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Hi all, I am quite new to gardening and to this forum. My husband bought me the David Austin Charlotte Rose Shrub for our 4th wedding anniversary. He bought it just before the lock down and it had a few green leaves on it then. The gentleman in the garden centre advised us that the rose can stay in its original pot for a couple of months. I planted the rose this week and it now looks like this.... I'm hoping I haven't killed it and I'm hoping you can all give me some advice and suggestions on what I can do to bring her back to life. 
Many thanks 


  • It doesn’t seem to have much life in it to be honest! If it’s had a good drink and a feed as well as being potted on it should do well but can’t see that rose doing much.

    its very hard to kill off a rose completely I’ve found, does it have any sign of growth at all? Even right at the base?
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,311
    I am sorry but it's dead.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    I must agree it doesn't look too clever. I would try cutting back the left hand shoot down to just above the bud and see if the wood is green or brown. You could try the fingernail test, gently scrape the bark with your nail to see if it's green underneath. 
  • gjautosgjautos Posts: 394
    It does look dead I'm afraid. Don't David Austin roses have a 5 year guarantee? I could be wrong as i haven't bought any, i buy elsewhere. 
  • oooftoooft Posts: 191
    I'd send the photo and text to David Austen, pretty sure they'll replace it. Unless you bought it elsewhere, just email whomever you bought it from the same stuff. People pay a premium for this brand, it's got to hold up to your expectations
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    It does appear to be dead. Most reputable garden centres offer a plant guarantee, a year or my local offers a two year guarantee. Find your receipt, put it back into its original purchase pot and when you can return it for a refund or exchange.
     It was obviously a bareroot rose as they will advise you to keep them in the pot for a few months to form roots. Sometimes bare root roses do fail, even David Austin's.  I've had a few fail over the years, Jude the Abscure, LD Braithwaite, Susan William Ellis. I've returned them all for a refund.
     My son bought me a DA rose last year as a gift as a bare root from DA online. It failed, stems all died back over the season until there was only one sickly stem left. He's just been given a refund for the full amount and p&p charges.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    @Lucybarrow_21, info for you.
    I would contact the garden centre (assuming they're open) and see what they say.
    Also -
    "David Austin Roses offers a 5 year guarantee and life time support for any rose ordered directly from David Austin Roses. This means that if anything is wrong with your rose within the first 5 years we will be happy to discuss helping get your rose flourishing or a replacement if necessary, just call 01902 376300."
    Although it wasn't purchased directly from them, they may be able to advise.
    Hope these replies have been of some help  :)
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