How to Move a Fruit Tree


Transplanting a fruit tree can be a difficult task. If not done properly, the tree may die or at the very least, may stop producing fruit. Whether it is an ornamental tree or a fruit tree, taking care during the transplanting operation will ensure success.

Step 1

Prune the fruit tree to a manageable size for moving. Autumn is the optimum time to both prune and transplant your tree.

Step 2

Dig a circle 3 inches deep the circumference of the lower branches. Fill the moat with water to soften the roots.

Step 3

Dig out the tree with a shovel. Breaking some roots is unavoidable, and should be expected. Dig the rootball out and gently remove the tree. Shake the loose dirt from the roots, and prepare the planting hole for the fruit tree.

Step 4

Dig the planting hole twice the width and depth of the rootball, fill it with water and thoroughly soak the soil. Place the tree in the new hole and fill it with dirt.

Step 5

Place compost or mulch around the base of the tree and water thoroughly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the new planting location receives the same amount of sun as the old location for continued, healthy growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Shovel


  • ABC
  • Tree Services

Who Can Help

  • About Fruit Trees
Keywords: fruit tree, transplant, orchard transplant

About this Author

Nicoline Keavy has been writing for over 20 years. After Nicoline received her MBA at University of Washington, she has enjoyed a career of managing several online non profit organizations. Nicoline Keavy has been published in over 3000 publications over the last 20 years.