Purchasing flowers for a loved one can be a wonderful way to show them how much you care about them… However, it can be very frustrating to make sure that the beautiful bouquet you purchase doesn’t wilt and die within the first few days of purchase. If you are tired of spending money on rose bouquets that don’t last, here are seven simple steps you can take to make sure that your roses last as long as possible.
The first step to making your rose bouquet last is to choose a clean vase that is large enough to hold the roses without damaging them. Too often people try to stuff rose stems into a vase that is simply too small, and as a result they often bend or scrape the rose stems, which can introduce bacteria into the rose and weaken it. Weakened roses die off much quicker than strong roses, so make sure that you treat your roses with care and put them in a clean vase that isn’t too constricting.
After buying a bouquet of roses, make sure that you remove all of the leaves from the bottom of the stems before inserting them into water. To preserve the life of your roses, only the stems should be submerged in water because leaves will rot in the water and promote bacterial growth. As mentioned above, bacteria will significantly reduce the lifespan of your roses, so make sure that no leaves are submerged in the vase water.
Before you put your rose stems in water, you should cut off two to three inches from the bottom of the stems. Make sure that you cut off the stems at a 45-degree angle to promote water absorption. Don’t use scissors or a dull knife, because this will damage the rose stems and shorten the life of your roses. Simply lay your roses down gently on a cutting board and cut off the bottoms of their stems with a sharp knife before inserting them into the vase.
Don’t put freezing cold water in the vase or you might shock the roses and shorten their life. Instead, use lukewarm water and be sure to stir in the preservative packet that came with your bouquet until it is dissolved.
Carefully insert the rose stems into the vase and double-check to make sure that no foliage dropped into the vase water during the process. Make sure that you check the water level on a daily basis and refill it as needed. You should also cut a portion off the bottom of the stems every few days to ensure that they don’t become blocked by bacteria.
Make sure that you place your rose bouquet in a cool place where it can be easily seen and admired. Avoid placing it in areas that are warm, such as near a heater vent, a fireplace, or any electronics that generate heat.
To ensure that your roses last as long as possible, check them often and remove any petals or foliage once they dry out. If you follow these simple steps you will significantly extend the life of your beautiful rose bouquet.