Transplanting a Dwarf Peach Tree
Before transplanting a Dwarf Peach Tree, it is important to consider some general guidelines. Trees often fail to transplant due to water loss, but if properly transplanted, they can flourish and grow. Before you begin, consider the size of the tree. If the tree is smaller and has only been in the ground for a short time, the risk of hurting the tree is much less than a well-rooted and older tree. The time of year is a factor as well. The ground should not be too brittle, but the tree should still be dormant, with a few buds at most.
Digging Out the Tree
Begin by spaying straight down in a circle around the trunk in order to collect most of the root ball. Follow by watering. In 2 to 3 days, continue this same process but attempt to dig a little deeper so that you can get the entirety of the root ball. After waiting another 2 to 3 days remove the Dwarf Peach tree entirely, wrapping the roots in something that will keep them intact. The bigger the size of the root ball; the better.
Preparing the Tree's New Home
Choose a new location for the tree with similar soil quality and light source. Dig a hole slightly wider than that of the tree's root ball and prepare it with a very small amount of time release fertilizer. Make sure the area is moist and will allow the transplanted tree to regain the water it loses during the transplanting process.
Place the Dwarf Peach tree in its new hole, cover the roots with well-packed dirt, and water consistently. It is best to continue watering once a week if there is no rain. It may take a full season for the transplanted tree to bloom again.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
If the tree has put out leaves prior to transplanting you may consider stripping off the Dwarf Peach tree's leaves completely before moving it to its new location. The main reason any transplanted tree dies during the transplanting process is usually shock due to water loss, which occurs when a trees roots are cut. The Dwarf Peach tree is as susceptible to this ailment as any other tree. Maintain a constant watering schedule to allow maximum growth. Trees lose a majority of their water through leaves. The defoliation will not affect the tree permanently-- the leaves will reappear next season.
Though some tree fruits require cross-pollination peach trees are self-fruitful. If the tree remains hydrated and has ample access to sunlight you will be enjoying juicy homegrown peaches in no time.