The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Fruit Trees

Question: Can you relocate fruit trees (plum and cherry)? When and how? We just purchased a house with a small yard and seven fruit trees. I would hate to just cut the down.

Answer: Fruit trees can be transplanted, and fall or spring are the best times to move them because cooler air temperatures and natural rainfall will help them adjust to their new homes. Dig a hole a little larger than the root mass of the tree, place a mound of soil at the bottom of the hole so you can lay the roots out in a natural way, then backfill the hole with native soil, making sure the tree is at the same level it was originally growing. Then water well. Before you move all of your fruit trees, try to find out what kinds they are. Many trees are grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks and their mature height may be less than ten feet. If this is the case, there may be room for them in your yard after all.

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