My experience with Magnolias is that they don't do well in climates that are very cold, or stay cold. I had one in Georgia, we got cold one year with snow that lasted several weeks, it died. I am not an expert, and I don't know Castle Rock, but if it's like most of Colorado that I know, it gets very cold! The plant is cheap enough to give it a try, I suppose, but I would expect problems in a cold climate.
You can for a few years. But this will grow into a full size tree.
As a recent customer, I certainly think so. I ordered a number of plants online, including two little Gem Magnolia trees. One arrived totally devastated, with broken limbs and fallen leaves. The other one had lost a few leaves but was otherwise fine. I took the first one to a local Home Depot and they cheerfully refunded my money, which I used to buy another magnolia. Both were planted almost two months ago and are looking great!
Yes! I ordered two of them and one arrived in poor condition, although the other one seemed only a little damaged in shipping. I took the first one back to the store...no questions asked, they refunded that amount off my purchase receipt. I used that money to buy another one on site. Both trees have been planted for about 6 weeks now and appear to be doing great!
Have you checked to make sure your soil is an acidic type? Depending on where you live it can be alkaline (basic), neutral, or acidic. Magnolias love acidic soil because their fine root system (e.g., rhodedendrons, azaleas, Gardenias, etc.) requires it to more easily access the nutrients in the soil. So I would suggest purchasing a soil pH test and/or a soil acidifier fertilizer. Home Depot offers them online. Hope this helps. Best of luck.
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