How To Care For Fresh Cut Roses ~ Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks and I am sure the floral industry is gearing up for millions of roses to be sold. I want to share with you how to care for fresh cut roses just in case you are a lucky recipient of a bouquet of these beautiful fragrant flowers.
Here are instructions for…
How to Care For Fresh Cut Roses
The first thing I do is place the roses in a temporary tall container filled with cool to lukewarm water as soon as I can.
Next fill your clean display vase two thirds full with cool to lukewarm water.
Add the fresh flower food that typically comes with the flowers to the water. You want to add about one packet for each quart or litre of water. I like to use half of the package and save the other half for later.
Then when I am ready to create the bouquet I fill the sink with again, cool to lukewarm water because this is where I am going to cut each rose under water.
Before each rose is placed in the display vase, cut about one inch to two inches from the bottom of the stem with a sharp straight edge knife or pruners. I prefer to use pruners and keep a pair in the kitchen just for flowers. Using scissors isn’t a good idea because the type of cut they make can pinch the stem together making it more difficult for the water to enter and travel up the stem.
Cut the stem on a diagonal. A straight cut stem might rest on the bottom of the vase and possibly block off any way for the water to enter the stem system. A diagonal cut also makes a larger cut creating a bigger area for the water to do what it needs to do.
Strip the leaves on the stem to just above the water level in the display vase. This is so the leaves don’t start to get mushy and unsightly looking in the water.
Arrange the roses and greenery in the vase. Just to make it look a little more decorative I like to add a coordinating ribbon tied into a bow around the base of the bouquet too.
Experts in the field say to make your arrangements using an odd number of flowers. To me this is kind of interesting because most bouquets come in a dozen, which is an even number of flowers. But you can ignore what the experts say or…
…separate the bouquet of roses into smaller different bouquets to display around the house. This disperses the arrangements and fragrance to different locations around the house. Here is an example of a bouquet a made with six of the roses. I know I used six roses but that’s what nicely filled the smaller vase. Here’s the tutorial titled Valentine Table Centerpiece where I show how you can make your own and How To Create A Valentine Tablescape shows you how it looks fabulous sitting in the middle of the table.
Fresh cut roses are not happy when they are placed in hot and drafty locations. Our winters are pretty dry where I live so we really have to think about where the best place is for them. Your roses might like a little fine mist spray to help with the dryness issue.
Plan to top off the water the next day. My experience is that these flowers are thirsty and soak up a lot of water in the beginning. Add new water two days later but I like to check the flowers daily just to make sure they are still happy.
Refresh the bouquet after four days by cutting another inch from the bottom of each stem changing the water and adding more fresh flower food.
That’s how to care for fresh cut roses!
Now you can have fun creating your fresh cut rose bouquets or bouquets if you choose to split it up!
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