How & Why

Can You Move a Fig Tree?

One of the things that can happen as a fig tree matures is that it becomes too large and heavy to be moved. However, if you’re diligent about monitoring your fig tree and keep it trimmed appropriately, you may find that you’re able to perform the move without much difficulty. Here’s what to do.

First of all, make sure your fig tree has been properly pruned and cut back for at least a year or two before attempting the move. This will ensure it goes through a resting phase where no new growth occurs; which is necessary for any type of transplanting project like this one.

Choose the right time of year for the move. Avoid winter, which is tough on plants and tough on people moving them. Instead, choose a spring or summer time with warm weather, little rain or wind and no threat of frost.

If it’s your backyard, you might consider waiting until after the first frosts in fall to move the tree out of the ground. This will help it survive with less stress during transport. If you’re moving it into a location that’s already planted in trees, just follow the directions that came with your artificial plant.

Now is also a good time to consider whether or not you want to dig up any roots that might be under the tree while you’re moving it.

Can a fig tree be transplanted?

A fig tree is a tree that grows figs and is part of the Moraceae family. So, in order to transplant a fig tree, it has to be at least one year old and you have to wait until the current season for when it’s time to transplant such as after fall or winter when there’s less risk of damage from frost.

When’s the best time to transplant a fig tree?

The best times to transplant a fig tree are during the spring or summer with warm weather. The movable time of year for transplanting is after the first frost in fall. Another consideration is whether or not you need to remove roots prior to disposing of the fig tree.