Preparation and Flower Care for Fresh Cut Roses

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Roses are little bit different in terms of preparation than other flowers — you need to de-thorn roses, remove their leaves and remove guard petals. They are also prepared for shipment differently from other flowers and are uniquely packed in rows and wrapped in cardboard or plastic. Some roses have more thorns than others, but the variety shown here, Rose Cool Water, does not have many.

First, clean out your sink with soap and water to remove any contaminants that could damage your roses. Fill your sink with warm water that is deep enough so that you can cut the stems under the water. Then, you can unroll your roses to reveal the two layers of roses, one stacked above the other. Unroll the whole package until all of the roses are lying flat. Pick up each rose and remove the lower leaves — this is something you will need to do with all of your flowers so that the leaves do not die and release bacteria into the water which will shorten flower vase life. In order to remove thorns, you can either use a thorn stripper or your fingers; if you push against a thorn with your thumb, the thorn will break off. Take care not to damage the remainder of the stem or to accidentally poke your finger with the sharp thorn. Submerge the bottom of the rose stem in the water and cut the stem at a 45-degree angle under the surface. This is another way to extend the vase life of the flowers, as it will remove the bottom of the stems that have become blocked with bacteria and air during travel which then allows for a freer flow of nutrients and hydration to reach the flower. Trimming the bottom of the stem under water also prevents new air from getting into the stem by sealing the floral veins. Remove any outer petals that you desire. These roses looked their best when we packed them up and shipped them to you, but some roses might have more guard petals that need to be removed in order to make them look their best once they arrive. Remove the discolored or wrinkled petals from the outside if needed. TIP: Misting the flowers with water or Crowning Glory Clear Solution is a great way to maintain hydration in the flower head. Once you have trimmed the stems, removed the thorns, pulled off any excess guard leaves and cleaned up all of your roses, you are ready to make your own flower arrangements! Roses are one of the most beautiful types of flowers to use in DIY arrangements — follow these cleaning instructions, and your gorgeous blooms will stay looking their best for your special event.

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