Re: [gardeners] Re: This weekend

Casella (
Sat, 7 Mar 1998 16:14:37 -0500 (EST)

Sounds like you may have hit the nail on the head. I haven't really
fed my tree in ages; it probably just gets its goodies from the 
fertilizer I apply to the lawn.  The soil may also need aerating.
I'll check my local nursery for a good tree food and proper time
to aerate and feed.  Thanks a lot - look foward to its blooms and 
smell.  Spring can't be too far away for us.

Long Island George 

On Sat, 7 Mar 1998, Margaret Lauterbach wrote:

> >>.....
> >>Magnolia souleiana (can't spell)
> >
> >Sounds like a great  Spring so far with everything blooming.  Read that
> your Magnolia is
> >in bloom and thought you may be familiar with a problem I'm having with my
> Magnolia
> >tree, which I believe is a Star Magnolia.  For the last 3 years , after
> it has bloomed and the
> >leaves have started to grow, the leaves start becoming wrinkled and seem
> dry.  They
> >remain green all season and don't fall off til the fall.  The tree must be
> at least 25-30 feet
> >tall and seems very healthy. The owner of a local nursery tought it may be
> a fungus caused
> >by the leaves starteing to grow before the flower petals have completely
> fallen off.  He
> >couldn't offer  a treatment.  Will try our county cooperative extension
> again(didn't get a
> >reply last year).  As an aside, a smaller tree(~3feet) that I started from
> seed doesn't have
> >this problem, but it hasn't bloomed yet.  Wondering if my tree misses the
> south and just
> >doesn't like these northern winters.  Good luck with your garden  this year.
> >
> >Long Island George - Zone 7 
> >
> Is your tree getting enough water?  Are the nutrients in the soil okay, or
> have they been depleted?  This is supposed to be a trouble-free tree,
> according to Dirr.  It should be all right in zone 7, according to
> ForestFarm, whose catalog has three different magnolia stellatas, two hardy
> to zone 5 and one to zone 6.  Margaret