How To: Start a Southern Magnolia from Seed

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Gen. 1:31

When we moved to our new farm, there was a beautiful evergreen Southern Magnolia tree in our new front yard. We liked it so much (and so did our goats; they love to eat it’s leaves, which are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants!) that the little ones decided to try and grow a few more. Below is a post written by one of them, on how they went about getting their new ones to grow, from the seed of our tree.

To get started, in the fall, you will see little red seeds in seed pods, like the one in the center picture above. Collect the biggest ones when they start to fall out of the pods. Let your seeds dry for a few weeks.

When your seeds have dried, get your pot(s) that you want to plant in.

Fill your pot(s) half way full of dirt, and the other half with manure until it is pretty much full.

Put your seeds into the dirt/manure about 2” deep. If you plan to plant more than one, you can plant them in the same pot in the beginning about 2” apart. Once you have planted them, water them lightly.

Continue to water once daily. Find the balance of keeping them moist; not too wet and not too dry. You don’t want it muddy, you want it damp. If it is too dry, the dirt will be cracked and crumbly. If you get your soil too wet, you will rot out your seeds before they can start to grow.

In about 3 weeks, your plants will start to sprout. Keep up with the watering, and once they are about 8” tall, transplant them into their own individual pots. Let them get between 1-2′ before planting them into your yard.

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Is. 55:12-13