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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Sorry Randy. I didn't mean to disagree. I think either way is OK. Cutting off one would be less traumatic to the remaining one, but then you lose the one you cut off. Pulling them up is more traumatic to both, but I imagine they would both survive;
Kathy, trees are pretty resilient and you will probably have success either way. I think if you cut off one at the ground, it will not grow back.
Still raining and chilly! Later in the week, we should start getting more gardening - friendly weather. I did transplant some ostrich ferns from my old place to the country place. Probably not a good time for that, the fronds are fragile, but I wanted to try to keep them when we finally move completely.
Daniel, as Jack Benny would say with exhasperation, "Well!". True, there are several methods of transplanting trees. I usually take the simplest one. I did watch Joan's video. I'm certainly no expert.
I didn't send you the video of the fellow transplanting peaches.
A little more searching, I found a video of how this fellow transplants peach trees grown from seed. The soil is different than yours, but the principle is how he digs one tree seedling. As for separating two seedlings, the principles are the same as I wrote.
Kathy, I gave you wrong information on how to judge the distance from the trunk to dig. I don't know. I'm sorry.
Daniel has lots of experience transplanting trees and others in the group may know.
Kahy, I don't have experience with peach trees growing from pits, but I found a site, U. of K. Cooperative Extension Service, "Growing Peaches in Kentucky". It doesn't address your questions of two peach seeds sprouting together, but I suspect the Extension Agent may be able to advise you. Their Master Gardener Program is the U. of K. Extension Service.
Others in Godless in the Garden group may have experience with this situation.
If you want to separate them into two trees, I think you can do it if you use basic principles.
Prepare the holes where you want the trees to grow by digging a hole about twice as large as the trees are high.
Fill the holes with water, loosen the soil at the bottom, and let the holes drain.
Dig up the trees, going as far out from the trunks as the trees are tall. You want to get a large chunk of roots. I don't know if peach trees have a deep root system when they are that young. You will take your chances.
Place the two entwined trees in a bucket or tub of water to loosen the roots from the soil and from each other.
Gently separate the roots.
Place each tree in its hole, spreading the roots, and replacing the dug soil.
I think you do not need to ammend the soil, but others will know better than I.
Kathy, I would just cut off the unwanted peach to the ground. Not meaning to disagree Randy, there are often many right answers :-)
Glad most of your trees are doing well. I hope the pecan will still grow. Some trees are slow to leaf out the first time. That's an expensive tree. One of my chestnuts was only about a foot tall and $35, which I thought was excessive but didn't know until I received it. Still, it's growing.
My gogi's also got eaten off by rabbits. Damn those rabbits!
This week will be cool, with warming starting late in the week.. I'll try again planting sweet corn then. Beans will wait until June. Tomato plants are lush, waiting for planting in ground too.
Kathy, me thinks you should be able to separate the roots successfully, even if it means destroying parts of the root systems. Just rip them apart! When replanted, keep watering them.
As for my new trees, Daniel, four of five are doing great. They're all leafted out. However, my pecan tree, which came bare-rooted, shows no sign of life. I'm disheartened, especially since it cost me over $75! And my new goji bush was eaten down by rabbits. Grrrr. My "old" fruit trees are loaded, except the early blooming apricots. As usual, there's nothing on them.
My vegetable garden is pretty much all planted. Only sweet potatoes to put in. Things took off with this stretch of warm temps. My early corn, however, didn't make it--only one row planted. Oh yes, and over half my beans didn't germinate. I should know by now, it doesn't pay to get an early start. The soil is just too cold.
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