A native to places around the globe, magnolia trees are one of the most spectacular. Grouped in a large genus of over 210 species, magnolia trees can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen plants, making it possible for them to successfully grow in many locations. Their waxy foliage draws attention to their colorful blooms that range in size from 3-12 inches in diameter. Taking cuttings from a magnolia tree to spread its beauty around your yard can be a challenging but rewarding task.
Use pruning shears to remove semi-soft shoots during the summer season. The cuttings should be approximately 4 to 6 inches in length. Take cuttings from young magnolia plants for best results.
Fill medium-sized pot(s) with a potting composition such as vermiculite. Use a pencil to create small holes into the vermiculite. The holes should be large enough to insert the cuttings easily. You can purchase vermiculite at your local garden specialty store.
Dip the end of the cutting into a hormone rooting gel, which will provide proper nutrients for the clipping, allowing it to root easily. You can purchase hormone rooting gel at your local garden specialty store.
Insert the cuttings that have been dipped into the hormone rooting gel into the holes in the vermiculite.
Cover the pot(s) that contain the planted cuttings with a plastic shopping bag or place the pots in a greenhouse. The cuttings will need a warm, dry climate to root properly. The clippings should take root in 8 to 12 weeks, but can take much longer.
Plant the clippings, once rooted, in a nursery bed or a large pot in a greenhouse until the following spring. Then plant the small magnolia trees into your lawn or garden in an area that receives full sun and plenty of moisture.