Thursday, April 21, 2005

Transplanting Tree Sprouts

Q. I'm delighted to have found your blog! I just found out the Kwanzan
Cherry tree we loved so much but had to cut down (carpenter ants
destroyed the trunk) left us some sprouts. I'm not sure how many are
there yet - they are under a ratty looking pine tree so I have to crawl
under and see. I want to transplant at least one of the sprouts.
What's the best approach?

A. What a happy discovery! How long has your Cherry been "gone"?
I have a few questions for you since your "sprouts" seem to come from the trunk of your tree. Have you checked to see if the sprouts are "free standing"? Or are they sprouting from the stump of the tree? If they are growing OUT of the STUMP and are actually PART of that remnant stump, I'm afraid you'll have to leave it there. Pick the biggest and healthiest looking sprout to be your new tree. Cut out all the rest of the sprouts and say hello to your new tree! Once you've picked the final sprout to favor, cut out any others that grow up to compete with it.
IF it's a sprout that should be cut away, I'd do the cutting now, leaving the tree IN the ground where it stands until it's ready to transplant. Kind of like operating on a Siamese twin, but leaving it IN PLACE. That way, the shock of moving it will be less traumatic. Your best bet would be to wait until early fall to do the actual transplanting so it doesn't have to struggle through a hot summer.
While it sits there, separated, but in place, begin to prepare it's new home. I assume by now you've decided where it wants to be? Remember it will be in the same place for the rest of it's life, so make it GOOD!
Be sure this site has the proper amount of light and shelter. If there's a hill, place it half way down, rather than at the top or bottom as it will be better protected from frosts and winds. Avoid placing it too close to a building, under wires, or over pipes and cables where it may need to be trimmed back. Choose a well drained site. No tree likes to sit it water.
While you wait, get a soil sample from this new location and send it to the State University Extension Service with a note telling them that it is where you want to plant a Kwanzan Cherry Tree. They will test the soil for you and tell you exactly what you need to add to the soil, if anything. That is the BEST gift you can give your tree.
When you begin to dig, work some compost into the hole along with whatever amendments the soil test has suggested. Usually the hole is dug 2-4 times the width of the roots, so they can be spread out. If there are any damaged roots, be sure to trim them off. Gently set the roots in the ground and begin to backfill the hole. Stamp the soil in well to avoid any air spaces and water it thoroughly. You might prepare a bit of a "dish" around it so the rain will stay there rather than run away. For the first few years, be sure your new tree does NOT dry out. It may need a little winter protection and perhaps a trunk wrapper wouldn't hurt for the first, few winters. Mulching around it will help keep the weeds down and the moisture in. So consider doing that as well.
Good luck, and Happy Gardening!


At August 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just recently transplated a silver maple tree. It stand about 16' and seems to be having trouble adapting to its new locating. We planted it the same day it was delivered and watered. The leaves have started to turn a orange color and some have even tured brown and falling off. I am not sure what to do as we have done everything the nursery told us to do. Is there anything eles I can be doing for this tree? Is it going to be ok? Please help! Thank you !

At August 20, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

If you've done everything the nursery suggested, I would suggest you go back to the nursery and request help. Perhaps even in the form of a new tree!

At February 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NCMG...Thanks for being here...I have a cherry tree that was strangled by a vine where the branches leave the main there anyway I can stimulate this tree to branch and flower again. I have of course removed the vine..John

At February 25, 2007, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

I think patience will be your answer here. Is this a large tree? Or a little one? When did you remove the vine?
My first response would be to just wait out a season and see if you get any little sprouts. This way you can tell if those branches are truly dead. If they are, you need to remove them. If you don’t get new sprouts, it’s time to cull the tree altogether! Be careful when you cut back the tree that you don’t cut below the graft (assuming there is one). If you do this, you’ll revert to the root stock, which you don’t want to do.

At March 11, 2007, Anonymous jhn iacuzzo said...

The cherry tree is large , trunk is 12 in. in diam and tree is 20ft. in height. The vine was removed this past fall. I beleive the branches are dead but will await the spring. What do you mean by "cull the tree altogether." Thanks, John

At March 11, 2007, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Cull would mean to destroy, or remove it entirely. Start with a new tree!

At July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the Atlanta area and recently was offered a Kwanzan Cherry tree that is about 5 years old. It is in an area that gets little sun so needs to be moved. I have an area of full sun and about 25 feet across where I can plant it but I need to know the best time to do this. The owner would like to do it now, but I thought fall would be a better time. Your advice?

At March 28, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q: Hello I am Doing my 5th grade writing homework.I have to write about signs of spring. I was wonder about when does a bud on a tree sprout in to a leaf? Please Answer before sunday march 29,2009. Sincerly a 5 th grade student

At March 28, 2009, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Hi 5th Grade Student...
I'm sorry I can't reply to you directly, but you didn't leave an email address.
There are SO many things that affect when a bud might sprout into a leaf that I just can't do that question justice here.
For instance, where do you live? What is your climate/zone? What kind of tree are you talking about?
Try to google "When do tree buds leaf out". Then you can pick and choose from the answers offered according to the questions above. I'm sorry I can't be of more help than that.
Sometimes the leaves come out before they should, (after the last frost) and another frost hits the tree and the leaves are killed.
This would indicate that your answer might very well be, "after the last frost"!
Good luck with your assignment!

At January 19, 2010, Anonymous Mike said...

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At January 19, 2010, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Hey Mike, I try very hard not to have people advertise on my comments area. I am happy to consider you as a link and if you'd like that, send me an email. (That is why I removed the posting.) Otherwise, ask a question and I'll try to answer it.

At September 11, 2010, Blogger Nancy said...

I have a palm tree with a bunch of little beginning palms around the base of it. Can these be potted and if so, how would I do it? If not, how do I separate them from the palm? I really don't want them spreading as much as they appear to be going. Thank you.

At September 13, 2010, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Oh, boy! I wish I could give you an answer. Try calling, or looking up on the web, the Extension Office for your State University (or the closest one). They should have an answer for you. Since I live in New Hampshire, I don't have a clue!
My "gut" reaction would be that yes, you could try to dig them out of their spot and pot them. But, I really am in a quandary here. I just don't know. I'm so sorry!


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