Joylynn Hardesty wrote:I was once told to dig up 10 times the diameter of the trunk. So in your example, dig up 20 inches diameter.
Except when trying to move pecan trees, doing this has always been successful for me. Nut trees have very deep tap roots, even at a young age. Any attempts now are reseverved for under 6 inches in height. I rarely notice them at that height though. I also just move the ones I see, and leave them to chance... I have not monitored them after my first three apparant successes. Three is enough for my space.
Back to mulberries... I've read the roots of mulberry trees stay in the top 24 inches of soil. So, 20x20x24. That is going to be a heavy root ball. I hope you can find a pot that size... Alternately, some folk use weed barrier cloth as a pot, wrapped around the root bll. this works as a root pruning container, keeping the roots from growing too long and circleing the inside of the pot.
How long do you expect to hold the tree before replanting it in the ground? If it will just be a few days, wraping the root ball in burlap would be a good plan. Do keep it watered until planting.
Jane Marr wrote:
I'm not entirely sure when we'll be able to transplant it, as we were wanting to transport it to a new plot entirely, hopefully within the next 2 weeks. We did find a 30" diameter pot to have it in for the time being. Will that be adequate? Would wrapping still be a good idea?
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:From what I've read, mulberry grows incredibly well from cuttings. If you're not able to dig enough out, another option would be to take as many branches and live twigs as you can get from it, and plant those as cuttings.