Caring for Cut Roses
Follow these simple steps to get the maximum vase life and enjoyment from your fresh cut roses:
- Hydration, hydration, hydration! Whether you receive cut roses from us or buy them yourself, get them into water as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have time to arrange them in the desired vase right away, it's important to place them into some water source until you can get to them.
- Use warm water. Prepare the vase first by cleaning it thoroughly. Then, fill it ¾ full 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.
- Eliminate sources of bacteria in the water. Before placing the flowers into the water, remove any foliage that would fall below the water line. Foliage in the water causes bacteria to grow which will shorten the vase life of the flower.
to properly cut stems. If your flowers were shipped with water vials to keep them
hydrated, remove them. Then, cut the stems. Ideally, you should cut about
an inch from the bottom of each stem, at an angle, while holding the
bottom of the stem under water. Once the stem is cut, place it immediately
in the vase.
On a daily basis, check the water level and add warm water as needed.
Showcasing your flowers
- Where to display your roses. Display your flowers in a cool place, away from direct sunlight and drafts. Avoid displaying your flowers near a direct source of heat or any extreme temperatures, such as a window with strong sunlight, heating and cooling vents, and appliances that give off heat.
- Give roses a "face-lift" by gently removing discolored or drooping petals from roses to give them a fresh, just-received appearance even after several days.
- Keep your flowers away from ripening fruit. These give off ethylene gas, which shorten the life of cut flowers.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!