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transplanting lemon trees

I have 3-4 four foot tall lemon trees that I would like to move to the other side of my house. Any suggestions? I really don't want them to die.

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I don't know if this applies to lemon trees (or trees in general) so get a second opinion... Ive heard that the younger the plant the better chance of survival with replanting. I bought a lemon tree from home depot about a month ago....it was about the size of yours and its FINALLY starting to take off. Some leaves have died or turned yellow and I was a little worried but the last couple of weeks its been producing new leaves and is looking great. I think youll be fine... just be careful. I hope some of this was helpful. Good luck!

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I don't know where you are located but in my climate we transplant in the Spring.

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This short article tells you all about transplanting trees.

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Well that fall/ spring stuff is more about deciduous trees in cold winter climates. I think for lemon trees which are ever-bearing, in climates without much frost (I'm not sure where colton is, but you wouldn't be growing lemons in a wintry climate), I think winter is the best time to transplant it. The idea of the fall spring stuff is you transplant deciduous trees when they are dormant. Winter is the slowest growing time for the lemon tree, so that's when to transplant it.

Remove any fruit on the tree, so it can focus on growing more roots. Dig the hole where it is going first, so you don't let the tree roots sit in air for any longer than to move them from one hole to the next and preferably wrap them in burlap or something while you do that. Dig the tree out with a root ball as wide as the dripline of the tree. Plant it so that it is at the same level it was. Water in well and you can put some rooting hormone in the first watering. After that mulch well, keep well watered, but NOT soggy.

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