Transplant currants to another location

Transplant currants to another location

Does it make sense to transplant the shrub?

Before transplanting currant bushes, consider whether it is actually worth moving. Shrubs that are more than 15 years old rarely bear berries.

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After transplanting, you can only harvest a few currants in the first few years. It takes two to three years for the currants to be as productive as they were before they were transplanted.

You should therefore only move currant bushes if they are younger plants.

The best time to move

It is best to transplant your currant bushes in autumn. Then the soil is nice and moist and doesn't dry out as quickly.

If you wait until spring, the shrub will need a lot more maintenance. In addition, the currants have poorer roots.

The individual steps for transplanting currants

  • Dig a new planting hole
  • Refine the soil with compost
  • Dig up currant bush
  • Prune roots and shoots
  • Put in the planting hole
  • Fill up with compost and press down
  • Water well

Tips for moving

Generously dig out the new planting hole. It should be larger in diameter than the root ball of the shrub.

Use the spade to cut out a circle around the currant. It should be larger than the diameter of the bush.

Lift the plant out of the ground with a digging fork and make sure that you dig up as many roots as possible.

Prune currants

Remove all shoots except for the annual branches. You don't have to prune the shrub until the second year.

Only shorten the roots a little so that the plant retains sufficient roots.

Place the currants in the new location with plenty of soil from the old planting hole.

Tips & Tricks

Transplanting older currants is usually not worthwhile. Just pull cuttings from your shrub. The propagation takes place via cuttings or subsidence. This will give you new currant bushes of your high-yielding variety that will produce berries for many years to come.