Magnolia Does Not Bloom: Should You Cut Back?

Magnolias originate from Asia and America, so they are not native to us. If you replant the ornamental shrubs, the magnolia may not bloom in the spring. Do not panic! Because magnolias need a little time to acclimatize. This can also take several years.

Some varieties bloom only in the summer

Magnolia Does Not Bloom: Should You Cut Back?


Magnolia flowering is one of the great productions that nature has in store in the spring. The first varieties begin to bloom at the end of March. The star magnolia is always the first. During April, the others of the 230 magnolia varieties follow. Some varieties don’t even bloom until May or June! If flowering is late – it is also normal for some tulip magnolias to have a second and smaller bloom in the summer – leaves are usually not produced in the early years. If the shoots with smaller buds are neither dead nor look sickly, pruning is not necessary.

Avoid pruning if possible


When a magnolia is cut, you usually always mutilate the growth of the beautiful woody plants. Magnolias look simply beautiful uncut and the older they get, the more picturesque their habit. Only when it can no longer be avoided, when the tree becomes too large or branches die, can you reach for the saw. So: pruning, e.g. for rejuvenation, is very rarely necessary.

If pruning is necessary: Do not shorten shoots, do not leave stubs, but always cut back directly at the base, if at all, so as not to disfigure the tree: Magnolias, like almost all woody plants, like to sprout broom-like from incorrect pruning in the middle of the branch (water sprout).

Our care tip: If the magnolia does not want to bloom in the spring, be patient and fertilize with compost in the spring.

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