Plant Care Chinese magnolia

Chinese magnolia

About Chinese magnolia

Chinese magnolia is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chinese magnolia likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Chinese magnolia belongs to the Magnolia genus, and is native to not naturally occurring.


Magnolia x soulangeana

Also known as

Saucer magnolia

How to care for Chinese magnolia


How often to water your Chinese magnolia

Water needs for Chinese magnolia
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese magnolia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese magnolia

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese magnolia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese magnolia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese magnolia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese magnolia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese magnolia in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese magnolia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese magnolia: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese magnolia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese magnolia is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese magnolia

Chinese magnolia

Chinese magnolia

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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