Caring For Cut Roses
There are many tips and tricks on how to take care of your roses, we recommend the following steps:
Remove any foliage that falls below the water line.
Trimming the leaves enhances the appearance of the rose bouquet and it will also keep the flowers fresh longer. Submerged leaves rot and add harmful bacteria to the water that will hinder water absorption. Trim any leaves that will fall into the vase or touch the water.
Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle
Cut at least one inch from the stems, using a sharp knife to make a diagonal cut. Cut the stems under water (in a bowl) for immediate absorption. Don’t cut them too short, as you will need to trim the stems again in a few days to maximize the life of your bouquet.
By cutting under water, the rose will immediately start to absorb the water, preventing any air bubbles from forming in the stem. If you choose not to cut your stems under water, make sure you place the roses directly in water after trimming.
Dilute the flower food in lukewarm water
Prepare the vase first by cleaning it thoroughly. Then fill half of it with lukewarm water. Warm water can be absorbed by the flower with greater ease than cold water, allowing the water and nutrients to travel up to the bloom as quickly as possible.
If you don’t have any commercial flower food, you can make your own! Add 3 teaspoons of lemon-lime soda (to serve as the food source and the acidifier) and 1 teaspoon of bleach (to kill the bacteria) to 1 liter of warm water.
Arrange your rose stems in the vase
Bunch the stems together, place them in the vase, and let them fall against the sides of the vessel. Spend some time arranging the flowers with the tallest roses in the center or the back of the arrangement. You can also try using different vases to see which provides just the right support for the amount of fresh roses and the length of the stems.
Keep your roses in a cool spot
The warmer the room, the shorter the vase-life. For a longer vase-life, place the roses in a cool place, away from draughts, fresh fruit, radiators and direct sunlight.
Change the water regularly
For optimum vase life (over 7 days), repeat these steps every 3 days; take the flowers out of the vase, clean your vase with hot water. Then refill the vase with clean, warm water and flower food; cut your stems an inch under water and place the roses back in the vase.
ENJOY YOUR ROSES!