Plum Trees
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TRANSPLANTING a young plum tree approx. 5 feet tall that sprouted from a larger tree.

Zone Hat Creek, ca 96040 | debreeze added on January 25, 2018 | Answered

How large should the root ball be and if wrapped in burlap should the burlap be removed when placing it in the new location?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on January 25, 2018

You should dig out about 2 feet in each direction to ensure that you get enough roots. The root ball, once compacted into the burlap with a little potting soil should be about a foot to a foot and a half wide.

Many people leave the burlap, as it will decompose, but I prefer to remove it. This has been known to cause a fungal infection at times, as it can remain wet and rot.

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