Plants experience some degree of shock when transplanted. If proper growing conditions are met, the plant will rebound and begin to produce new growth within a few weeks. Lack of water, cold temperatures or improper planting methods can cause severe transplant shock. Plants suffering from shock have stunted growth and yellowed or brown leaves. To help plants recover from shock, keep them watered so the soil is evenly moist, but not soggy, and provide protection from the wind and extreme temperatures.
Things You'll Need
- Sprinkler or hose
- Cloches or floating row covers
Water the soil at least weekly during dry conditions. Inadequate watering is one of the most common reasons for shock. Water with a drip line, sprinkler system or slow flowing hose. Most plants need 1 inch of water per week to thrive. Water slightly less if the soil is heavy clay, which holds water well. Water slightly more if the soil is sandy because water leaches out quickly.
Place cloches or floating row covers over plants if temperatures dip. Tender annuals, perennials and warm-season vegetables, such as tomatoes, beans and squash, don't tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Providing some protection from the cold will help them rebound from shock.
Remove any dead or yellowed leaves, but do prune the plant heavily, which will add to its distress.