We all adore the sweet Rose. From tight bud to full blown large beauty, the rose just spells romance, unlike any other flower. I’ve had so many emails and messages on Facebook from you about caring for cut roses, that I decided to share these tips in this post : Take Care of Cut Roses: Ultimate Rose Care. These tips will make your bouquets last as long as they possibly can to make you and your home happy.
Faithfully following these steps will ensure that your Roses are the best looking, longest lasting flowers in your vases!
These ultimate rose care hints apply to store bought flowers, and most of the same principles apply if you are lucky enough to have them blooming in your garden right now.
1. Buy the right Roses.
Only buy Roses from a shop that consistently delivers good flowers. This could be your local grocery store, too. In order to tell if there is a good chance the Roses are fresh, gently “squeeze” the head of a few of the flowers. They should feel firm, not loose. After feeling a few of the Roses, you’ll know what I mean. The stems should be upright, and the leaves should be healthy and green. Most Roses will look great in a vase from 4 to 20 days, depending on the temperature, the kind of rose, and the quality.
3. Clean the Roses.
Make sure that both your cutting board, and your knife is clean. Bacteria can contaminate floral solutions and ultimately clog up flower stems. Remove leaves and thorns that will be under the water level, but not the others, they are beneficial for the Roses. You can use a small knife, or buy a special tool to strip the leaves and thorns, just be careful not to nick the stems, because that impedes the water uptake, or allows bacteria to enter the stems.
4. Give the Stem a Fresh Cut.
Using your clean, sharp knife, cut off at least 1″ from the stem ends. Cut at an angle, don’t saw back and forth, but make a clean cut. Immediately after cutting, put the flower in your vase, which you have already filled with luke warm water and a packet of floral preservative. Flower food almost doubles the vase life of cut flowers, so if your purchased bouquet doesn’t come with it, it’s smart to buy some. If you prefer to use floral scissors, make sure they are clean and sharp.
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