How to Replant Apple Trees


Apple trees provide shade, fruit and a focal point for landscapes. Planting two varieties of apple trees increases the fruit-yield chances, according to an article by Michael L. Parker, an extension horticulturist specialist at North Carolina State University. Replant apple trees that are several feet tall and at least a year old in the early spring.

Step 1

Select a sunny location to replant apple trees. Make certain the area is clear from power lines, taller trees and rooftops.

Step 2

Measure the height and width of the potting container or the root ball of each apple tree.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is three times the height and width of the root ball for each tree.

Step 4

Use a hand-rake to loosen the walls of the hole. Insert the tines of the rake into the dirt walls approximately 1/2 inch. Drag the rake up and down then side to side on the walls of the hole. Repeat with each hole.

Step 5

Fill the bottom 2 inches of the hole with loose dirt. Repeat with each hole.

Step 6

Stand the apple tree in the hole. Locate the scion joint near the base of the apple tree above the root ball. It will appear as a small knot with a possible small shoot emerging from it. Hold the apple tree where the scion is 2 inches above the soil line.

Step 7

Fill the hole with dirt around the apple tree. Lightly tap the dirt removing air pockets with your foot while filling. Fill hole until level with the soil line. Repeat the previous step and this step with each apple tree.

Step 8

Water each tree with 2 inches of water. Allow the water to absorb into the ground. Fill hole with more dirt if it is uneven with the soil line.

Step 9

Apply a 1-inch organic mulch layer around the base of the apple tree, avoiding contact with the tree's trunk. Repeat with each tree.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never add fertilizer when replanting apple trees.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple tree seedling
  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Hand-rake
  • Water
  • Organic mulch


  • North Carolina State University: Growing Apple Trees in the Home Garden
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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.