Zone 5 is one of the most beautiful zones in Florida. There are many types of trees and shrubs growing here. Some of them have pretty flowers and other beauties like fruit or nuts. You can grow some kinds of plants such as: apple, pear, cherry, peach, plum, apricot, walnut etc.
But what if you want to plant something else? What if you don’t like those kind of plants? How do you choose which type to plant?
Here are some tips on how to grow magnolias in zone 5.
1) Choose a location with good drainage.
2) Plant your magnolia at least six feet away from any house, fence or wall.
If there is no place where it will not get damaged, then you need to plant closer to the ground. Soil is very hard and may cause damage to your tree.
3) Do not over water.
Watering too much can make your magnolia tree die. Too little and it may rot or even become stunted.
4) Avoid using pesticides.
They could harm your magnolia tree.
5) When watering, use only when necessary and let the soil dry out before watering again.
This way you will avoid excessive watering and keep your tree healthy and strong.
6) Always choose a tree that has been bred for hardiness in your area.
7) Try to find a spot where the tree will get some protection from wind and cold.
This is very important in zone 5.
8) If you have the money or desire, you can hire someone to take care of your tree.
There are lots of places that sell magnolias and they may know how to take care of it.
When taking care of your magnolia tree, it is best to be as natural as possible. This means no harsh chemicals or very little of them.
These will only cause damage to your tree and may harm the environment too. You also want to try and feed your tree with as many organic materials as possible. A good mixture would be crab shells, cotton seed meal and bone meal. This should be done about once a month unless otherwise needed.
If you have a garden center in your area or even a big box store, they should be able to help you pick out the right tree for your area. They should also have the things you need to take care of it while it’s young.
When you plant a magnolia tree, you are planting something that will grow and thrive for many years. A magnolia can grow up to fifteen feet tall, but generally they stay smaller.
This is a very beautiful addition to any yard or home and will brighten up the area. No matter what type of magnolia you get, you can rest assured that it will thrive if you take care of it properly and choose the right place for it to grow.
Your best option is to look up some local nurseries in your area and see if they have any trees that are good for zone 5 gardens. If you call them up, they should be able to help you find what you are looking for.
This way you can pick out the exact type of tree you want and have it planted exactly where you want it.
If you are growing your magnolia from a sapling, then your choices will be limited to only those that grow from seed. These trees are generally easy to grow and don’t require much in the way of upkeep.
Look for a nursery that carries trees specifically for growing in pots.
Black Hills spruce is a very popular magnolia to plant. It grows about three feet a year and can get up to thirty feet tall.
It has dark green needles and grows wide and full. This is a very popular choice for people who like magnolias.
If you live in an area with heavier soil, try the eastern red cedar or the loblolly pine. They are both very hardy trees that can survive even the harshest of conditions.
These are just a few suggestions of what you might want to plant. As you can see, there are many different kinds of these trees that can be grown.
This list is by no means all-encompassing; it is meant to give you an idea of some of the trees that will work for your area.
Black Hills spruce: Good for zones 3-
9. This tree can get up to twenty feet tall and fifteen feet wide.
It grows very well in acidic soil. These trees do best in a full sun location.
They have dark green needles and grow very full and wide.
This is a very popular tree for people who like smaller ones because it grows 3 feet per year and can eventually be as large as 20 feet. The Eastern Red Cedar grows 3-4 feet per year and can reach 40-70 feet tall.
It prefers wet soil and can even grow in standing water.
The loblolly pine is a beautiful tree that can reach 30-40 feet. It has a very full look and grows 3-4 feet per year.
This tree does best in wet sandy soil and can survive in either full sun or partial shade locations.
With the trees listed above, you should have no problem finding the right one for you. These trees are very easy to grow and will thrive as long as you take the time to water them during their first year or so.
After that, they should be able to thrive on their own, although a yearly watering never hurts.
If you haven’t planted a tree in a while, then grab a shovel and get to digging in your backyard!
Happy Tree Planting!
Sources & references used in this article:
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Fertilizer rate and type impacts magnolia and oak growth in sandy landscape soil by EF Gilman, TH Yeager, D Kent – Journal of Arboriculture, 2000 – hort.ufl.edu
Equations for predicting diameter, height, crown width, and leaf area of San Joaquin Valley street trees by PJ Peper, EG McPherson, SM Mori – journal of Arboriculture, 2001 – cpp.edu
Magnolia fraseri by RE Weaver – Arnoldia, 1981 – JSTOR
Late Pleistocene/Holocene climatic and vegetational history of the Brazilian caatinga: the fossil dunes of the middle São Francisco River by PE De Oliveira, AMF Barreto, K Suguio – Palaeogeography …, 1999 – Elsevier