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Re-locating davidson's plum

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Elke starts with ...
All, I have a Davidson Plum, bought prob. 2 yeras ago from Daleys. it is really nice and roughly 1.20m high now. Had fruits from it last year. I tried to re-locate another one, but that is barely alife. Is there a trick in re-locating, as we are moving from Sydney to near Port macquary and potential renter do not want a garden - the real estate agent was adamant we have to convert it back to GRASS ONLY. not impressed. I presume the root system might be quite essential, it is floweing right now and I would rather leave it until it has fruited.
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Elke
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16th November 2010 3:02pm
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John Mc says...
I moved this one about 18 months ago, it's about 2.4m high and going strong. It's just starting to flower, never looked back.
I watered it every afternoon and gave it seasol in between times as well for months. At the time I moved this tree the weather was very dry. It's probably past the prime time for moving plants now, but if you're moving, you've got nothing to lose.
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16th November 2010 3:46pm
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Elke says...
Thanks John.
I will be able to wait until autum, I just wanted to know if I can dig up a big plant like this. I dug up a Pommegranate, and it almost wilted, I now have it sitting in a pot, slowly recovering.
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Elke
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18th November 2010 10:49am
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Elke says...
UPDATE: I moved the Davidson Plum in January, unfortunately on a very hot day. It wilted to brown leaves and I thought I had killed it. Persistingly I still watered it, thinking I had noting to loose. AND - it is re-sprouting from the root system. I will upload a picture soon. So - if you have no choice, you might loose all the growth, the sprouts are baby small starting at the base of the old plant and the trunk is definetely dead - but you can move them.
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Elke
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12th May 2011 3:43pm
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chichichook says...
Hi, Im reading this 4 years later and hoping you can get my message!

I have too a tree of Davidson's plum and need to come out (and hopefully transplanted it)
My one is about waist high, about 3 to 4 years old.

I am wondering how big I should dig up.
Does is have long tap roots..?
Any suggestions appreciated because there are not so much online.

Thank you and Im glad your tree has survived.
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chichichook
campsie
17th November 2015 10:41pm
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Manfred says...
It's a rainforest tree, and although they have tap roots, they aren't all that important to them, and as the trees grow the taproots become less and less important.

Dig to the dripline if you can, or if you can't, try to work out where the most roots are and favour that part. Spread, rather than depth.

Keep it well-shaded and wet, wet, wet for the next four months and it should be ok. It is still a very manageable size.

Mulch, mulch, mulch!
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18th November 2015 8:36pm
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chichichook says...
Hi Manfred,

Really really appreciate your reply!!
I didnt really think I would get any because it is an old post.

There is a middle sized fig tree probably 60cm away, so I will have to figure the best way not killing both of them.

Thank you again, have a good week!
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campsie
18th November 2015 11:31pm
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denise1 says...
Whenever I have to relocate a tree, it is important to cut back the foliage to compensate for root loss. Maybe cut off a half or two thirds of the foliage. As soon as it is replanted, soak the soil thoroughly. Then dont water the next two or three days.If it gets too much water after the soak-the roots could rot. Then you can go to watering regularly according to how thirsty is the plant and soil-neither under or overwatering. You can spray the remaining foliage with anti-transpirant or just put some frostcloth over the foliage to avoid leaf drop. This method works for most plants.
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19th November 2015 3:00pm
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chichichook says...
Hi Denise,

Thank you too for the reply and suggestions!
I didnt know about "anti-transpirant or just put some frostcloth over the foliage to avoid leaf drop" so will look into it.
Hmm, what is frostcloth??

Thank you!
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chichichook
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20th November 2015 12:59pm
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denise1 says...
You can get Coolaroo frost cloth from Bunnings. It is a white spun cloth that is draped over plants -but not against the foliage if possible, to hold in warmth during frosty nights. It also reflects daytime heat and holds in some humidity so good on relocated plants to protect leaves from drying out.
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21st November 2015 4:50am
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chichichook says...
Thank you again Denise,

So the frost cloth works on hot days as well? It will be 37c this Thu in Sydney, also no need to worry about frost here even in coldest winter..

I am appreciating so much helpful answers from this forum.
Thank you!
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campsie
23rd November 2015 8:43pm
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OceanEarth says...
@chichichook how did you go with the DP? I have one that is about 2M tall and 5yrs old. I stupidly planted it out about 1.5M away from the edge of my pool, not thinking about the impact of the poolwater. It's growing well, though has never fruited. I'd be a bit concerned about eating the fruit anyway because of the potential contamination from pool chemicals. Anyway, I'm planning on moving it and wanted to know if you had additional advice on top of what is already here.
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20th November 2017 3:42pm
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Glennis says...
When moving native plants you need to move them and then water them in within a minute or two . Air around the roots for longer than this will kill them .
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