How to Prolong the Life of Your Cut Roses
Properly treated, cut roses should last from 7-14 days.
Below are some tips to keep your cut roses looking fresh and beautiful for as long as possible.
- Avoid putting your vase of roses in direct sunlight
- Avoid temperatures above 70o F
- Avoid water containing salt (softened water) or fluorinated water.
- Do not put your cut roses in steel or iron containers.
- Keep your vase two thirds full of water
- If your vase is too tall, use pebbles in the base so the foliage is above the water line.
- When placing roses in a vase, use lukewarm water.
- Replace old water with new water every few days.
- A homemade or commercially prepared preservative will extend the life of your cut flowers.
- When cutting stems, do not use scissors. Use by-pass shears that do not crush the stems.
- Re-cut 1/2" to 1" off the bottoms of the stems every 2-4 days. Hold the stem ends under water and make your cut at a 45o angle. This can prevent an air bubble from clogging the stem and preventing the uptake of water.
- If your cut roses are not delivered or purchased in a vase, be sure to re-cut the stems (see #11) prior to putting them in your vase.
- When first arranging your roses, remove no more than 1/3 of the lower leaves. You don't want leaves sitting in the water but you do want to keep as many leaves as possible (at least 2/3).