We are aren't big on gardening in our family, but the winds of change are coming. Maybe 3 years ago we bought a huge blue pot for $25, largely because they usually cost $100 and we love a bargain. About 2 years later, we bought a little magnolia and planted it in said pot. Then did nothing. The plant has proved to be very hardy and survived with the odd watering and rainfall, but didn't grow any flowers. Until now. About a month ago I got all green thumbed, and bought some osmocote and dug it into the soil in the pot and voila!