How to transplant treelings?


Ok my mom has a beautiful magnolia tree in front yard and I found some small treelings growing and wondering are they coming from the original tree & or if able how could I safely uproot these treelings so I can plant them in her back yard? Hope I explained this well what I'm asking!? There looks like 3 diffrent treelings!

q transplanting help


q transplanting help


q transplanting help


  4 answers
  • Gently loosen and remove soil around them using a hand rake or even you fingers. Try to get as much of the root loosened as you can and gently lift the new plant, you can pull gently on the roots too so that you recover as much as possible. I don't know much about Magnolia trees but this is how I would do it for my trees that send up shoots. You can buy a product called rooting hormone at hardware store or garden center, dip the stem in it and plant in soft, loose soil at the same height in was in the soil where you removed it from. Water in well and see if it will take root in the new home you chose. Good luck.

  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on May 30, 2019

    These look more like suckers (there are many names for these). They are sprouting from buds on the trunk. More than likely they have no roots. On the off chance they aren't suckers use a shovel and carefully move soil away from the sprouts. If they have roots you need to preserve as many as you can especially the tap root (main root)

    • Heather Kuder Heather Kuder on Jun 23, 2019

      Well I moved around the dirt and with them being so close to the trunk. They looked like they were attached to the tree! So that sucks big time! If I was able to up root sprouts. Then they would be further away from the trunk correct?

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    • Rose/Miros Rose/Miros on May 31, 2019

      You can't tell until you get in there and poke around.

  • William William on May 31, 2019

    Like Rose says. You need to poke around in there. If it's connected to the tree but has it's own roots it can be cut out and planted. Won't hurt the tree.

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