My bare root rhododendrons look bad
I ordered and planted some bare root rhododendrons from a tree conservation place. When they came, and the roots were wrapped and very moist, I immediately unpacked them and put all my plants from that shipment in a couple buckets of water, had the bed prepared. After about 5 hours, I planted them all right away as fast as I could, not taking them out of the bucket until I was ready to place them in the hole, watered and mulched them all. The leaves looked split, twisted and dry when they came even though the roots were nice and moist and look worse now about a week or so later. I gave them one dose of Miracid and read that I should not overwater them.
Of that shipment, only my azalea, pussy willow and forsythia look like they will take hold. The pink dogwood looks dead and doesn't have any swollen buds. I had a failure with a burlap or potted dogwood years ago. I gave the new ones (azalea, dogwood, and rhodo) the Miracid (one tbsp to one gal water), too.
Is there any hope that the roots will establish and that they will put out new growth buds?
If they don't, I don't think I want to try any more bare rooted ones from that place although they offered to replace them if they didn't grow. I had three little PJM rhododendrons many years ago and they did very well in that spot, but finally died. They were potted when I purchased them, and I gave them regular doses of Miracid until the last years. Maybe that's why they finally failed.