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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Orange Furball, Oct 27, 2012.
I need some fresh magnolias? I need some and can't seem to find them anywhere!
How much help could you possibly expect to find here?
Dunno, figured it was worth a shot
Well, good luck!
I've never heard anyone reference "fresh magnolias".
Magnolias are trees. They have sizable dark-green leathery leaves and big, fragrant, white flowers starting in the Spring and continuing throughout Summer. The flowers form seed-cones containing bright, cardinal-red seeds. The trees are a fixture of the South and common elsewhere. My mother used to float the flowers in a big bowl-- the flowers can easily exceed 18" in diameter. The smell is reminiscent of gardenias and really very lovely.
Could you have been thinking of something else?
If you were asking about the flowers, they're out of season now (at least in the Northern Hemisphere-- I have no idea if they're found in the Southern Hemisphere). The flowers are only good for a day or two after cutting.
I basically need to find a small tree so they live for a little while before cutting. I have asked some local flower shops and they said they could only import the leaves, and have never gotten the actual flowers in. I won't need them till spring or summer... hopefully I can fund them then
Ah, so you're looking for fresh magnolia flowers.
They're good for a day or two after cutting. Like gardenias, they turn brown after that. Still smell great though!
Not sure you'll have much luck with a florist but they're certainly worth an effort to find. Best to plant a tree so you have your own inexhaustible supply from Spring through Summer, but the trees may have to be a few years old before they bloom. They're sizable trees too-- 50 ft tall or more at maturity. They're great for shade since the leaves are very dense and opaque.
I see you're in Scranton. The winters there might not be compatible with them, unfortunately. They're common in the South and here in the Southwest, where the occasional freezing night is encountered but no worse.
They're magnificent... hope you find what you're looking for.
Check http://plantfinder.sunset.com for suggestions and insights-- it's oriented to the West but has a lot of information. Search for "Magnolia"-- 53 varieties!