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How to Move Fruit Trees

By Ann White ; Updated September 21, 2017

A great deal of work and time goes into growing fruit trees. They are carefully planted, water, fertilized and pruned year after year to become the perfect shape and produce amazing fruit. Today, people move homes more than ever before, and many feel as though all that can be done is to leave the old fruit trees on their property start over with new fruit trees at their new home. But thankfully, this need not be the case--fruit trees are very hardy and take well to being moved, when it's done properly.

Test the soil at the new location and the old location with a soil test kit. If the pH is more than one point off, then the soils are not similar enough, and the transplant may not take.

Water the tree two days prior to moving it using a deep watering technique of filling its well multiple times and allowing the water to completely soak into the ground between filling.

Mark one side of the trunk with the direction it was facing, to ensure it is replanted in the same direction.

Use a sharp spade to mark out the soil ball. The soil ball should be created roughly two feet from the tree in all directions.

Wrap the lower foliage with wrapping material to prevent injury to the tree and reduce scrapes while transporting.

Dig up the tree's root ball and place the whole tree on a flat piece of cardboard. Gently place the tree in the truck for moving, and begin transport immediately.

Dig the new hole at the location and gently place the tree into the hole. Verify that the tree is being placed in the same direction as it was facing before.

Fill in the hole with half mulch and half soil and fertilize with a vitamin B starter fertilizer.

Water the tree and allow it to rest. Water daily for the first two weeks as the new roots establish themselves, then reduce watering slowly to twice a week.


Things You Will Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Foliage wrapping material
  • Flat piece of cardboard
  • Mulch
  • Vitamin B starter fertilizer

About the Author


Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.