How to Transplant a Bing Cherry Tree


Bing cherry trees are a very common cherry tree---one of the most common, actually. Give the tree well-drained soil and full sun and it will flourish. The cherries from the Bing cherry tree are good for cooking, buy also can be eaten right off the tree. With bright green foliage and bright red fruit, the tree provides an excellent contrast in your garden. It is best to transplant trees in the spring or summer so they can get used to the soil conditions before winter.

Step 1

Identify the Bing cherry tree you want to transplant. The smaller the tree, the easier it is to transplant. Don't transplant small seedlings though, as they have a lower success rate. Trees 6 inches to 2 feet tall yield the best success rates.

Step 2

Fill a bucket full of water. Tree roots are very sensitive to drying out and need to be kept moist at all times.

Step 3

Dig around the tree with a shovel. Try to get as much as the root ball as possible. Trees generally spread out as wide and as deep below ground as they are above ground. So if a tree is 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide, the roots will go down into the ground 2 feet and encompass a foot around the trunk.

Step 4

Lift the Bing cherry tree out of the ground and place the root ball in the bucket of water to keep the roots wet.

Step 5

Dig a new hole where you want to transplant the tree to. Make it wide and deep enough to fit the entire new root ball in. Add a little manure or compost at the bottom of the hole as fertilizer for the tree.

Step 6

Pour some water into the hole before planting the Bing cherry tree. This will help keep moisture available to the newly planted roots and also diminish the chance of air pockets when you add the soil back in.

Step 7

Put the tree in the hole and fill the soil back in around the roots. Make sure you tamp it down with your shovel to remove the chance of any air pockets staying around the root ball. Air pockets will kill the roots and lessen the chance of the tree's survival.

Step 8

Water the Bing cherry tree thoroughly after planting. You'll want to give it a good soaking so that the roots and soil are nice and moist. Keep watering your tree all summer and through early fall with approximately 5 gallons of water every few days. Smaller trees will use a few gallons less.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Manure or compost


  • Gardener's Network: How to Grow Cherry Fruit Trees
  • University of Georgia: Cherries
  • Creative Homemaking: How to Transplant Trees

Who Can Help

  • About Cherry Trees: Bing Cherry Trees
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