The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Grapefruit Trees

Question: We have a grapefruit tree in a container. We would like to transplant it into the ground. When should we do this?

Answer: You can transplant trees and shrubs in the spring, autumn, or winter months, as long as the ground isn't frozen. Avoid transplanting in the hot summer months or you'll really stress your tree! Dig a generous hole, place a mound of soil on the bottom so you can drape the roots over in a natural fashion, spread the roots out a bit, fill in with soil you removed from the hole, and gently tamp down to remove air pockets. Then water well and be sure to supply about one inch of water per week to the newly transplanted tree. Mulch over the root area to help suppress weeds and help keep soil moisture from evaporating too quickly. That's all there is to it!

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