The Q&A Archives: Relocating or transplanting Persimmon tree

Question: I have a five year old persimmon that has not done very well in the present location, no fruits and and has few leaves ; also the leaves were infected with rust. I plan to relocate or transplant it to a sunny location. When is the best time to do it..and what is the remedy for the reddish round spots on the leaves..I lived north of Tampa, Florida..Thanks !

Answer: Lola,

November is the best time to make such a move. That tree won't like being dug and transplanted so get as much of the roots as is practical slide a tarp under it and drag it to the new location. Reset at the same growing depth, water in well, and maintain moist soil but don't keep too wet. The spots on the foliage are usually not a big problem but may be sprayed with a fungicide labeled for fruit trees periodically through spring and summer if you choose. Ask someone at your local home depot for a fungicide labeled for use on fruit trees. I personally would not spray them but just provide good care as the leaf spots are not likely to be a big threat to the tree.

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