27 thoughts on “The Correct Way to Transplant Fruit Trees

    Mark Alan

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Thank you for the Square transplant hole tip.  It's so logical, I can't believe it hasn't occurred to me before.  Also, if there are no leaves on my new tree, should it be pruned anyway to stimulate root growth?

    Michelle Hedgcock

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Dang! I'm so jealous of that soil. I have clay. While I did use a shovel and not a garden spade I didn't have a circle…the clay was difficult for me so it was very jagged. Guess I got lucky there! :)

    lunnuma

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    The key thing is to make sure that the hole that is dug is somewhat larger than the root ball, so that the soil immediately adjacent to the root ball won't be too firm to penetrate in the early months. Also, breaking up the outside parts of the root ball is more than enough to spur new root growth into adjacent soil, if the root ball is especially tight to begin with. I don't agree that a circular pit is somehow significantly worse than a square pit. The diameter of the pit would seem to be far more significant, at least based on my experience.

    Humfy B

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    What a great sharing! I learned new things. I usually used the wrong tool when transplating my fruit trees. No wonder they don't do so well. Now what do I do in my situation? Just give them more time to fluorish right?…

    Samuel Casuncad

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    something doesn't look right… trying to pound the spade on the sides of the original tree soil from the pot when putting additional soil in the hole might just cut some of the roots…. what do you think?

    Mark Coren

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Perfect timing! We're planting a fig tree this weekend for our grandmother. This is exactly what I needed to know!

    Katie Grazier

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Makes a lot of sense, thank you.

    Sandra Mccollum

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    nice it has helped us to plant our fruit tree that we just got thanks

    Pat Alger

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Never thought about the shape of the hole! Will have to try that on my next fruit tree transplant.

    lisa blumenthal

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Luke how often to fertilize fruit trees and how much?

    my2cents0

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Winesap is a Triploid , it's pollen is sterile. I have way better luck with bareroot fruit trees, I will never again buy one in a pot. The problem with potted trees is the roots are already growing in a circle, you could score the root ball to give it a better chance.😎

    Jdmsword14

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    That is some great looking soil

    28bull

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Luke, I did like the square hole idea, it makes perfectly good sense. I have been watching you since you were just a kid, albeit a smart kid, living in your parents home. I wish my grandkids had your appreciating for growing. Mine tend to be unhappy about any manual labor on Pappy's farm.
    It does an old man's heart good to see that you found an attractive wife who shares your appreciation for growing healthy foods.
    I frequently write off people of your generation. They would starve, even if given 50 acres of good, naturally fertile farmland, a tractor with every reasonable implement and a good source of free water.

    May God Bless you and your new Bride,
    28Bull

    Tangi The Cavers Wife

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Great info! Would the same method apply to transplanting raspberries and blackberries? I'm getting some from a friend in a couple of weeks. Woot!

    Raquil Morgan

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    How do you get your ground so soft

    Coastal Gardener

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Comercially they take 8 foot metal claws called rippers and drag them in 2 direction to brake up the soil before planting an orchard, so that's not the best way to plant a tree.

    HF TL

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    definitely learned something new cheers

    Birch Bark

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    wrong time of year to prune that much, should have hard pruned it in dormancy

    Gary Stark

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    I've seen some people (ok, my wife) actually take a knife to root-bound roots as a way of breaking it up. Is this ever recommended?

    palillo2006

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    not sure if this helps, but I rough up the walls of the hole. I believe that it is harder for the roots to go through smooth compacted walls.

    B Charron

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Could you not square off the hole with the round shovel, although i agree with a square spade it would be easier? Thanks!

    Automaster23

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Sometimes I find old heirloom verities at Meijer. depends on what the year, but I found a wolf river apple tree there this year. They only had one, but I picked it up. heard wolf river apples make the best pies.

    PinkChucky15

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    I had no idea about the square thing, it's pretty cool :-)

    DonnaldaSmolens

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    thank you so much for this. My success with planting trees other than the native ones here has been very bad. Maybe this will help.

    Sansa Stark

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Excellent knowledge, the square. I had no idea. As a bonus to add to your planting knowledge Luke, When transplanting things, take your fingers and gently run them down the sides of the plant and across the bottom of the plant to kind of "ruffle" up the root memory. That way they're no longer so pot bound. It sort of helps with transplant shock. 😉
    🕉Tina

    Pam Jones

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Great video. Just in time I just purchased two peach trees from lowes. Do the trees need to be planted on flat ground. The area of my yard is sloping some would that be an issue. Any help you could inpart my way would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

    Learn To Grow

    (January 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

    Nice work Luke and great tips! Our apple trees we planted two years ago are now bearing fruits!!! :)

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