How to Replant Fruit Trees

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Sometimes it is necessary to uproot our beloved fruit trees and replant them in a different location. Replanting a fruit tree is a delicate operation. Leaving the tree's roots exposed to air could cause shock to your tree and may ultimately kill the tree. Even though digging up fruit trees should always be a last resort, if the necessary precautions are taken your fruit tree will thrive in its new location.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or spade
  • Plastic
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Replant your fruit trees in early spring. This is the best time, when there is no threat of frost. Frost can damage your fruit tree's roots. Replanting in the spring will allow the tree time to settle into its new home before winter sets in.

  • Dig the new hole before you uproot your tree. This will reduce the trauma that the tree may suffer from its roots being out of the ground. Dig the hole twice as big as the tree's root ball.

  • Find the right location to replant your tree. Take in consideration the type of fruit tree that you are replanting and its specific needs. Choose a sunny location that does not get a lot of wind. Make sure to keep trees about 15 feet apart from one another. This will maximize sunlight.

  • Dig at least 12 inches from the base of your tree using a spade or shovel. Be sure to dig a large enough hole to remove as much of the tree's root ball as possible.

  • Wrap the root ball in plastic to protect it during transportation. Once your tree has been dug up, completely wrap the root ball in plastic and carefully move it to its new location. Depending on the size of the tree, you may need to place it in the bed of a truck or a wheelbarrow.

  • Replant the tree. Be sure to replant the tree as soon as it has been dug up and moved to its new home. It is important not to leave the roots exposed too long to the air. Leaving the roots exposed for too long will cause them to dry out.

  • Once your tree has been replanted, water thoroughly making sure that the water has soaked down into the soil and to the roots. Add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree.

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