Sherri Richards, Published February 11 2013
Tuesday Tip: Make your roses last this Valentine’s Day
Throughout our 14-plus years together, my husband has given me a dozen roses, dozens of times. Some were sent by florists, others delivered in person. I still remember his first gift of flowers: Two red roses and one pink, to represent the two and a half months we’d been dating.
Unfortunately, some of these bouquets wilted long before the roses opened.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I researched tips for making cut roses last longer.
• 1. As soon as the roses arrive, place them in a bowl of warm water. While the stem is still under water, cut the stem slantwise using a sharp knife. The slant makes sure the opening in the stems is large enough to draw up water, and cutting under water prevents the formation of air pockets that could stop the water from getting through.
• 2. While the roses are still soaking, fill a suitable sized vase with warm water and add a packet of flower food or cut flower preservative. If you don’t receive one with the bouquet, you can use a spoonful of sugar and a couple drops of bleach instead.
• 3. After the water has been prepared, place the roses in the vase, removing any leaves that fall below the water line beforehand. Refrigerate it for two hours.
• 4. Change the water every day or at least every other day, adding in additional floral preservative or sugar and bleach. Keep dead leaves and other debris out of the vase.
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