New Transplant Rose of Sharon's leaves are yellow & dropping.

"I planted a Rose of Sharon ten days ago. It was in bloom with many buds and beautiful when I took it from it's container. I planted it correctly and it gets 6=8 hrs. of western sun. I'm in zone 7, western NC, but really zone 5 when you account for the mtn. winds (4,000 feet). The leaves have turned yellow & fall off the shrub with a touch. I hope you tell me the plant is in shock and will live. Or tell me how I can keep it from dying. Thanks"
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The yellow leaves are likely from transplant shock and insufficient moisture. The plant may need watering daily when first transplanted, because the roots are confined to the old root ball. So you need to water it as you would a plant in a container. As the roots expand  into the surrounding soil, you can gradually water less frequently.


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