Preparation and Flower Care for Fresh Cut Roses
D-I-Y Floral Design Classes
Roses are little bit different in terms of prep than other flowers. You need to de-thorn roses, remove leaves, and remove guard petals. They are also 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. Fill your sink with warm water so that you can cut the stems under the water. Then you can unroll your roses to reveal the two layers of roses, one above another.
Unroll the whole package until all the roses are lying flat.
Pick up each rose and remove the lower leaves (this is something you need to do with all of your flowers so that the leaves do not die and release bacteria in the water that 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.
Submerge the bottom of the rose stem in the water and cut the stem 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. Doing it under water prevents new air from getting into the stem by sealing the floral veins.
Remove any outer petals that you desire. These roses looked perfect upon unpacking, but some roses have more guard petals that need to be removed. 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 "cleaned" all of your roses, you are ready to make your own flower arrangements!