Wax coated rose bush

gooberpottsApril 13, 2010

I bought a rose bush at Sam's and it had this waxy coating on it. I suppose I waited too long to plant it. When I did about 2 weeks ago it went into shock and all the leaves (there were only a few) fell off and now it looks mostly dead. It has no leaves and only one part of the stalk is barely green. What are the chances it will come back or should I jsut dig it up and start over with a new one?

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buford(7 NE GA)

Speaking from experience, it's probably gone. These body bag roses have about a 50% chance of surviving once planted. If you get them early enough and soak them well, that improves the chances. I wouldn't buy any more body bags. Buy either mail order bare root or potted roses. The wax is put on to help keep them hydrated, but I don't know if it negatively affects them in the long run.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:11AM
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Thanks so much buford! I won't waste my time then. I bought 2 and one is doing well and the other is pitiful. Off to the store I go!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:24AM
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roseman(Z 8A GA)

The wax is there to help prevent the bush from drying out before it's planted. After planting, the sun will melt the wax away and everything should be hunky dory.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:33AM
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