them onto a wet paper town inside a ziplock back and placed in the fridge.

I planted them yesterday in some starter pots with some potting soil. A few of them had already started to sprout and grow into the paper towel a bit. I accidentally broke off the tips of the sprouts while trying to get them out of the paper towel but planted them anyway. Hopefully those don't die.

How fast do these things grow? I know they won't be little gem magnolias and will likely be regular magnolia trees and I'm fine with that. My front yard is big enough for them. Just wondering what to expect in terms of growth rate. I'd love to be able to put them into the ground by the end of the summer. Is that possible?


gumbo2176
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re: Growing magnolia trees from seed
They are not a fast growing tree. There were 2 of them in my neighbors yard when I was a kid that were huge, but over 50 years old at the time.

One thing I will say for them is they make a huge mess and it only gets worse as they get bigger. The leaves are very waxlike and don't decompose easily and as big as they are, it doesn't take all that many to look a mess.

The flowers are nice, but you touch the petals and they turn brown almost before your eyes. The cones are pretty heavy before the seeds emerge and if they fall off the tree at that time and hit you, they hurt.

The seeds are loved by some birds and birds love to eat and shite at the same time. If you park a vehicle under them, be prepared to wash it often.

I probably raked several semi-trailers worth of leaves as a kid and absolutely hated those trees.


tenfoe
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re: Growing magnolia trees from seed
They don't grow too fast. They are, however, the absolute best tree for kids to learn to climb in once they get up in size. Plenty of stout branches to climb on.


TDsngumbo
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they make a huge mess and it only gets worse as they get bigger

Literally everyone tells me this but I've had magnolias for a long time and I love them. I have zero issues with the mess they make. I chop up the mess with my mower and go about my day. I just think the trees are beautiful.


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Hammertime
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Plenty of stout branches to climb on.
Eh....I've fallen out of a couple. Dropped about 30ft once. The old branches hang on looking like live ones to a little kid. Sneaky little bastards.

But still, they are a great climbing tree


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WPsportsman
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I have three magnolias in my camp yard and I swear they drop something year around.. the flower is nice but not worth it.. drop leaves all summer long and big seed pods all fall don’t plans one where you may park a vehicle under it
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ChenierauTigre
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re: Growing magnolia trees from seed
My husband rescued a magnolia seedling when it was 8" tall. This was about 20 years ago. It is now about 30 - 40 ft. tall and 12-15 feet wide.


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