How to Transplant a Ginkgo Tree

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The ginkgo tree or maidenhair fern, is a popular ornamental tree widely known for its use in medicinal tinctures and traditional herbal treatments. The ginkgo tree is also loved for its historical connection, as it is a direct descendant of trees which grew 200 million years ago-it is sometimes known as the "Living Fossil" tree.

Despite its great age, the ginkgo tree comes in many varieties, and is often regarded as an ideal ornamental tree. While most of the ginkgo tree family reach up to 30 feet tall, small ginkgo trees have been developed, which means that any size backyard can now contain the beautiful ginkgo tree.

Transplanting the Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgos are extremely adaptable, and grow in many soils; the ginkgo will be happy with virtually any soil, although it prefers a moist area with plenty of sun.

Step 1 - Roots

The ginkgo tree can be either dug from an existing place, or purchased from a garden center. Ginkgo trees bought from stores usually come wrapped in plastic bags which are sealed with wire, so before transplanting the ginkgo tree, remove the wire with cutters, and remove the bag gently from around the root ball.

If you are moving the Ginkgo from one area to another in the garden, be sure to dig the root ball some distance from the base of the tree-the hole should be at least 2 feet across (or more), depending upon the height of the tree. Ensure that all roots are taken from the soil.

Step 2 - Location

When digging a hole for the ginkgo tree, consider how tall the tree is likely to be; planting too near to houses or other large trees can cause problems.

Step 3 - Digging the Hole

The hole should be about twice the width of the root ball, and just as deep. The soil at the edges of the hole should be 'cut' with a spade, in order to allow the ginkgo tree roots to work their way through.

Step 4 - Planting the Ginkgo Tree

  • Place the tree upright in the middle of the hole, and, using your fingers, carefully divide the roots.
  • Push them down into the hole.
  • The very top of the ginkgo tree's root ball should be slightly higher than the surrounding soil.
  • Now is the time to move the ginkgo tree into its final position; put its best side towards the window.

Step 5 - Watering

  • Fill the hole with remaining soil up to half-way.
  • Water thoroughly, and allow the soil and the ginkgo tree root ball to absorb the water before the next stage.
  • When the water is gone, put more soil on, until the hole is almost full.
  • Water, and leave overnight, to allow the ginkgo tree to 'settle' in its new home.

Step 6 - Mulch

The following day, water again, and add mulch to fill the top of the whole-a small gap in the mulch should be left around the base, in order to prevent fungus. The use of water in the stages of filling helps to eliminate air pockets in the soil.

Step 7 - Finishing Up

Once the tree is planted, water and add mulch regularly for the first year, until the Ginkgo roots are properly grown into the soil.

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