How to Transplant a Linden Tree
The linden tree grows in many kinds of soil and can be transplanted easily with the correct amount of care and attention.
Step 1 – Selecting the Season
The tree is best transplanted during winter months, when it is dormant. Transplanting during the summer can do serious harm to the Linden tree, as it will not have enough established roots to draw moisture and nutrients from the soil. If you are moving the Linden tree from another spot in the garden, it is essential that this be done in the summer months, when the risk of transplantation shock is smaller.
Step 2 – Getting the Tree Sapling
Most Linden trees can be bought from garden centers, they usually have a plastic bag wrapped around the root ball and attached to the tree by wire, or they may be in a container.
Step 3 – Freeing the Sapling from Container
Remove any wire with cutters, and then gently remove the bag. Linden trees in containers must be placed on the ground, and the pot slowly rolled from side to side. This should loosen the soil in the container enough for the pot to be gently eased away from the plant. Once this has been done, the plant is ready to go.
Step 4 – Moving the Tree Out of Season (Special Point)
Moving the Linden tree in summer leaves it more vulnerable, but if it cannot be helped, it is better to dig a circle approximately 1 foot in diameter around the tree trunk, remove the soil and root together, and wrap tightly in a plastic bag. The tree can then be left until winter, when it should be watered prior to planting.
Step 5 – Preparing the Spot to Transplant
The most important thing to do is to find a suitable site for the Linden tree to be planted. Dig a large hole, roughly 4 or 5 times the size of the root ball. The depth should be enough to entirely cover the root, but allow the top of the root ball to be level with the ground.
Step 6 – Planting the Tree
Place the Linden tree in the hole, and fill in about 1/2 of the removed soil. Water heavily, and wait for the root and soil to fully absorb the liquid. Then fill in the hole with the rest of the soil, and water again. Leave overnight, and the following day water the tree again, letting the water pool around the base of the tree. Then add a layer of mulch, taking care not to put too thick a pile directly on top of the tree root, as this can encourage fungus.
Step 7 – Aftercare
After planting, give the tree extra water during the next 2 or 3 years in order to encourage the roots to become established. Water daily, but be careful about over-watering, as it is possible to kill the tree. Once the tree is established, it is best to only water once a month if the weather is very dry.
In addition, be careful not to add too much fertilizer to the tree, as this can actually backfire, causing the root ball to dry out, or creating a pool of water around the roots; this can cause the plant to wilt dramatically; the best solution to this problem is to dig the tree up in cool weather, and replant.