The Care of Vased Roses
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4. Use the information below and you can
enjoy the beauty of your roses longer.
- Why do (don't) my roses have wire on the stems?
It is not necessary to wire the stems. If they are drinking water
(hydrating solution) with flower preservative mixed properly and the stems are strong,
they will not need additional support.
- Is it okay to dump the water in the Rose vase so I can transport them home?
Never dump the water. Rose stems that are out of the water for
30 seconds will develop an air pocket in the bottom 1/2 inch of the stem causing
a vapor lock. The roses will not drink the water unless 1 inch of the stem is clean
cut with a razor sharp knife at a 45 degree angle and put into the water within
30 seconds of when the cut is made.
- Why are my roses not opening up or drooping?
They are not drinking. When Roses droop, or the neck bends it's
because of dehydration. Roses are very thirsty flowers they drink 1.5 ounces of
water per day. Twelve Roses drink 18 ounces of water per day plus the foliage uses
another 4 ounces of water, which adds up to a total of 22 ounces per day. The average
1 dozen rose vase holds 48 ounces of water, this means they need a daily fill up
and flushing of fresh water. Twenty four Roses drink 36 ounces of water per day
plus the foliage uses another 6 ounces of water. This adds up to a total of 42 ounces
of water per day. The average two dozen rose vase holds 68 ounces of water. This
means they need a daily fill up and flushing of fresh water as well. The water level
should never be below 1/4 from the top of the vase; 1/3 flirts with danger. Stems
are cut at random lengths and placed at random depths to create the look of the
arrangement; therefore all the stems will not be at the bottom of the vase. The
rose that will wilt first is the one whose stem is nearer the top of the vase and
usually out of water first. If the buds are drooping, it means the roses are not
drinking and must be recut and put in fresh water.
Repairing Drooping Roses
Drooping roses will need some support until they recover. You can use newspaper
to provide this support. Lay the roses flat on some newspaper. Make sure the newspaper
covers the roses all the way to the top. The newspaper is going to be rolled over
the roses in a cone shape and this is how the roses will be support by the newspaper.
When wrapping the roses you will want to make sure you expose the bottoms of the
stems. Cut all the Roses at once with the razor knife at a 45 degree angle and then
immediately place the Roses in the pre filled bucket or similar container of hydrating
solution (remember you only have 30 seconds from the time you make the cut to submerge
the stems or an air pocked will form in the stem and the roses will not drink and
the stems will have to be cut all over again). Fresh flower food in water is called
hydrating solution; an emergency substitute if necessary can be 7up or Sprite at
the rate of 6 oz to a gallon of water. Allow the roses one hour at room temperature
(70 – 75 degrees) to rehydrate. Once the roses have re-hydrated you can then remove
the paper and you will see that the Rose has perked up. Be careful when removing
the paper that the roses are not out of the water for more than 30 seconds.
- When and how do I change the water?
Every 48 hours. The best way is to add water during the day by
keeping the water well above the flower stem line. Some stems do not go the bottom
of the container so be sure the water is within a few inches from the top of the
container at all times. We recommend that you place the vase or container into a
kitchen sink, grab the Roses with your hand, using your thumb move the flowers over
at the vase line so fresh room temperature water can be run into the vase from the
faucet, then add preservative. This keeps the stems submerged at all times, every
3rd or 4th day see the process in #3.
- Keep Roses out of direct sunlight. Allow only indirect or filtered light.
- Keep Roses out of drafts from cooling and heating systems, this can shock them.
- Heat, above 78 degrees, will cause rose to drink rapidly and open up fast.
- High heat, above 85 degrees, can cause roses to drop causing wilted outer petals.
- Transporting Roses from the office to home is difficult, exercise caution.
- Do not lock them in your hot car while you shop on the way home.
You can expect 7 to 10 days with proper care.
The Care of Boxed or Wrapped Roses
- How much time do I have before my roses must be in water?
Roses should be placed in water with flower preservative (hydrating
solution) as soon as they are received within 30 minutes (stems must be re-cut:
see below). They can also be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours at 35-40 degrees.
- What care should I take putting the roses in water?
Cut the roses one at a time on a 45 degree or greater angle, removing
at least one inch of the stem. Next, remove the thorns and lower leaves that will
be below the rim of the vase. Then place the Roses in the pre filled container of
hydrating solution. You must complete this process and have the rose stem under
water within 30 seconds of cutting the stem or an air pocket will form and you will
have to cut the stem again in order to get the rose to drink. If flower food is
not available to make hydrating solution, an emergency substitute is 7up or Sprite
at the rate of 6 oz to a gallon of water.