The Q&A Archives: Transplanting orange trees

Question: I have two orange trees that were planted in odd places and I would like to move them. One is about 3 ft tall and the other is about 5-6 ft tall. Both a producing fruit. They would only be moved to a different part the yard. I live in San Bernardino County in Southern California.

Answer: Orange trees always seem to be in the process of flowering or developing fruit so it is difficult to know exactly when to dig and transplant so you don't upset the process and lose fruit. Now, when the weather is cool and rainfall most likely would be a good time to transplant your trees. Begin by digging the new holes so they're ready to receive the trees. Then water the trees well so digging is easy and the root mass stays together. When planting in their new homes, make sure the finished soil level is the same as it was in the old planting sites; water the trees in well after replanting and be sure to water deeply once each week to help the roots become established in their new homes. You may lose some flowers and fruit, but once the trees are well established they will produce lots of new flowers and fruit. Best wishes with your landscape!

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