Transplanting a Fig Tree

steggieFebruary 9, 2007

I live in "upstate" South Carolina and someone wants to give me a Fig Tree about 10 feet tall that I would have to dig up and replant in my yard. The temps have been a low of 25 degrees with a high of 60. Question: Is this a good time to dig it up and transplant it?? Are there any special precautions? I am not much of a gardener and would appreciate your replies. Thank you.

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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

Dormant would be best, but I would be inclined to wait till very close to breaking dormancy. Get all the roots you can, and prune the top accordingly. Consider misting it to keep up humidity in its' environment until it is established, to help counter the loss of roots, and the consequent inability to take up enough water.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2007 at 11:09PM
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herman2_gw

No This is not the right time.Wait till first of March and then you can dig it out and replant it.(My Opinion)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2007 at 11:10PM
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steggie

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLIES.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 12:00PM
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bjs496

Steggie,

If you can wait until later this year, I would suggest root pruning ahead of time to increase the root mass under the tree. If so, let me know and I will give you more information on doing so.

~james

Here is a link that might be useful: transplanting

    Bookmark   February 12, 2007 at 12:26AM
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gemini1_2007

have just transplanted white fig tree plant looks to be in shock will it come back? ALSO HAS FRUIT

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 4:47PM
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loslunasfarms

Did you cover it with a clear plastic bag to limit moisture loss. It is very important to leave the bag on for ~ a week. Then daily remove the bag a little more to acilimate it. DO NOT PUT IT IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT!

The leaves ususally perk up if they are not too far gone with the bag, otherwise they may just fall off then grow back.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 5:27PM
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gemini1_2007

thank you loslunasfarms for your help.

gemini1_2007

    Bookmark   September 28, 2007 at 11:57AM
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organicgardening_mom

We are planning to relocate a mature fig tree in our yard -- Herman, does the March timeframe work best for Atlanta, GA also?

Any other specific directions/suggestions regarding this transplant?

Thank you.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2007 at 11:36AM
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bjs496

OG Mom,

How "mature" is your fig tree? The size of the root ball should be based on the size of the tree. The tree I took out of the ground had the equivalent of a 4.5" diameter trunk. It came out of the ground with a root mass roughly 24" in diameter. I did, however, let the tree sit with a moat around it for the better part of a year so that it would grow more roots from the base of the tree. Pruning may not be necessary if you take enough of the roots with the tree. If you want to prune it, but all means, do.

As for timing... now is the best time to dig the moat. Start with one side and cut a trench. Next week do another side and so forth until you have a box around your tree. I don't know how cold the ground gets in Atlanta, but remember that most of the trees roots will be in the top 8 inches of soil. You may want to cover the soil left around your tree with mulch and/or black landscaping fabric. Hopefully you will retain enough heat to allow the roots to continue to grow during the colder months ahead. Transplant the tree as soon as you are reasonably sure the last frost has passed. Stake the tree to minimize movement and water regularly.

The sooner you can move the tree before the leaves come, the better. The more the roots establish themselves before the tree breaks dormancy, the less you have to worry about wind and moisture and such.

~james

p.s. also don't expect too much from the tree next year.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2007 at 8:17PM
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scott_ga

Organicgardening mom

For Georgia you might want to make it in February or the first part of March-- as you know, it can warm up quite quickly in March.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2007 at 9:01PM
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reddawn2009

I would like to know what I can do with a Fig tree that

I just dug up out of a friends yard. I was able to

save many of the roots. The tree was pretty young and

had fruit on it from last season. I don't plan on

replanting it for maybe a few months. What should I

do to preserve my new tree? I have pruned it back and

placed the roots in water until I get the answers.

~Paul

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 12:55AM
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Pat_N_Mgroing_yahoo_com

I had transplanted two young fig trees that had fruit prior to transplantation and after. The problem I have is that the fruit it produced this time did not taste as sweet and the fruit that stayed on the tree for this year dry-rotted on both trees. They are planted on limited sunny area with very porous/drainy soil.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
Zeus

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 8:54PM
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Pat_N_Mgroing_yahoo_com

I had transplanted two young fig trees that had fruit prior to transplantation and after. The problem I have is that the fruit it produced this time did not taste as sweet and the fruit that stayed on the tree for this year dry-rotted on both trees. They are planted on limited sunny area with very porous/drainy soil.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
Zeus

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 9:46PM
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kceritelli_aol_com

i have a 4 foot fig tree . i would like to move it to another location. can you please tell me when is the best time to do so.
we live in myrtle beach. s.c
thank you.
karin

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 5:07PM
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joe1931

I'm moving in feb.and would like to take my 2 yr old mission fig tree with me. Is it possible to transplant it in feb?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 12:19AM
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