Roses are the most popular of all cut flowers sold in the U.S. The American love affair with roses began in colonial times and has grown through the centuries. Now florists sell hundreds of different varieties of hybrid tea roses, mostly imported from South America. Although roses are familiar, their proper care is not.
Follow these simple steps to prolong the vase life of your cut roses:
- Fill a clean, deep vase with warm water and add the flower food obtained from your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.
- Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial growth.
- Select a sharp knife. Do not use shears to cut stems because they usually pinch the vessels closed.
- Recut stems underwater, this will prevent air from entering the stem. Place the flowers in the vase solution you’ve prepared.
- Change the water and recut stems daily. This will keep the end of the stems free of debris that blocks water flow.
- Display your roses away from direct sunlight and warm or cold drafts.
- You can revive a wilted rose by cutting the stem and submerging the entire rose in hot water for about 30 minutes. Remember to always cut stems under clean water.
Proper care can often double the vase life of roses. Remember, once the roses are cut they begin to die. The enjoyment you receive from those roses, depends on how long you can delay their death. The steps listed above simply maximize the amount of water the reaches the bloom. This delays dehydration and death.
If you have any further question in regards to the care of roses, or caring for any other plant, please contact us with any questions you may have! You may also wish to refer to the American Rose Society’s website for more information on care of roses and the rose growing community!