I have a magnolia 'Little Jem' that is about 4 years since I planted it in my backyard. It gets very good sunlight. However it is not flowering very well (see attached picture). I am in the San Francisco Bay Area. We had good rains so water is not the issue. Any suggestions as to what I should be doing?
that picture looks like a bloom that's gone over. Sorry lots of questions, What happens to the blooms? I'm presuming it's the small variety of the large grandiflora? Where in your garden is it planted? for example in the middle of a flower bed/border or against a wall or fence. It likes a reasonably well drained soil and should have gone into a large well prepared planting hole. If you have very heavy clay soil, could the root ball be restricted? Magnolia are prone to root girdling, with roots trimmed before planting into final space.