J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Hi all,

I ordered the gorgeous ' For Your Eyes Only' rose bareroot from J Parkers. It turned up in March looking, as bare root roses do, like a twig.

Moving on three months and it still looks like the picture below.

I have a number of roses and they're all showing loads of new growth (including new plants). I contacted customer services and got a shirty one line response saying 'it's not dead as I can see shoots'.

I've bought another one today from the garden centre, and it looks really healthy with loads of buds.

I'm not happy - my whole order from J Parkers wasn't great quality.

Has anyone experienced similar?

Many thanks

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,213

    I bought a Buddleja from them once - it didn't survive and I would never buy anything from them again.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241

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    Email them and let them know, they can be quite helpful>

    Their bulbs, corms etc are good, but bare-root perennials roses shrubs are total crap, we bought a lot for the gardening society a few years back, as I said before, total crap, never again!

    Also post on here, it lets others know!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,213
    Clematiscrazy says:

    Hi all,

    I ordered the gorgeous ' For Your Eyes Only' rose bareroot from J Parkers. It turned up in March looking, as bare root roses do, like a twig.

    Moving on three months and it still looks like the picture below.

    I have a number of roses and they're all showing loads of new growth (including new plants). I contacted customer services and got a shirty one line response saying 'it's not dead as I can see shoots'.

    Jimmmy, Clematiscrazy has already said she contacted them

     

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Thanks for the responses... it's a shame others have had similar experiences, but I will leave a poor review.

    I was thinking about getting some tulip bulbs from there, but I'll look elsewhere now.

  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444

    The only tulips I had flower this year were freebies from jparkers. All my old ones came up blind.

    i have just had a delivery of bare root host as from them. Nice big healthy roots which should grow well.

    maybe I am lucky or you were just unlucky but I have ordered lots from them hydranger, daphne and various bare roots but no roses and they have all been good.

    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 2,169

    I have to say I have been pleased with my plants from parkers and the prices are very reasonable. Just don't get me started on Thompson and Morgan or their sister company Van Meuwen!!!!

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,262

    This is what they advertise 

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    yours needs pruning, should have done it before but you'll have to do it now, cut the dead bits off and prune the rest down to healthy leaf shoots, that tall bit is of no use, that will kick start it into growing. Not a good idea to leave the dead bits on the ground.

    ive always had Parkers plants, always good, for the price, which is cheap, you expect to give them some attention at that price.

    someone else on here had a plant  they weren't pleased with but potted up became a lovely plant.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I did prune off the dead black bits a few weeks ago, but since then the black seems to have travelled further down the stem.

    I don't profess to be an expert gardener, but this rose was one of three I purchased bare root this year, and both others are now covered in leaves... hence my thinking that there was something wrong with it.

    They are comparatively cheap, I suppose, but in terms of that plant they've worked out very expensive! I'll certainly stick with my local garden centre from now on - Id rather pay an extra £2 for a potted plant.

  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241

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    I see people on here defending Parkers, on another post about another company there also were people defending that lot as well!

    All that says to me is that the complainant should accept the rubbish that was sent to them and get on with it, whereas if proper plants had been sent in the first place they would not have had to complain!

    Looking at the photo of the rose bush, that certainly does not look like a maiden plant, there appears to be at least five dead stumps and the main stem has dead wood near the top, on a maiden bush there should be only be fresh stems with no dead wood!

    Shame on JParkers  and also on the posters defending them!

    Ps I have nothing to do with JParkers!

  • I buy a lot from j parkers and most turn out good but not all and last week I bought 7 bareroot roses so I hope when they arrive they are of decent enough quality.

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