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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby Satur9 » Sat May 20, 2006 5:58 am

Hello,

I have to transplant a few small Citrus trees for a friend. They're both 4'. Have to admit, I don't know anything about Citrus or dicots. I'm a palmaholic too. Do you root prune a Citrus tree prior to popping it out of the ground? Any advice will suffice.

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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby kit » Sat May 20, 2006 12:42 pm

Citrus I have transplanted were a snap. Doing it before the rainy season begins (like now in FL) is best. If they were large I would root prune first - at least on 2 sides of the tree or a complete circle about 2 feet from the trunk - just close enough to cut the small roots. Leave it in the hole for about 2 months and then dig the rest out.

I just happened to have a back hoe on my property when I needed to transplant my temple orange. It was a small tree - about 8 feet. The operator just made 2 trenches on either side of the tree and then scooped the tree out with the hoe. This was after digging the new hole, of course. Then he just stuck the tree in and filled up the hole. Still alive and kicking 25 years later. Full sun.

Water every day for a month, then taper off gradually - unless it rains at least an inch in a day. Do NOT fertilize until next spring. Normally you would fertilize citrus (citrus fertilizer) 3 times during the rainy season and then not until new growth starts after the fruit is picked.

Pull off any small fruit that develops the first year (or 2 if the tree is still small) - it will take the strength away from the tree.
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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby Satur9 » Sat May 20, 2006 12:49 pm

Thank you, Kit. That's exactly what I needed to know.

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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby kit » Sat May 20, 2006 12:54 pm

Forgot to say that after you root prune (if you think the roots are too large to dig the trees out all at once) be sure to fill the dirt back in until you dig the tree out!
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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby Satur9 » Sun May 21, 2006 3:47 am

Okay. Got it, Kit. Thanks again. I'm still upset that I didn't get down to Miami in time to meet you at Fairchild. Alas, I will be back. Palm sale in October at Fairchild?

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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby kit » Sun May 21, 2006 11:02 am

Remind me and it's a date, Jeff! Probably can scout up some more people while you are here and make a party of it. Always glad for an excuse to tour the garden with friends.
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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby Satur9 » Mon May 22, 2006 3:52 am

Sounds good, Kit. I'll try to get Paul (Palmdoctor) to drive down with me. Don't know if he's posted lately. I'll email him. He's on the way to Miami down US-27. I would really like to see Montgomery. Can you get us in?

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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby kit » Mon May 22, 2006 1:31 pm

I thought Pablo might be in Panama because he mentioned going and hasn't posted recently or at least he was talking about it but would guess he will be back by then. I will see about Montgomery close to when we want to go. There may even be a group tour during palm sales/meetings. Are you a member of the Palm and or Cycad Soc?
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Transplanting citrus trees? Any tricks?

Postby Satur9 » Mon May 22, 2006 1:45 pm

I'm a member of CFPACS (Central Florida Palm and Cycad society) and IPS, but I've had no reason to join the South Florida Palm society as I can't make the meetings at Fairchild.

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