Transplanting Mature Rose of Sharons
I posted this on the Hibiscus forum, but there doesn't look to be much action over there.
So the ad read Free, Rose of Sharon, must dig. I checked, and there were 5 mature ROS shrubs that needed to be dug out this weekend, or the contractors will be cutting them down on Monday.
Lucky me, digging out, transporting and replanting 5 large shrubs in one weekend.
The 5 are all 5-6 feet tall, look very green and healthy. They were located in front of a porch, in a strip about 2-3 feet between the porch and walkway. Not a great place for catching water. Decent soil up top, but the bottoms of the rootballs were in clay/rock from the initial construction. Now having dug them out, I was surprised that the leaves were drooping within an hour of their being dug. Is this normal?
I realize this isn't the ideal time to transplant anything, but I'm wondering what the chances of the shrubs doing well with consistent watering, etc. are. Any Hibiscus or ROS specific comments are very welcome.