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Enjoying Roses in Vases

By Calif_Sue
April 26, 2015

Creating bouquets for the house is an added bonus to growing them in the garden, and roses usually are the main feature of my bouquets. Here are a few tips for cutting them and keeping them fresh looking.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 26, 2015 5:14 PM CST
Sue, thanks for these great tips on extending the life of cut roses! I've always taken a small pitcher of water out to the garden with me when I cut blooms for vases but for many years I didn't know about cutting stems at an angle, and it does indeed seem to help with allowing better water uptake, helping the blooms stay fresh and last longer. I never seem to have floral preservative on hand and a couple of times I used a pinch or two of sugar in the water but the majority of the time I use lemon-lime soda (Sprite) because we buy it by the case for my husband.

When I was purchasing a bouquet at a florist many years ago, I asked for tips on how I could keep the flowers fresh, longer. She told me that when I got home I should immediately put the cut flowers in ICE WATER and place the vase in the refrigerator for a couple of hours!! I was young then and figured she was the expert and knew what she was talking about but once I brought the vase out to normal room temperatures, the flowers seemed to wilt within 24 hours! I learned from that experience that lukewarm water doesn't shock the flowers like ice water does. Green Grin!
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rocklady
Apr 27, 2015 9:33 AM CST
@Calif_Sue Thanks for this article at just the right moment. DH gave me roses for our 58th anniversary and I hope to keep them beautiful because of your great tips. He used to give me one rose for each year, however, after a time, the cost became prohibitive Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Calif_Sue
Apr 27, 2015 12:39 PM CST

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Great, glad the tips can be useful!
And Happy 58th Jean! Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
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Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Apr 27, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Hurray! Congratulations and Happy 58th Anniversary Jean! Lovey dubby
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Apr 27, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Thank You! Sue and Lin
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