The Q&A Archives: Transplanting

Question: I have a California Pepper Tree that is about 6 feet tall. I would like to transplant it to another part of the yard. It may be a start from a remaining root of a pepper tree that was cut down. What steps or process would I use, to give it the best possible chance of re-establinshing itself?

Answer: Pepper trees are relatively easy to grow and yours shouldn't mind being transplanted during the cool spring or autumn weather. Dig the new hole first, so the roots are exposed to drying air and sunshine for the least possible amount of time. Then dig a generous hole around your tree and try to keep the rootmass intact as much as possible when lifting the tree from its former home. You'll lose some roots during the process, but try not to cut through too many. After you've replanted, water well. Regular weekly waterings should help your tree make the transition with as little stress as possible.

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