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Thursday - March 24, 2005

From: Cameron, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Transplants, Trees
Title: Transplanting crabapple tree from root sprouts
Answered by: Joe Marcus and Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I have a Crabapple tree that is sending up sapling shoots. Can these be dug up and planted?

ANSWER:

The crabapple root sprouts should be fairly easy to transplant. However, you might want to sever the main attachment to the mother tree with a tree spade (sharpshooter) as deep as possible and allow it to stay in place and grow new roots until this fall. That would be the best time to transplant the tree.

 

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