I bought a rose a few months ago but after planting it, the stem has just turned brown and it looks dead. The main stem used to feel dense and solid, but now it feels hollow when you tap it and bends, feeling as though it will snap cleanly like a dry dead stick.
It was the kind of rose that's been cut almost down to the ground so when you plant it there's just a couple of inches of stem above the ground, then you have to wait for the rose bush to grow almost from scratch.
Nothing else has appeared on the surface since, so is this rose completely dead or is there any chance that something's still going on in the root and it may grow new stems next year?
Dead. Take it back and ask for a replacement'
Sounds final to me
In the sticks near Peterborough
Yes, take it back to where you got it from - if they're any good they should replace it. If they don't, you won't buy from them again
Thanks for the replies. I was hoping there was still a spark in the root, but there you go.
I bought it from Lidl, and probably won't take it back because of the hassle of explaining to them the problem. And they have no replacements now.
I bought two for £5. The other one is alive and has produced two roses this year so far, after planting in March. The annoying thing about that one is that it's not the colour or variety that was shown on the packet. I usually like Lidl for their gardening stuff, but haven't been lucky with these roses.
Out of interest, will the rose feed and blood fish & bone I mixed into the soil when I planted the dead rose in a pot still be active if no plant has been consuming it, or will it have all broken down by now?