Magnolia Gail’s Favourite (Magnolia laevifolia Gails favourite)
Although Magnolia Gail’s Favourite are hardy plants, the young flower buds can be damaged so it’s worth planting them away from frost pockets and sheltered from strong winds and gales. Most gardens can offer a suitable spot and they also do very well in the shelter provided by a woodland garden. These evergreen Magnolias prefer a sheltered spot, the evergreen leaves can be damaged during very cold weather and they are often grown against the protection of a wall in cold areas.
They can be combined effectively with other plants enjoying the same conditions such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias to provide a long season of flowering during spring and early summer.
Evergreen Magnolias are quite easy to grow, they prefer a good depth of topsoil that is well drained but does not dry our too much in the summer months. If you have some reasonable garden soil this can be matched exactly to the Magnolias liking with the generous addition of organic matter, well mixed. Adding rootgrow at planting time will ensure they get a good start and a generous mulch after planting should result in strong and healthy growth in the first few years.
Established Magnolia Gail’s Favourite trees seldom need pruning, except to remove damaged, diseased, or congested branches. Occasionally young Magnolia trees may need a little formative pruning to encourage a nice shape. This is best carried out in early Spring before growth commences for evergreen varieties such as Gail’s Favourite.