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Fruit Tree transplanting

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Arthur starts with ...
Hi All,

I am a just new into gardening and have just learnt that a friend has a few fruit trees to dipose off, they are Custard apple, comquat, starfruit, cherry, mango, grape fruit & tangerine. To approximate the size they are at about 2m tall each. I would like to transport them to my yard and plant them, although i am a little worried that without any experience or knowledge in moving fruit trees i can loose them through transportation. Any ideas what to look out for or where i can get the information, that would be amazing help.

Also i have attached 2 pictures and was wondering if these trees can be identified as a fruit trees?

Thanks in advance,

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22nd October 2007 3:49pm
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lachlann says...
Push a spade into the ground around each at a distance of roughly 45 cm from the trunk so that you are creating a root ball, neatly severing many but not all of the roots. Cut the top of the tree right back. Leave the tree in the ground for a month or more in this state, well watered, so that the tree is getting used to its confined root ball and sprouting new roots. Then carefully cut out the root ball and move the tree in a plastic sheet, then replant the tree. Keep moist and shade-clothed from heat. Mist the remaining leaves with water frequently if the tree appears to be suffering. You can try using plant starter as a hormonal assistance to developing new roots.
The tree may sulk for some time and may be mishapen, but you'll have a bond of love!
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Diane says...
Hi Arthur, good advice from Lachlann! You could also try using a light seaweed watering to encourage the roots to recover (as per plant starter). Also apply a heavy mulch such as sugar cane to 1-2 inches deep, with a shadecloth tent until the summer months are past. If you have a person who sews around, cut a length of shadecloth sufficient to encircle your new pruned tree, and join into a tube with the sewing machine. Then use as a 1 metre high tent for the plant with 3-4 garden stakes to stretch it around, allowing the new leaves to poke out the top. Remove by the next winter and keep an eye out in really rainy weather for moisture loving bacteria/moulds etc. I have done this for all my new fruit trees for their first year and not had any transplant stress even in Qld summers.. tbough I'd recommend the autumn/winter months as a time for new plantings.
cheers Diane.
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