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Many imagine it is very difficult, but multiplying a magnolia is a breeze. Simply because you have four options.Magnolias are easy to propagate
Magnolias delight every viewer with their magnificent growth and incomparably beautiful blooms. However, you do not necessarily have to buy such a shrub, because it is quite possible to propagate a magnolia yourself. For example, you can multiply your magnolia with the help of seeds, cuttings, subsidence or by means of so-called mossing. Which of these four variants you ultimately choose is entirely up to you.
Possibilities for the propagation of a magnolia
Possibility 1 - propagation by seeds:
Since the seeds of a magnolia are so-called cold or frost germs, they do not need heat, but cold. Accordingly, it is advisable to place the seeds in the freezer of the refrigerator for about three to four months. If the winter is cold enough, you can also leave the seeds outside. Sowing is only carried out when winter is over. You can find out exactly how to do this in our article "Pulling magnolias out of seeds - step by step instructions".
Option 2 - propagation through cuttings:
You can also pull a magnolia out of cuttings. However, you have to consider what kind of shrub it is. In the case of shrubs or trees that shed their leaves, cuttings that still have green wood are removed in early summer. But you can also pull half-woody cuttings in late summer.
With evergreen varieties, you have to take out some half-wooded cuttings in late summer or early autumn. Then put them in a flowerpot filled with a mixture of soil and sand. Then place the pot in a frost-free and bright room. As soon as rooting has taken place, you can put the magnolia in the garden in the coming spring.
Option 3 - propagation by lowering:
If you have decided on a propagation by lowering, you have to start in August. Simply bend a long shoot of the plant to the ground and attach it with a hook. Then pile everything loosely with the garden soil. Then you need a little patience. By the spring of next year at the latest, roots should have formed on the subsidence.
Before the new shoot begins in spring, you must remove the lowering device. Then plant the new magnolia very carefully to its new destination. Pruning is not advisable as the plants will rot very quickly.
Option 4 - multiplication by moss:
With so-called moss removal, you have to choose a branch that is less than one centimeter thick. You then have to cut the bark diagonally with a very sharp knife about 30 to 40 centimeters below the tip of the shoot. The next step is to prevent the cut from closing immediately. You can do this by e.g. clamp a clean pebble or piece of film between them. Then you have to cover the interface thickly with moist moss, so that a veritable “ball” is created. Then a plastic bag is put over it, which you have to tie at the top and bottom.
Now it is time to wait. If you always keep the moss nice and moist, you can usually discover the first roots after just two to three months. As soon as these have formed, you need to separate the shoot from the mother plant and plant it in the garden soil.