Transplanting... - Knowledgebase Question

York, So
Question by WRIGHTJ
November 23, 2010
...during the early summer month of June, I threw out some peach pits close to a building for the birds/squirrels/ rabbits/deer to enjoy; low and behold a souple of the pits sprouted and I now have about a3' tall peach tree that has grown...can this tree be transplanted during this time of year and what are some suggestions for transplanting; do I need to prune any of the branches/limbs???


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Answer from NGA
November 23, 2010

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What fun to have a volunteer tree sprout up! You can dig the tree up and transplant it this winter when it is dormant. The only caution - your tree will produce fruit but it may be a slightly different variety than the parent plant. Who knows - you may end up with a brand new variety.

When you dig the tree, expect the roots to venture out as far as the tips of the longest branches. Dig carefully so as not to damage too many of the roots. The more intact the root mass, the less transplant shock your tree will suffer. The roots will be within the top 12 inches of soil and directly beneath the canopy. When you replant, make sure you set it at the exact soil level as it is growing now. Water it in well and then prune out any crossing or rubbing branches. It's not necessary to shorten any branches at this point, unless they are overly long and hamper your transplanting efforts. If you move the tree this winter you should see new growth next spring. Best wishes with your peach tree.

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