Recently we had some work done on the outside of our home. In the process a large branch was broken off our saucer magnolia. As an experiment I brought the magnolia branch inside and cut the branch into two groups of stems. One half I put into water and placed in a sunny window. The other half was put into dirt in a shady window of the home. Much to my delight the magnolia placed in the sunny window started to flower about a week later. No action on the other half of the magnolia yet but I will keep ya posted.