Asked on Aug 5, 2020

Uprooted Apple Tree?

Simple Nature DecorDeb KCynthia H


Hi all

Hurricane Isaias uprooted my Apple tree. 🍏

Is it worth saving? Tips?

Thank you! 🙂

18 answers
    on Aug 5, 2020

    It’s worth a try! It looks like some of the roots haven’t broken. I’d stand it up and stake it and bury the roots. Hope it works!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Aug 5, 2020

    I agree it is totally worth a try! I would expand the hole it came out of and carefully stand it back up and rebury it. You might want to stake it down to help it stay up.

  • Redcatcec
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Yes, replant it. It looks like a fairly young tree which the root system is still being established, Bury the roots as best you can and hold it in place by staking it to give it every advantage you can. You might loose a few branches in the process, but well worth the effort to save it.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Aug 5, 2020


    Yes, Re-plant it. Add root booster in the hole and around the roots to get it off the starting blocks. Then stake it . Best wishes

  • Absolutely, give it a try. Be sure to stake it after it;s replanted.

  • Mogie
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Large Trees

    If a large tree is uprooted, there is little that you can do to save it. Large trees have extensive root systems that not only draw water and nutrients from the soil but also anchor the weight of the tree's trunk and branches. Uprooting does significant damage to this root system, and the remaining intact roots are not sufficient to anchor the tree or draw in the water and nutrients the tree needs. Significant breaks in the limbs and trunk may occur when the tree makes contact with the ground as well, opening it up to moisture loss, insects and infection. For very large trees, the sheer size and weight if the tree may prohibit you from being able to get the tree upright again.

    Small Trees

    While smaller trees suffer damage when uprooted just as large trees do, they do not have as massive of a root structure, so a larger portion of the tree's roots remains intact in the uprooted root ball. Similarly, the smaller size of the tree results in less damage to the trunk and branches since there is not as much mass and weight present when the tree falls. This does not mean that all small trees will survive being uprooted, but with proper care a small uprooted tree does have a chance of recovery.


    Replanting an uprooted tree must be done carefully to avoid doing further damage to the tree's roots and branches. Lift the tree back to its original position, avoiding twisting or turning the tree if possible so that you don't further damage the roots. Pack soil around the exposed roots as you move the tree and apply plenty of water; this ensures that the roots don't have air pockets around them that will cause them to dry out over time. To support the tree, install two or more stakes outside of the root zone so you can run guy lines around the tree from different directions.

    Care and Recovery

    Once replanted, the amount of care that you give a tree plays a major role in whether or not it recovers. Prune the tree to remove any broken branches, but don't remove more from the tree than is necessary. Give the tree sufficient water, but avoid fertilizing the tree during the healing process. Wait until the tree has established its roots and new growth starts the following year before adding fertilizer or pruning the tree to help it regain its shape.

  • Betsy
    on Aug 6, 2020

    Hi Charlene: Well, you've got nothing to lose by trying. I'd remove the tree from the hole and wrap the roots in burlap and keep it wet. Then, completely, redig the hole larger than needed and add some amendments and a bit of fertilizer. Then, I'd fill the hole with water, let it sit for an hour to sink into the ground. Be sure the bottom and sides of the hole are not smooth, the roots will need something to grab onto when they start growing. Then water the roots and maybe sprinkle some root tone on them and replant the tree just as deep as it was originally. Put 3 stakes into the ground angling away from the tree and tie the tree to the stakes. If you have old pieces of hose to put around the ropes at the tree to keep them from digging into the wood, that would be great. Good luck

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Aug 6, 2020

    Hi Charlene, sorry you had to go thru an hurricane, hope you are doing good. It wouldn't hurt to try saving your tree, but it may not make it. Hope this information helps you. Good luck. Stay safe.

    Trees spread their roots deep and wide, and uprooting breaks a number of these roots. Not all uprooted trees can be saved, but in some cases you may successfully revive the tree by replanting it. Even those successfully replanted trees can suffer transplant shock, however, so post-replanting care is very important.Dec 14, 2018

    Can an Uprooted Tree Be Replanted? | Home Guides | SF Gate › Garden › Soil Care

  • Em
    on Aug 6, 2020

    I had my smoke tree upended TWICE. I stood it back up, anchored it by using old garden hose wrapped around it so not to scar the bark. You can even feed the rope thru a piece of hose where it wraps around the trunk. Attach rope to stakes and pound into the ground going outward to hold the tree in place in at least 3 directions until the roots establish themselves again.

  • Cheryl A
    on Aug 6, 2020

    You should be able to save it by replanting and giving it a support of some sort. Cut off the dead branches and sit her back up in her hold. Good luck to you

  • Morgan McBride
    on Aug 6, 2020

    I say it can't hurt to try!

  • Maura White
    on Aug 6, 2020

    I say its worth a try, but you totally need to brace and anchor it in hopes that the roots regrow and take hold once again! If it doesn't work, then you can buy a replacement tree and have a bonfire with it. So sad to see the circle of life - Nature destroys trees we need, but we are able to replant if needed!

  • Zard Pocleeb
    on Aug 7, 2020


  • Cynthia H
    on Aug 7, 2020

    Hi! You may have to cut it back so you can replant it and support it with padded rope tied off to stakes. It's a good time to move it if you need to. Apple trees are usually pretty tough. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Deb K
    on Aug 7, 2020

    Hi, happy you are okay! For sure, replant it and maybe give it some fertilizer to get it boosted, can't hurt to try!

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