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Jun 3, 2016 6:58 PM CST
I have a rubber tree that is been my family for over 100 years I live in North East, Florida at the beach.
The tree burst through the holes in the 65 gallon container, and plant itself in the ground.
the tree has grown above the roofline in the past few years. we have moved to a new home on the beach and I would like to bring the tree with me.
how should I go about transplanting it and when is the best time To do this?
Name: Gene Staver
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Jun 3, 2016 7:01 PM CST
Myself, this sounds so special and large that I'd hire a contractor to do it for me. Gene
Name: Porkpal
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Jun 3, 2016 7:36 PM CST
It might be more practical to root some cuttings and take along a clone rather than risk the life of the original.
Name: Sue
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Jun 4, 2016 6:10 AM CST
Welcome! Priceless. I agree with Porkpal. I would propagate the tree and take a piece or two of it and leave the original where it is. That's unless you know for sure the original is going to be cut down or something. Even then it would be more practical to propagate it and take smaller pieces. Moving large trees can be expensive and they don't always survive.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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Jun 4, 2016 6:34 AM CST
A landscape architect's experience, along with heavy equipment would be necessary in my opinion @Priceless. Even then, you'll have to cut that huge plant back when transplanting. I sure would root some of those (large) cuttings. Rubber trees are easy to root.

Good luck.
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