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Mrs Biggles starts with ...
We live in the Perth Hills and are about to demolish our house and rebuild. Trouble is, we have to put in new septic and leech drains, and I have been told that they will need to run right under my Washington Navel, eureka lemon, Satuma, Maraposa and Ruby Blood Plums and also my Anzac peach tree - ouch! That means that in the next couple of weeks I am going to have to attempt to transplant them. Does anyone have any tips for transplanting deciduous fruit trees at the WRONG time of the year? All have fruit on them and it was looking like a happy year in the fruit tree department:-(
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Mrs Biggles
Perth Hills
20th November 2007 5:02pm
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Correy says...
Ouch indeed. I would suggest to wait until they go dorment again however it sounds like your mind is made up that now is the time.

If you can try and get a lot of the root system dug up to try and not upset them and then when you re-plant make sure you pander to them with Seasol once a week and keep the water up to them. Also try to minimise heavy sun exposure.

lachlann and Diane gave some fantastic advise here:
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Correy
Woolloongabba, QLD
30th November 2007 7:15pm
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Mrs Biggles says...
Thanks for your advice. I was able to come up with a better solution. Got special permission from the council to have three short leech drains instead of two long ones. Now I have only had to move lemon and oranges... the stone fruit are able to stay, and had to move young mango instead, which is getting lots of love and attention.

Thanks for the picture also...

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Mrs Biggles
Perth Hills
30th November 2007 10:14pm
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Correy says...
Can you tell me how you go with the mango after a few months Also if you do have a chance I would love to see a few pictures of what you have done.

I had a bad experience with transplanting a mango tree this year and since have learnt to be much more careful.
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Correy
Woolloongabba, QLD
30th November 2007 10:28pm
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brindy says...
I live in townsville I want to transplant three fruits of size of photos which one is a lychee , grape fruit , madrinan should i cut them back an how much do i cut them back what time of year should i transplant thanks for the help
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brindy
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11th February 2009 5:25pm
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amanda says...
I am wondering if this will work.... we are leaving here in the near future and I don't want to leave my fruit trees here to just die..(too far for me to move them also) I was thinking of advertising the trees on a "you remove" basis....as the trees are all healthy and producing.
I am not sure if I should charge anything for them as such? The main thing is to see them go to "good homes" :-) (but they may not survive being dug up - hence charging money for them might be a bit unfair?)
Has anyone done this before?
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amanda19
Geraldton. Mid West WA
9th April 2011 11:08am
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snottiegobble says...
Amanda, Maybe try eBay or Gumtree (Perth) The latter is direct sales with no bidding! We found it very useful when we arrived in WA.
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snottiegobble
Bunbury/Busso ( smack in the middle)
9th April 2011 11:24am
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amanda says...
Yea SG - I might advertise locally this winter and see what happens - looks like the weather is finally going to change!? Hooray!! Can't wait :)
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amanda19
Geraldton, Mid West WA
10th April 2011 11:46am
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snottiegobble says...
We got 20mls thursday & it just took away some of that threatening bushfire dryness so a big sigh of relief Sth West.
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snottiegobble
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10th April 2011 3:06pm
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amanda says...
YAY!!! We got 7mm rain last night too!! Only the second time it has rained in about 5 months...
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amanda19
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11th April 2011 9:06am
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John Mc says...
ooow, I feel for you amanda. I know what you are going through. We were in a drought till mid last month. My dam had a weeks worth of water left. I took the opp to get my neighbour to clean it out. I got through with another neighbour giving me all her water from her dam, luckily. We had 7 days straight with temps in the high 30's/low 40's. But now, the rain had been beautiful, what a relief.
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11th April 2011 2:00pm
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Jason says...
Awesome!, I know you don't want to hear it but we got about 25mm :) second time it's rained in two days !

:D (it was actually getting pretty dry before that).
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Jason
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11th April 2011 6:18pm
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Brad says...
back to 31 again by the weekend. most of the summer somewhere in northern australia was getting our annual rainfall in a short period while we've had a couple sprinklings all summer and thats it - unless you were in the spots that got storm damage in january
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Brad2
G Hill,Perth
11th April 2011 7:43pm
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snottiegobble says...
Amazing how the WA native flora cope isnt it, Brad? A lot of the trees & shrubs just kill one limb or branch at a time to combat the drought then kick on once its over!
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snottiegobble
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Julie says...
What I did find amazing sg is seeing new growth on some of the burnt trees from the Roleystone fires yesterday. And we haven't had any rain yet!
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Roleystone WA
12th April 2011 8:36pm
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Gav says...
Are you still in Geraldton? Would be happy to save your fruit trees.
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Gav
Geraldton
18th September 2011 1:15pm
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amanda says...
Hi Gav - I will keep that in mind :) I would be ill to see a developer bulldoze the lot :(
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amanda19
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19th September 2011 7:47pm
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Nick says...
I wish I could help you out, but its probably difficult to send to Vic. I'd hate to see such healthy trees go to waste after all the hard work you've done! :)
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Nick T
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19th September 2011 8:45pm
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sawedusty says...
I want to transplant my lemonade tree. When is the best time. The fruit comes on in late summer and early winter.

Any ideas? I live in a cold area, frosts etc.
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denise1 says...
It is a big shock shifting any tree. It is uaually done in stages . Firstly cut two parallel trenches either side of the tree. Some time later ( at least a few weeks?) then cut the last two sides of the tree so that the trench completely surrounds it. A few weeks later cut it out from underneath and shift it into its new site. If the rootball is too wide it will easily collapse from the soils weight. When cutting underneath you can rope some narrow boards under the edge to help prevent collapse when uplifting the tree.. When back in the ground give it a big soak and then dont water again for some days. Remember the cutting of the root system has to be matched by trimming the foliage. If possible shift the tree during cool, humid or cloudy weather. You can spray or dip the foliage in an antitranspirant from your garden center. Also wrap the tree with frostcloth or shadecloth until it is settled..Of coarse some of the hints are difficult for a larger tree. Someone else may advise the best time for shifting.
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Potty Bob 1 says...
Most citrus are best moved when they are a bit dormant in winter . Wait till the fruit is ready , transplant before spring starts ,beat the heat .
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7th February 2019 11:28am
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Bangkokii says...
I just killed a large achacha by removing it.

But i learned from it..here we can buy huge fruiting tree's in a 80 liter pot.

It takes many weeks preparation.
You first make a circle about the rootball you want to get...not too large because that's too heavy.

You start cutting the roots in the circle bit by bit...stick the shovel in the soil at a few spots to cut them roots...few weeks later you do some more spots....few weeks later you do some more spots untill your circle is totally round...

You have to wait a few weeks so the tree can make new roots within that circle. Don't think the dormant period is good for that but feel free to correct me.

When the circle is round you dig around the circle, remove all the soil so you can stab the roots under the circle.

Now you have a liftable rootball and can move it.

After that you prune the tree, not the main branches but the smaller ones.

Keep the tree wet, spray it every day untill it starts to flush again.

Here i see huge tree's from 5-6 meters tall and many meters wide with a rootball of 80 liter for sale...guess this is how they did it. Those tree's get watered several times a day (hot here).
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