The Q&A Archives: How to transplant a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

Question: How to transplant a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

Answer: If your tree is newly planted and not too big, you may be able to transplant it successfully. If it has been in the ground for quite some time, you may not be able to dig enough of the roots without professional equipment such as a tree spade. If it is a big tree you should probably call a professional arborist or tree mover to do the job. Or, consider planting a new tree in the new location. I would try it in late fall or very early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. You will need to dig up as much of the root ball as possible and replant immediately into a prepared hole. This tree has an aggressive root system so the more you can take, the better. A rootball plus the soil clinging to it is very heavy so you may need help to drag it or load it into a wheelbarrow to the new location. Water it well the day before you dig it up. Water it well after replanting to settle the soil around the roots and eliminate air pockets. Then mulch with several inches of organic mulch over the root area but do not allow it to touch the trunk. Water as needed to supplement rain to keep the soil slightly moist all next summer into fall. Good luck with the move!

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