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Help in Transplanting Wild Plum Bushes

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Lawyerman:
I have decided to try and transplant some wild plum bushed. These bushes are fairly common in this area- that's one of the reasons I want to transplant some into my yard- I KNOW they will grow here and thrive. Typically you find them near a source of water however intermittent it might be.

How would I go about digging up some wild bushes and planting them without killing them? When would be the best time etc.....

SouthernLiving:
I've never worked with plum bushes, but they should be similar to berry bushes as far as transplanting goes.

Now is a good time while they are still dormant.  The nice thing about transpanting bushes is that you can split off several separate plantings from one large bush.  Just make sure you have plenty of root to go with a modestly sized portion of the plant above grade.  Don't worry about getting a huge bush on the top of the ground as soon as you plant it; a single trunk about 1/2" in diameter will be easier for the roots to maintain as it is getting established in a new home.  The root system can be split with a hatchet.

If there are young shoots coming up near the base of the parent bush you can sever the connecting roots and only transplant that single shoot.  Much easier than digging and moving a mature plant.

Lawyerman:
Thank you.  I will see what I can dig up this weekend!

ebonearth:

--- Quote from: Lawyerman on January 08, 2009, 12:03:05 PM ---Thank you.  I will see what I can dig up this weekend!
--- End quote ---
How did this go? I'd love to see if you had any success with it. I find transplanting fruit trees to be such a challenge!

Lawyerman:
STILL have not done this. I am going to make a try at it tonight. We'll see how it goes.

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