How to Transplant Peach Trees


Get your home orchard off to a good start by transplanting a young peach tree. Purchase peach saplings in containers or bare-root trees from a local nursery in late winter, once frost danger has passed for your area. Transplant trees on an overcast and warm (but not hot) day, so the trees don't become stressed by too much sun.

Step 1

Remove the grass within a 3-foot ring of where you plan to put the tree. You'll mulch over this area later. Cut the edge of the sod with a spade, then pull it up. Discard in a compost pile or garbage bin.

Step 2

Dig a hole with a shovel that's two to three times as wide as the peach tree's root ball and just as deep as the root ball. Remove all weeds, seeds, sticks and rocks from this site so your peach roots won't have competition.

Step 3

Grasp the container peach tree at its base and pull the tree out of the container. It should come free. Break apart the root ball by squeezing it with your fingers. Unwind and untangle the roots so they all point downward. Tangled roots can choke a young tree. If you're transplanting a bare-root tree, unpack the tree and remove any packing materials or twine. Set the tree in a bucket of water three to six hours before you plan to plant it.

Step 4

Place the container peach or bare-root peach sapling in the hole. Spread its roots out against the soil with your fingers. Make sure the tree is vertically straight and standing at the same depth as it was in the container, or that the graft site remains a couple inches above the ground level.

Step 5

Fill the hole with soil without compressing it. Construct a water basin around the tree by raising up the soil on the sides of your 3-foot circle of dirt. Water the transplanted tree until the soil compresses naturally around the tree and the soil basin is full of water. The water will seep into the soil naturally.

Step 6

Layer mulch or pine straw over the soil once all the water has seeped in.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch or pine straw


  • University of California Davis: The Home Orchard--Preparation & Planting
  • Arbor Day: How to Plant a Bare-Root Tree
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