How to Move a Peach Tree


The ideal time to move a peach tree (Prunus persica) is after it has reached dormancy in the early part of December. This will ensure that its root system has time to become well established before spring, when new growth takes place. A peach tree will become dormant in the fall season and in the process lose its leaves. This should serve as an indicator that it is safe to transplant the peach tree.

Step 1

Clear the transplanting site of grass and other debris such as rocks and sticks. Test the soil with a soil testing kit or take a sample to a county extension office. Ideally, the soil should have a pH level of 6.5. Add any nutrients to the soil as suggested by the results of the test.

Step 2

Break up the soil, using a hoe, to a size of at least 10 feet by 10 feet to loosen it in preparation for the tree. Dig the hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the entire root system comfortably.

Step 3

Dig up the peach tree up from its original location, starting at least 3-feet out from the base of the trunk. Work around the tree, digging deep enough to encompass as much of the root system as possible. Do not to damage the roots. Carefully lift the tree out of the hole and transport it to the new hole.

Step 4

Move the peach tree to a location that receives full sunshine and has good drainage. Be sure to plant the tree within 24-hours of removing it from it's original home.

Step 5

Place the peach tree into the new hole. Add the soil around the roots, making sure to bury it at least as deep as it was in its previous location. Firm the soil with the back of a shovel or by carefully patting it down with your feet. The soil around the tree should be level with the surrounding earth.

Step 6

Add enough water to the tree area to soak the soil without creating standing water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Depending on the size of the peach tree, an additional person may be needed to help you carry and brace the tree. Do not fertilize the peach tree until March.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Soil test kit
  • Lime
  • Burlap


  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Peaches and Nectarines

Who Can Help

  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Pruning Peaches and Nectarines
  • The Nursery at TyTy: Peach Trees
Keywords: transplanting peach trees, moving peach trees, fruit tree relocation

About this Author

Yvonne Ward began her professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of "Pickin' Cotton Sure Is Hard Work" in the book "Golden Short Stories Volume 1" for the Dahlonega Book Festival. She has since written a true crime book published in 2010, with contracts for two more. Ward is pursuing a Master of Arts in history and culture from Union Institute and University.