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Transplanting shrubs


by Jane Moore

Now it's warmed up a little I can finally get on with a few jobs.


jm_transplantingAccording to the papers it's been the coldest start to December for 30 years - an average of only 1.7° C.

The cold weather has hopefully killed a lot of pests, but I've not been able to get on with many of my jobs on the plot. I've not been able to dig the soil, mulch my beds or dig in manure or compost .

But now it's warmed up a little I can finally get on with a few jobs. In fact this weather is perfect for moving plants. The combination of moist, warm soil, dormant plants and no wind is ideal.

I've got a couple of gooseberry bushes that arrived in spring. Bare root and vulnerable, they were crying out to be planted straight away. I could have planted them in pots while deciding on a permanent spot for them. This would have been the sensible option and they would have been quite happy. Instead, I just bunged them in where I thought best and now I need to move them.

This weekend, I shall transplant them, by digging them up, ensuring I cause as little damage to the roots as possible. I'll move them swiftly to their new home, firming the soil around the roots with my boot as I backfill the hole. I always water the roots thoroughly afterwards, although sometimes when it's raining I'm not sure it's necessary.



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Gardeners' World Web User 11/11/2009 at 20:28

IN MY ALLOTMENT THERE IS A BORDER THAT GOSE ALLAROUND THE ALLOTMENT AND THE GIRLS THAT RUN IT PUT IN A LOAD OF SHRUBS THAT THEY GOT FROM A GARDEN CENTRE BUT THEY NEVER TENDED TO THEM AND THE WEEDS TOOK OVER AND THEY NEVER GOT GOING SO I TOOK CUTINGS FROM THEM AND THE ONES THAT ARE SUFERING I TOOK OUT AND POTED THEM UP AND PRUND THEM AND THEN GUST HOPE THAT THEY WOOD CUME BACK IT MUST HAVE COST THEM A LOAD OF MONEY IT IS VERY SAD THAT THIS AS HAPEND IT COULD BE SPENT ON BETTER THINGS

Gardeners' World Web User 20/06/2010 at 19:02

All the garden books, advice sites say shrubs should be transplanted in Autumn or Winter. I have moved loads of shrubs around in Spring and Summer (never in winter) and not lost one yet! Why dont they tell people this when they ask?

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:37

bought two goosberry bushes last year looked like a couple of sprigs gave them a clip at the back end will i get fruit this year

Sandra Blakebrough 05/03/2012 at 10:10

Can I move a wintersweet now? was planted in wrong position