Preparing your flowers:
- When you get home, cut off at least ¼” of each rose stem (use a clean knife or scissors) and place immediately in room temperature water. They can stay this way until you have a few minutes to finish caring for them.
- Put fresh water in a CLEAN vase. Many bouquets die from bacteria left over from former “tenants.” Wash your vases in hot, soapy water. You can also clean vases with a mild bleach solution and rinse. Inexpensive vases can go on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
- Add the floral “food” that is usually attached to the bouquet. If your store doesn’t provide it, try this homemade recipe (2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach, 1 quart warm water ).
- Treat each rose separately. Cut another ¼” to ½” off the stem. Cutting them at an angle allows more surface area for water absorption. Remove all leaves that will placed below water level. Arrange each rose into the fresh, treated water.
In the vase:
- Keep roses in a fairly cool spot, out of direct sunlight.
- Every 2 to 4 days, cut ¼” to ½” off the stems and place flowers in fresh water. You’ll be amazed at how long they will last.
This technique works for most flowers.
How can I tell if the flowers I buy are fresh?
One thing to look for in roses is a tight bud. If the roses are open, they won’t last as long. Also look at the leaves. If the leaves look yellow or dry, the flowers may be older.