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Moving fruit trees and currant bushes

There is probably a better time but can I move currant bushes over next few weeks and a cherry tree. There aren't any cherries on the tree.


  • Think it depends on how big the plants are for the currants and why do you need to move the cherry? The dry spell isn't helping any transplanting.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    The currants aren't huge I cut back and prune  each year. I've 3 and happy to lose one.

    I've two cherry and two pear which I've tried to train  unsucessfully and now want to grow then as uprights but they are to close together
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,174
    Can you not wait until November when they’re sure to be dormant?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    The question is can they be moved before they are dormant, I realise now isn't the best time...
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,656
    It's a huge risk and best not attempted with the stress they've had this summer and a dry spring in many areas too.   
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,649
    edited August 2022
    If you absolutely must try moving them before they're dormant, make sure they are thoroughly watered over several days beforehand so that the soil is moist right down to the bottom of the roots, prepare the new planting hole before lifting the plants and soak that too, and move as big a block of soil around the roots as you can (manoevring a sheet of plastic or something under the rootball might help to lift it without the soil crumbling away), then make sure they don't dry out after transplanting.
    Even doing all that there's a big risk that they'll die so if you can manage to wait until winter, that would be the best approach.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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