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.

Taxonomy

Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia
Magnoliaceae
Magnoliales

Also known as

Saucer magnolia

How to care for Chinese magnolia

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Chinese magnolia →

Common Chinese magnolia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Chinese magnolia prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chinese magnolia Water Frequency →

Chinese magnolia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese magnolia requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese magnolia Light Requirements →

Chinese magnolia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Chinese magnolia does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Chinese magnolia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese magnolia →


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese magnolia grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese magnolia will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Chinese magnolia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese magnolia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese magnolia Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chinese magnolia

Chinese magnolia

Chinese magnolia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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