Moving Plants

Dear H!  

Many thanks for your message and I hope your plans for a rabbit exclusion zone in and around your proposed fruit cage work out; the way you intend to protect the cage once established certainly points to success!

With regard to moving and protecting your existing potted plants; even though you hope to have the rabbit population drastically reduced by the autumn, I'd recommend temporarily planting out the shrubs in a fertile soil enriched with plenty of well rotted compost. This mix should help retain water and setting up a ground level irrigation system (try our soaker hose) should help them through after a thorough initial watering. This then provides you with the opportunity to lift and replant in the autumn/winter (as long as the ground is not waterlogged or frozen) when the trees you mention will be dormant or less prone to stress when moving.