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Moving fruit bushes

I have moved some fruit bushes from my late fathers garden and transplanted to my own the following day. I think gooseberry and raspberry and blackcurrant from what I can remember. I cut them back to about 4 feet. Do you think they will survive as I am unsure how much of the root I got. I also would like to ask you how do I kill grass around the bushes? evelyn1979, fermoy , Co Cork Posted: 07/03/2017

All of those fruits move easily, even with a relatively small rootball. Reducing their height helps them to recover. Just ensure they are not rocked by wind, and give each a bucket of water when there is a dry spell of a week or more, during spring and early summer, or until there are vigorous new shoots and leaves. Chop the grass away with a spade, or cover the grass with black polythene or old carpet to deprive the weeds of light.


Blackcurrant big bud

I get a small crop of blackcurrants by removing the big buds now. Is there any cure other than destroying the plants ? Hassey, , Co Cork Posted: 08/02/2017

Big bud mite is a tiny mite that feeds in the bud causing it to swell. These buds do not open flowers and removing the buds is a good solution, though not if you are removing nearly all of the buds. You can try cutting it to ground level, picking off rounded buds, or you can start again with the resistant variety 'Ben Hope'.


Move fruit bushes

When is the best time to move blackcurrant and raspberry bush they are too close together? olbie, Wexford, Co Wexford Posted: 05/02/2012


These fruit bushes can be moved at any time they have the leaves off, but ideally by mid-March.


problem with fruit bushes

I have gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes which have grown out. Can I cut them both back to the stump now and will this kill them? 250820111, ramelton, Co Donegal Posted: 25/08/2011


The blackcurrants could be cut back to the ground in December and then pruned each winter as normal.

The gooseberry should have a short stem from which five or six main branches radiate. It can be cut back to these, or choose these, cutting away all other shoots. Revert to normal pruning then.

Normal pruning at:  http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=356


  Diseases in blackcurrants

Diseases in blackcurrants

My blackcurrant bushes are looking very sick. The leaves have been discolouring and dying off for some weeks, and some fruiting shoots are now dead. The bushes cropped reasonably well, but they're under attack from something. The question is, what? 070520081, Arklow, Co Wicklow Posted: 09/08/2011


That looks like leaf spot disease, which starts low on the plant and works its way up. Collect and destroy the leaves to reduce the carryover to next year.


Out of control blackcurrant bushes

I've inherited some blackcurrant bushes which had a very poor yield this year. The branches are 5-6 feet long & very mature. How do I get control of the bushes & increase yield & still have a crop next year? FruitMad, New Ross, Co Wexford Posted: 04/08/2011


Prune them in the normal way, taking out some old branches and leaving the new ones to fruit. Doing this on an annual basis reduces the sizes of the bushes after three years. Pruning can be done in winter when it is easier to see the branches, but can be done at any time after picking fruit.

You can cut back in winter right to ground level and miss a year's fruiiting but get them under control.


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