Fall planting of a paper birch tree

Asked September 10, 2016, 11:10 AM EDT

Please advise me on the time period one can plant a birch tree in the fall and the correct steps on how to do this. I live in Fergus Falls, MN, and would like to replant a 4 foot tall paper birch tree. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Otter Tail County Minnesota paper birch fall planting horticulture

1 Response

Birch are better transplanted in the spring, but you might be able to transplant your tree now. Wait until it drops its leaves and goes dormant. I will give you some good references below on how to do this. Some key things to remember:

Take as large a rootball as you can manage.
Water, water, water.
Keep the time the tree is out of the ground to an absolute minimum.
Plant to the proper depth.

Here are references:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/planting-and-transplanting-trees-and-sh...
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/part1transplanting_preparingthemove.p...
https://myminnesotawoods.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/part2transplanting_makingthemove.pdf