have three citrus trees which I wish to move to another location.
They are about 3-4 years old. Could you advise me on the best time
and way to remove them?
best time to move citrus trees is in winter when they are less actively
growing. This will also reduce stress as conditions tend to
be more humid. You will need to dig a large hole approximately around
the drip-line of the tree, and dig it quite deeply as well.
Do not pull the tree out without digging the hole properly, as you
will damage the roots and root hairs, killing the tree. Be
careful of the feeder roots near the surface try to avoid
If you think you have
chopped through some of the roots, then you should prune back the
top portion of the branches and leaves. This will maintain
a balance between the roots and the foliage they are supplying with
If conditions are dry
or get dry, then water the citrus tree regularly. Do not feed
the tree for the first few months unless it starts to show deficiency
symptoms (yellowed leaves with green veins is an example of one
nutrient deficiency type).
Full recovery and regrowth
could take from 3 months to a year, and flowering and fruiting is
likely to be much reduced or delayed. Good luck, and try not
to put your back out!
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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