If you have a palm tree in your yard that is starting to get too big, or if you want to move it to a new location, you will need to transplant it.
Transplanting a palm tree can be tricky, so it is important to follow these step-by-step instructions carefully. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of transplanting a palm tree.
Palm trees are large and expensive, but from time to time they will need to be transplanted, moved or relocated from a pot to a garden – or into a different location.
In this article we will teach you everything you need to know about replanting Palm Trees including, the best time of year to move, the necessary gear plus a few tips and tricks for successfully replanting small or large palms!
In This Guide
Here is the gardening gear you will need to transplant a palm tree:
- Shovel – A shovel is necessary to dig a hole for the palm tree.
- Pruning Saw – A pruning saw is necessary to cut the roots of the palm tree.
- Potting Soil – Potting soil is necessary to fill in the hole after the palm tree has been transplanted.
- Watering Can – A watering can is necessary to water the palm tree after it has been transplanted.
- Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart – A wheelbarrow or garden cart is necessary to transport the palm tree from its original location to the new location.
- Rake or Hoe – A rake or hoe is necessary to smooth out the soil around the palm tree after it has been transplanted.
- Pruning Shears – Pruning shears are necessary to trim the excess leaves and branches of the palm tree after it has been transplanted.
- Stakes – Stakes are necessary to secure the palm tree in its new location.
- Hammer or Mallet – A hammer or mallet is necessary to drive the stakes into the
Step by Step Guide
Prepare The Palm Tree For Transplanting
The first step is to prepare the palm tree for transplanting. This means cutting the roots of the palm tree so that it will fit into the new pot or garden bed. Use a pruning saw to cut the roots of the palm tree. Be careful not to cut any of the important veins in the root system.
Dig A New Hole for the Palm Tree
The next step is to dig a new hole for the palm tree. The hole should be the same size as the pot or garden bed that you will be transplanting the palm tree into. Use a shovel to dig the hole.
Dig Up The Tree And Cut The Roots
The third step is to dig up the tree and cut the roots. This is a delicate process, so be careful not to damage the root system. Use a shovel to dig around the tree, being careful not to damage the roots. Once you have dug up the tree, use a pruning saw to cut the roots.
Transport The Tree
The fourth step is to transport the tree to its new location. This can be done by wheelbarrow or garden cart – or a truck if you are moving it a long distance. Be careful not to jostle the tree too much during transport, as this can damage the roots.
We recommend wrapping the tree roots in a tarp for extra protection.
Plant The Tree In The New Hole
The fifth step is to plant the tree in the new hole. First, add some potting soil to the bottom of the hole. Then, carefully lower the tree into the hole. Once the tree is in the hole, fill in around it with potting soil. Use a rake or hoe to smooth out the soil around the tree.
Water The Tree
The sixth and final step is to water the tree. Water thoroughly, making sure to wet the entire root system. Be careful not to overwater, as this can damage the roots.
After you have transplanted the palm tree, be sure to keep an eye on it and water as needed. If you see any leaves wilting, give the tree extra water. With proper care, your palm tree will soon adjust to its new location and thrive!
Transplanting Large Palms
If you are transplanting a large palm tree, you will need to take some extra precautions. First, you will need to prepare the palm tree for transplanting by cutting the roots. Use a pruning saw to make sure you cut all the roots around the tree.
Next, you will need to dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the pot or garden bed that fit the larger tree.
Transplanting Small Palms
If you are transplanting a small palm tree, you can transplant it into the same size hole or even a pot. Just be sure to use potting soil and not garden soil. Garden soil is too heavy and can damage the roots of the small palm tree.
When transplanting a small palm tree, you will also need to take care not to damage the roots. Use a shovel to dig around the tree, being careful not to damage the roots. Once you have dug up the tree, use a pruning saw to cut the roots.
When transplanting any palm tree, be sure to water it thoroughly. Water the entire root system until the soil is wet. Be careful not to overwater, as this can damage the roots.
How Much Does It Cost To Move A Palm Tree
The average cost to transplant a palm tree is between $600 and $900. The cost will depend on the size of the tree and the distance it needs to be moved.
When you are ready to transplant your palm tree, we recommend hiring a professional. They will have the experience and equipment needed to safely transplant your palm tree. Hiring a professional also offers peace of mind, knowing that your palm tree is in good hands.
We hope this guide has been helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you transplant your palm tree!
Best Time of Year to Transplant Palm Trees
The best time of year to move a palm tree is in the early spring, before new growth begins. If you transplant the palm tree during this time, it will have a chance to root in before the summer heat arrives.
If you transplant the palm tree during the winter, there is a risk that it will not be able to take up water and will die. However, if you are transplanting a large palm tree, you may need to do it during the winter because of the size of the tree.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you move a palm tree without killing it?
The best way to move a palm tree without killing it is to cut the roots and transplant it during the early spring.
How deep should you dig the hole for a palm tree?
You should dig the hole for a palm tree twice as wide as the root ball, and just as deep.
What is the best time to transplant palm trees?
The best time of year to move a palm tree is in the early spring, before new growth begins.
What do you need to transplant a palm tree?
You will need a shovel, pruning saw, potting soil, watering can, wheelbarrow or garden cart, rake or hoe, pruning shears, stakes, hammer or mallet.