How to Move and Transplant Fruit Trees in Planters


Home-grown fruit trees may yield fruit after several years of maturity. Most are used for ornamental purposes. The fragrant blooms and beautiful flowers add a focal point to almost any yard. One of the easiest ways to grow fruit trees is to start them in containers. Later, gardeners can move and transplant fruit trees in containers to a permanent outdoor location. If you follow careful gardening techniques, there is the potential for success with the move and transplant.

Step 1

Decide where you want to move the trees to. Make certain there is plenty of growing room and natural light. Fruit trees should be placed in a growing area the same diameter as their height. For example: Fruit trees with a mature height of 15 feet need 15 feet diameter growth area.

Step 2

Measure the height and diameter of the fruit tree containers. Place each container in the location chosen in the initial step.

Step 3

Dig a hole using a post-hole digger. Finish digging the hole with a shovel. Dig the hole to be two times the size of the potting containers.

Step 4

Mix 1 part organic potting soil, 1 part sand and 2 parts peat together. Fill the bottom quarter of the hole with the mixture. Spray the hole with water for one minute. Allow the mixture to settle and repeat until a quarter of the hole is filled. Repeat with each hole.

Step 5

Remove each fruit tree from its container. Set the trees next to their holes.

Step 6

Place the first fruit tree into the hole with the root ball touching the filled-in mixture. Back fill until the root ball is covered with the soil mixture. Wet the hole and root ball with water. Repeat with each of the fruit trees. Wait five minutes for the mixture to settle. Repeat back filling like this until the root ball and the bottom quarter of the fruit tree's trunk is covered.

Step 7

Trim off the lower one-fourth branches away from the bottom of the fruit tree trunk with sterile pruning shears. Prune any overlapping main branches.

Step 8

Cover the base of the fruit tree with 4 inches of organic mulch, not allowing it to touch the trunk. Do this all the way out to the drip line of the tree.

Tips and Warnings

  • Early frost can kill newly moved and transplanted fruit trees. Cover trees if frost sets in early to minimize damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fruit tree in container
  • Post-hole digger
  • Shovel
  • Organic potting soil
  • Peat
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Sterile pruning shears
  • Organic mulch
  • Tree guards


  • "The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook"; Penelope O'Sullivan; 2007
Keywords: move fruit trees, transplant fruit trees, fruit tree planters

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Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.