When transplanting in season, do dead leaves signify a dead plant? A friend insisted on us digging up her althea and taking it to our house in the spring of this year. All of the leaves and blooms died and the plant looks dead. Can the adult shrub be revived?
The Rose of Sharon is likely suffering from a bit of shock, which is normal as the plant acclimates. You can cut it back some to alleviate some of the stress so that the plant can focus its energy on root establishment. This article will help with pruning: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/flower/pruning-rose-of-sharon.htm