How to Transplant Baby Pecan Trees


Pecan trees are found in every part of the United States. Unlike most trees, pecan trees have a long center root, known as a taproot, that serves as the tree's primary source of soil nutrients. Optimal spacing for planting pecan trees is 60 to 80 feet apart. Plant your baby pecan tree in early spring to give it the best start for winter.

Step 1

Dig a hole 3 feet deep and 2 feet wide for the baby pecan tree.

Step 2

Place the tree in the hole, spreading out the roots as you set it inside.

Step 3

Begin to fill the hole with water. Once the hole is half full of water, begin replacing the dirt.

Step 4

Turn the water off as it reaches the top of the hole and continue adding the dirt. As the water level decreases, keep adding dirt until it is level with the ground. Do not compress the dirt.

Step 5

Prune off half of the tree's height after planting. Pruning gives the plant enough time and energy to invest in its roots.

Step 6

Paint the trunk of the tree with a mixture of half latex paint and half water using a paint brush.

Step 7

Spread out a 6-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree. Mulching aids in moisture retention.

Step 8

Water the tree, providing at least 10 gallons each week, at regular intervals.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Pruning sheers
  • White latex paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mulch: pine straw, leaves or old sawdust


  • The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Pecan Trees for the Home or Backyard Orchard
Keywords: planting pecans, transplanting pecans, pecan tree planting

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