Transplant shock? or dead plants?

Hello,
Some of the bare-roots I planted 3 weeks ago haven't done anything yet. How long should I keep something before deciding that it's dead? I know there is such a thing as root shock or transplant shock, but I don't know much about it. What do you think?
I'll bet there's a way to tell -- like "snap one of the twigs and see if it's green inside", or something like that.
This question applies to trees and rosebushes.
Thank you very much.
Ted Shoemaker
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where did you get the plants? you can gently scrape a stem to see if there is any green under the bark. Ingrid

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snipped-for-privacy@wi.rr.xx.com wrote:

I got the plants from various stores. The ones from nurseries are doing better than the ones from hardware stores. (Yeah, I know, I know . . . .)
The rosebush is green already -- on the stem. It came that way from the store. Does that mean it's alive? There are no leaves on it, no growth visible since we bought it.
Thank you.
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being in zone 7 I would think it would have leafed out if it was going to. you could try cutting it down a bit to see if it is alive. time to take it back I would say. Ingrid

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