How to Transplant a Palm Tree How to Transplant a Palm Tree

What You'll Need
Shovel
Sand based compost
Burlap cloth
Mulch
Water

While transplanting a palm tree is not difficult, you must take precaution not to damage the plant. Before you bring a new tree to your yard, pick out a spot that receives full fun and has well-draining soil.

Step 1: Dig the Hole

Dig a shallow hole that is twice as the root ball of the palm. The aeration in the soil will keep the palm happy and help prevent transplant shock.

Step 2: Prepare the Transplant

If you are digging up the plant that you are transplanting, start by creating a circle around where the main root supply is. Tenderly dig the root ball out of the ground; when pulling the plant out, try not to damage the roots drastically. Wet the burlap cloth and wrap the root system while you finish preparing the new hole.

Step 3: Lifting the Palm Tree

Lift the tree from the base of the roots with support up to the top of the tree. Take care not to damage the bud of the tree as this is where new growth comes in.

If you are using machinery, still lift from the bottom and allow for supporting at the top. Keep the tree in an upright position throughout the move.

Step 4: Place in Shallow Hole

When you transplant, make sure that you do not plant the palm too deep. The top of the root system should be above the top of the soil. Fill the hole with a good quality compost mixed with added fertilizer and some sand for drainage.

Step 5: Water

Give the new transplant lots of water, and let the water compact the dirt down into the hole. Add more dirt, and let that settle in as well. Keep the soil moist, but do not overwater.

Check the water level weekly to make sure that the soil is not too wet. Too much moisture will cause root rot that can decay the root system and lead to the tree falling over or dying.

Step 6: Mulch

Add about 3 inches of mulch around the base of the tree but not touching the trunk. The mulch will break down over time and act as a fertilizer as well as keep the exposed roots healthy and safe until they establish themselves.

Transplanting palm trees is similar to moving other plants. Growing palm trees after they have been transplanted takes just a little extra care to prevent transplant shock. The soil preparation and the new location for the tree is very important. Be sure to take all of this into consideration before you start a transplant project.

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