Don’s Expert Answers: Pruning a magnolia

Question From:
Amanda Phillips in Carrick, Carrick Tasmania

Nature of problem:
Pruning a magnolia

Type of Plant (if known):
Teddy bear magnolia

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Wind broke branches from middle

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
Every 2nd day in summer, less often depending on season and rainfall

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
In full sun

How long since you planted it:
6 years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Dynamic lifter, probably every 6 to 8 months

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
Ground as specimen, surrounded by peonies

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
Wind broke middle branches on one side. The tree is almost 3 metres, but now a terrible shape, otherwise healthy.
Can we prune tye outside branches to better shape it again so it is not lopsided

Hi Amanda, Prune it savagely right away to restore its balanced shape, then water it twice a week during the warm months. Do not give it much fertiliser as this would create soft brittle growth. Good luck,