Asked on May 6, 2012

My roses died in a span of 2 days after i planted them. What could have i done wrong?

Mimi HaywoodTeresa BJacqueline W


My roses are dry and looks unhealthy after i planted them. But i followed the instructions on how to plant and care for them.
7 answers
  • Mary T
    on May 6, 2012

    Did the whole bush die or just the flowers? And did you put water in the hole and let it soak into the ground before filling the hole with the dirt? And did you also water the dirt around the rose in the pot before placing in the hole? Mary Thompson (Hester, LA)

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on May 7, 2012

    Can you give us a bit more information on your Roses? Were they shipped to you bare root or did you purchase them locally? What size are your plants? They probably are not really dead from two days unless something went terribly wrong or they were problematic before prior to purchase. But we need more details in order to help you assess the problem and maybe SAVE your roses.

  • Gynarchy B
    on May 7, 2012

    they are smooth touch tornless roses purchased at home depot. one gallon each rose bush. they are not so matured or big when i bought them but they were beautiful. no, i did not water the wholes mary t. i did not even water the pot before putting the roses on the wholes. but i did water after planting. they seem so dead. but the branches are not completely brown. but weak looking. what can i do to save them? thanks so much to both of you.

  • Beverly P
    on May 8, 2012

    I would water them slowly, for like an hour, and see what happens. I have transplanted many roses ans even if they look bad for a few days they always seem to perk up. Roses are pretty forgiving, if after about two weeks they still look this way, take them back to Home Depot, they wil replace them.. Next time, seeing as you are in GA, try to wait till an overcast or cooler day to plant, if you can't then make sure you water them well to keep the roots cool and hydrated. Good luck gardening!

  • Jacqueline W
    on May 9, 2012

    Make sure another rose didn't there.

  • Teresa B
    on May 9, 2012

    i dont know how you watered them but i killed a whole bunch of stuff because we have a whole house water softner and you can not use that water it keeps a bit of salt in it i am told and kills all plants

  • Mimi Haywood
    on May 17, 2015

    I always soak roses for at least 24hrs. in a large container such as a five gallon bucket with a water solution using a rooting anti-shock product which hydrates the entire plant and supplies the plant with needed enzymes. There are many to choose from at Lowes, Home Depot and gardening centers. It gives you added insurance to promote faster rooting and plant health, I would recommend all new to gardening to use this solution as per direction on all newly planted items.

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