It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Many of you probably received a beautiful, bouquet of red roses yesterday. After all, the red rose is the ultimate symbol of love and romance. As captivating as these flowers are, they don’t last as long as other fresh cut flowers.
Roses typically last about 10 days. Some rose varieties will last longer than others, but given the proper care and conditions, they can last as long as 15 days. Here are some general tips to help extend the life of your roses.
- Transfer the roses to a clean vase as soon as possible. Wash vase with hot, soapy water to get rid of any bacteria and residues.
- Be sure to re-cut the stems at an angle before putting them in. Use a sharp knife to cut about an inch off the ends. Try to make a clean cut; don’t crush the stems.
- Fill the vase with warm water. Add the flower food that comes with the flowers. This is an important step, as the flower food will help keep the flowers alive.
- Remove any leaves below the water line or these leaves will rot and contaminate the water.
- Every couple of days, change the water and re-cut stems. Fresh water will help extend the life of your roses. Do not use softened water, as it contains salts that will harm your roses.
- Roses will last longer in a cool location. Avoid direct sunlight, drafts and excessive heat sources (i.e vents).
- Some rose varieties are sensitive to ethylene. Keep away from ripe fruits, veggies and cigarette smoke.
Note: These tips also apply to other flowers, not just roses.