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Chances of survival?

Posted by steve_pc KS (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 15:15

I have been given a Japanese Maple that is well established but right next to a house inside a deck. The deck is being replaced due to storm damage and the owners have been told the contractors cannot/will not be able to leave it in situ.

The temps at the moment in SW Kansas are in the high 90's low 100's.

If I can get it out I can have it. My main concern is what are the chances of it surviving the transfer, or am I better off taking cuttings galore and trusting that the cuttings will survive in the heat?

Thanks in advance


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RE: Chances of survival?

Any chance of a pic of both the tree and how much digging room you have inside that deck? If no pic, just how big is that "well established" tree?


RE: Chances of survival?

before you answer that... i think you have nothing to lose by attempting to rescue the tree intact....and much to gain....extricate carefully...lotsa water! let us know :)

RE: Chances of survival?

I agree. Nothing lost by attempting to move if the plant can't remain in place anyway.

Prepare new planting site before you do any digging. Take as large a rootball as humanly possible. If possible, do it late in the day (or on a cool, overcast day) and get it replanted ASAP. And of course, water, water, water!!

RE: Chances of survival?

  • Posted by dwpc 7 - N Arizona (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 7, 13 at 18:00

A mature JM is a valuable tree; it may be worth hiring a backhoe to move it with supervision by a trained arborist. Call a local commercial nursery for advise.

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