Approximately 3 years ago I planted a few Northern Catalpa seeds. And now I have one little catalpa tree. Right now it is growing in my garden soon to be (hopefully) surrounded by pumpkin and squash vines. I’ll have to make sure they don’t overtake the little fella. I planted in the garden area and left it marked just so it wouldn’t get trampled or mowed and because I really didn’t know where I wanted it’s permanent home to be.
It’s still small and therefore should be fairly easy to transplant but Northern Catalpas do have a taproot which can make for more difficult transplanting if it’s too mature. But, this taproot is also why catalpa are such adaptable and strong trees.
Basic rules for transplanting a tree
- Dig your new planting hole first (wide with sloping sides)
- Measure the diameter of the tree’s trunk, for every inch wide start digging 1 foot out from the trunk all the way around.
- Dig down 1-2 feet to get as many roots as possible.
- Take as much root and dirt as possible.
- If the root ball is large and the new hole nearby, try rolling it onto a sturdy rug and dragging it to the new planting hole.
- Place in new hole at same or higher level.
- Back fill with dirt and water well, continue with weekly waterings (about 1″ per week)