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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:41 pm    Post subject: Moving fruit bushes? Reply with quote

Hi,
I have an allotment that due to time constraints ( baby number 2 on the way!!) I will not be able to keep up with this year.
I have 2 blueberry bushes, a Gooseberry bush and 6 redcurrant bushes I would like to move from the allotment to my garden. Is there a certain time I should move them?should I have already moved them? will they be easy to move? will they suffer? what is the best way to move them?

I also have 2 Rhubarb crowns to move any advice would be greatly recieved.
Many thanks
Loo.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a few Fruit plants in aldi or lidl at the end of last year.
They came in about 3 inch pots so I put them into about 8 inch pots and left them in the poly tunnel for the winter, I'm now wondering when would be the best time for me to put them outside and will they need some bit of hardening off ???
I'm guessing they should be OK as the tunnel wasn't the warmest this winter ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Move them quick, while they are still relatively dormant. Dig all around the bushes, a few inches from the farthest twigs, then carefully undercut the root ball with a spade. Move the rootballs onto old sheets, or similar, and tie up to protect all the roots and soil. Then replant to the original level, adding compost, as soon as possible. Prune the bushes, to encorage root development.

Rhubarb is easy- follow the procedure outlined above, but if the crowns are very big, you can split them up to increase your stock and save your back. These will need lots more compost/rotted manure, and will benefit from a fairly thick mulch as well.

@56knatas: Check that they have rooted properly, to the bottom of the pot. If so, I'd plant them now. The polytunnel will make them leaf early, which would need to be hardened off, as opposed to the cold outside delaying leaves for longer. It will do no harm to harden off outside in the day for a week or two if you're worried.
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