Transplanting A Fruit Tree

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Last year, this sapling appeared behind our garage from out of nowhere. Despite being choked with ivy and a complete lack of light, the little tree grew up strong and turned out to be a nectarine tree. In its first year of life, it produced 25 nectarines.
The problem was that the tree was in such a bad location it was going to extreme length to get sunlight, including growing into my neighbor’s yard. Since we were planning to put in another fruit tree anyway, we decided to move the nectarine to our front yard.
To transplant a fruit tree, wait until the tree goes dormant, i.e. loses all its leaves. That way it is essentially asleep when you move it and less likely to be shocked. We almost waited too long here–this tree just lost its leaves and already it is starting to bud again. Ideally you should move a tree on an overcast day, but because this was likely the last weekend before we saw blossoms, we had to do it yesterday in unseasonably warm weather.
First, I soaked the tree with a lot of water to make sure it had as much moisture as it could hold before the move. Then we dug a hole.
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We put the dirt on a tarp because it’s much easier to control that way, plus it won’t kill the grass. We soaked the hole with plenty of water.
Next, we dug up the nectarine, trying to keep as much of the roots as possible. Unfortunately, we had to cut the roots a bit to fit in the hole, so there’s a chance the plant might die. However, when putting the tree in, we added some fertilizer-rich potting soil and vitamin B1, which is good for roots. We packed dirt around the tree, added mulch, and gave the tree a good long water. Finally, my husband put two stakes in the ground and connected them to the tree with gardening tape to give it extra support while it re-establishes itself.
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Now, we wait. Given what a survivor this tree is, I am hoping it will take to its new location. After all, this is the first time in its life it has had full sunlight or proper fertilizer. This morning, I looked outside and saw a robin perching in its branches. I took that as a good omen.

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2 thoughts on “Transplanting A Fruit Tree”

  1. Just wondering how your nectarine tree fared after the big move. I am going to be moving two fruit trees this fall/winter, so I’m getting all “read” up on the matter.
    Thanks,
    Angela

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  2. Angela, it’s doing good now. The first year it had some shock from the move, mostly because it lost a lot of roots, but it recovered and even produced a couple of nectarines by the end of the season. This year it is looking healthy and I’m expecting to see a lot of fruit. At least, I hope so.
    Good luck with your move!

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