The Q&A Archives: Transplant Shock

Question: I recently have had quite a few evergreens transplanted to a new home. I have been watering them since they were transplanted two weeks ago but there is quite a bit of yellow leaves dropping off. My landscaper said they are in a state of shock and that putting Miracle Gro on them would burn them up and just be patient. I am concerned that they need something more.

Answer: Your landscaper gave you good advice. The majority of plants will suffer from transplant shock, which often shows up as leaves that yellow and fall off. Fertilizer forces a plant to grow, which isn't a good idea when it's under stress. Allow the plant's root system to establish itself. In addition, don't overwater. Overwatering can also show up as yellow leaves. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, surrounding and slightly beyond the entire root zone. Plant roots need oxygen as well, and if spaces between soil particles are completely filled with water, there's no room for oxygen. Plants do try to teach us patience! Good luck.

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