Magnolia flowers: how and where to grow them
Magnolia flowers stand out immediately for their typical pink color. The shrubby flower magnolias belong to the varieties Magnolia stellata and Magnolia soulangeana, and they originate corollas whose shades and shades go from pure white to purple violet, with tulip, cup or star shapes. The particularity of the magnolia flowers Is that they are born before the leaves: but is it possible to grow them at home, in a simple vase on the terrace? The answer is yes, also thanks to the very slow growth that characterizes them. Start by buying a plant that is not young or too small: magnolia, in fact, begins to give birth to its fantastic blooms after several years, so if you don't want to wait too long, it is advisable to buy a plant that is already in bloom. We must pay the utmost attention to the position in which the plant is placed: taking into account the early flowering, in fact, it is not uncommon for spring frosts to occur. In short, there is a risk that the velvety buds will be ruined: in order to avoid a similar event, it is necessary to avoid putting the magnolia in a position that is too sunny in the morning, so that on the growing buds there will not be too high temperature fluctuations . Alternatively, you can opt for a variety characterized by late flowering: you can get advice from a professional in the field.
What kind of terrain to use
As for the cultivation of magnolia flowers, the shrub does not show any particular needs from the soil point of view: it adapts without too many problems to a mixture of manure, soil for acidophilic, peat and universal soil. In short, elements easily found in any garden. The magnolia must be planted in a vase whose diameter exceeds fifty centimeters, adding soil until it reaches the same height as the soil of the original container. On the bottom, a thin layer of expanded clay in balls should be placed. In the course of growth, every year it is necessary to use fertilizer for flowering plants, possibly in autumn, while chelated iron is useful to avoid excesses of limestone. Very cold winters must not be fearful, in the sense that magnolia, losing its leaves, prevents snow from settling. Magnolia is grown for the most part as an outdoor plant. THE magnolia flowers they are characterized by large dimensions and solitary development: in many varieties they have a cup shape, while the corolla and calyx set is made up of petals, minimum six and maximum nine, which do not differ from the sepals. Note the lamellar shape of the stamens, which are also present in considerable quantities, while the flowering period changes according to the species: in any case it is located between the months of March and August.
Different varieties of magnolia
Among the most widespread varieties of magnolia is Macrophylla, whose flowers have a cream color and important dimensions (but the leaves are even larger); equally appreciated is the Magnolia Tripetala, which is not very different from the Macrophylla: its flowers, however, despite the white color and the imposing size are characterized by an unpleasant smell. The Magnolia Grandflora, on the other hand, is the most known species, the variety that is frequently found in gardens and parks: it can reach a height of ten meters, has large white flowers and a decidedly intense fragrance. Similar to tulips, however, are the flowers of Magnolia Obovata, which are pink. Not everyone knows that, beyond the aesthetic aspect, magnolia flowers can make an important contribution to well-being: in fact, they extract an oil useful to those who suffer from circulatory problems: an oil with a rather sweet aroma that is able to regulate the heartbeat, lower the pressure and give a pleasant feeling of calm. Not to be underestimated, on the other hand, are also the uses in the cosmetic field of magnolia flowers: the oil derived from them, in fact, is recommended to those who have to deal with dehydrated and dry skin. The epidermis will reveal itself softer and more elastic.
Magnolia flowers: Magnolia flowers in the kitchen
Finally, it is worth remembering that magnolia flowers can also be used in the culinary field: in fact, they are eaten fried in batter, as if they were normal pumpkin flowers. To taste them, it is sufficient to prepare a batter with a glass of beer, two or three tablespoons of sparkling water, an egg and a hundred grams of flour. In this compound the flowers must be placed, naturally washed and dried before: flowers that are then immersed in boiling oil for a few seconds. The time that the batter creates a crust and voilà, the magnolia flowers are ready to be enjoyed: salted or sweetened? This depends on your tastes.