Can I move my magnolia now?
QI have a Magnolia stellata in a pot and I would like to put it into the garden. It is in flower (for the first time – I bought it two years ago), so when is the best time to plant it in the ground? Sandra Vardy, York
AThere is no reason why you should not transfer your potted Magnolia stellata to the garden this month. Choose a sunny, well-drained position.
Prepare a planting hole three times the size of the tree’s rootball and work a generous quantity of well-rotted garden compost or crumbly manure into the subsoil. Sprinkle it with fish, blood and bone meal, and then mix it in well, to speed growth.
Water the tree in its pot a day before moving to ensure that when you ease it from its container, the roots attached to the pot wall are not damaged.
Plant it at the same depth it was in its pot. If it is more than 6ft (1.8m) high, support it with two posts linked with a crossbar. Wrap old tights around the crossbar and tie the trunk to it. It’s vital that roots are not rocked and broken by gusty wind while it gets established.
You can move magnolias this month