How to perform the Ginkgo transplant

A very common task required to perform by any farmer (expert and inexperienced) is transplantation. When a specimen cannot adapt to a specific area or the container becomes small, this action must be carried out. Also when we divide plants and we have to find a new place for it. Ultimately, the transplant is very important. Let’s see how it’s done. 



It is a daily task that consists of moving a plant from one place on the ground to another, either on the ground or in a pot. Note that the opposite action, transferring a potted plant to the ground is planting  (hence the importance of choosing the pot well ), although the work and execution are very similar.

As always, I will use photographs so that you can see the steps one by one, not those of Easter, those of transplanting.


I’m going to start with a Ginkgo biloba , tree of the forty shields ( perfect for xerogardening ). This man, tree where they exist, is a prehistoric relic without evolution, it is a relic, something unique. I will consult data because they are interesting, since a fossil leaf was discovered before the time of the dinosaurs and it is almost identical to the current one. However, his relatives date back some 270,000,000 years.

If you are curious to know more fossils like the one in this photograph, you can do so through this page .

The first tree that sprouted in Hiroshima , after the firecracker, was a Ginkgo today revered as a tree of hope. If you are entertained by the ceremony held every year there, you will see it.

I remember some specimens in Santiago de Compostela at the back of a convent garden. They were huge and some were shattered by a cyclone. There are also some in La Granja de Esporlas , a very cute town in the Sierra de Mallorca and their height exceeds 25 meters , I would even say that they reach 30 meters. I should have photographs and if I find them I will use them.

Those that are sold are usually male, since the fruit, although edible, smells bad. It is an exasperatingly slow growing tree , the one I am presenting is between 15 and 20 years old, and I fattened it for bonsai, fattening is a saying and we will see the final result.

Being deciduous we will do it cold, from December to February, which is the last moment. If necessary, the dates can be lengthened, even in summer, but it is already for expert hands. In summer, or with heat, trees or shrubs from warm areas or conifers such as pines, July or August are transplanted.

Our Ginkgo is on the ground, we can the branches that bother us to work , then we will finish the final pruning, and we make a ditch around it.

Around a ditch where we can see roots, all of them must be pruned so that the wound is as clean as possible.

We move it with a good lever and cut all the fat roots that are under the root ball. The sides too.

We move him to the operating table.

Different scissors are essential. Many branches or roots do not have the adequate consistency for large scissors and we crush, that produces a wound, with the smallest we can cut that type of branch or root.

We put in a pot and water . Remember to insert the earth in the holes, it is very important that the roots remain in contact with the earth, otherwise the humidity would not reach them and they would dry out, thus reducing the probability of rooting.

Now we have to wait.

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