Monday, September 12
Ann Magnolia is also known as Little Girl Hybrid Magnolia and is a cross between Magnolia Liliflora and Magnolia Stellata. Ann Magnolia produces strikingly beautiful fuchsia or reddish purple flowers during bloom. It is a deciduous shrub or a tree that can grow up to 12- 15 feet in height and 8- 10 feet in width. The flowers bloom from the spring season till fall and their bright color makes the landscape lively and attractive. Ann Magnolias can be used in the home garden as a shrub border or even as a focal point specimen in the area. The vibrant flowers blend in well with almost any kind of landscape or design that you have in mind.
Ann Magnolia grows well in sun or partial shade and well drained soil. It can be planted in sandy, loamy or clay soil. These plants need little care and maintenance which makes them ideal for a home garden. Ann Magnolia thrives in acidic soil which is fertilized with the right quantity of fertilizers. There are a number of ways of planting Ann Magnolia. It can be grown by sowing the seeds in fall, through grafting in winters and also by propagating in summers. It can also be grown by layering the plant.
The plant should be pruned annually to remove damaged branches. Pruning also helps in maintaining the shape of plant. Ann Magnolia, like most of the other plants, is susceptible to diseases, pests and insects. To provide healthy growing conditions, make sure to get rid of the pests and insects that can harm and damage the plant. Fungal spots, Powdery Mildew and bacterial infection are the common plant diseases that can affect your plant so use preventive chemicals in the prescribed quantities. Given the fact that Ann Magnolia needs less maintenance, it is a good option for beginners or for that matter anyone who is looking for beautiful and bright colored flowering shrub for their home garden.