Fig tree, moving and cutting problems

oslofileJuly 11, 2006

I'm a novice to fig trees. I have two trees that were transplanted by me three years ago. They are hearty trees. I sold a house and before I could get to them the new owner dug them out with a back hoe. They were laying in the hot sun for 4 or 5 hours and there was no dirt on the roots at all. I put them in my truck threw some dirt on them and poured water on them. I planted them in a sandy clay soil and left them, except for an occasional watering. They survived and I planted one close to a lake and one not so close. The one nearest the lake is doing very nicely. Now, I am moving and I want to know what I must do to move the tree. It is over six feet tall and has numerous trunks. I want to get some cuttings to ensure that this tree survives. Any help would be appreciated. Also, I don't understand some of the lingo. such as the glass bottle. thanks in advance

Oslo in NC

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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

Here are some excerpts from a series of emails to another lady back east recently, who is moving a tree next month from New Jersey to Florida.

Make sure it is well watered b/4 you dig it up. Keep the temp in the van down (air conditioning, or whatever - no parking it in the sun during lunch, etc.). When it gets to Florida, plant as soon as possible (somewhere near immediately). I would set up a mist system to keep the humidity up (though that would be more critical in a drier environment, such as So Calif. - though I guess Florida has been pretty dry of, late). I would also put it under a shade cloth for the rest of the year, until dormancy. The issue is moisture. The plant will not be able to take in as much due to loss of root mass, so you must compensate by lowering the amount of water that is lost, so that the lower intake is equal to or greater than the new, lower outgo. If you accomplish this balance, by whatever means, you will be fine.

The S D Zoo moves a 80' tall ficus of some type, a total of 200', and it cost them $250,000.00 for the move. They pruned it heavily, and had misters hanging in tree continuously for about a year and a half. It was a bigger project, and more expensive, and it was successful. But your situation is the same, only smaller.

Here is another idea: why not take some cuttings and root them as a back up plan. If you need info for doing this, let me know.

Get the regular vermicualite, from the nursery or Home Depot. It will be fine. Put it in a tub of water and get the material wet (stir it into the water). The finer stuff will sink to the bottom and the coarser particles will float, and get seperated out that way. The coarser particles take longer to absorb enough water to sink.

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