moving a mature plum
Saw a freecycle ad for a 'mature' plum tree someone needs to move... you dig it you and take it home.
Not sure what 'mature' means. How many years old, trunk diameter, or how tall they've let it grow. Obviously, I will prune the top aggressively, but what about the roots?
Are there any guidelines on how much of the root ball needs to be saved?
Obviously as much as possible... but... I just moved a 2 year apple and that was a PITA to dig.
Hard to imagine digging up a 5+ year old tree without doing a major hack job on the roots.