If you’re gifting roses this Valentine’s, or perhaps are the lucky recipient, here’s how to make sure they sit pretty in their vase for as long as possible
Rebecca Jones from Feel Good With Flowers says, if cared for properly, your roses should last anywhere from seven to 10 days. Here she shares her tips on how to give them the best care for maximum enjoyment:
1. Buy local
Quite often imported roses are maxed out by the time they get to the consumer, meaning they’re already about three weeks old and will have a shorter lifespan. Buy locally grown roses from local florists to make sure they are the freshest they can be. Ask your florist about the supply chain for clarification on where your roses have come from.
2. Get them out of the heat
Don’t leave roses sitting in hot cars or a very hot room as they’ll begin to wilt. Once they’re in their vase, don’t leave roses in the sun or hot places around the house.
3. Bleach your vase
Bacteria multiples very quickly in the warmer months. So, before you put your roses or water inside your vase make sure you give it a clean with some bleach (even if it looks clean already).
4. Re-cut the stems
Before you place your roses in the vase, re-cut the stems on an angle for ultimate water absorption.
5. Flower food
Ask your florist for some flower food to add to your vase of roses, this will give the flowers the nourishment they need, and help them live longer.
6. Change the water
Roses need a lot of hydration, so you’ll need to change the water every two days.
7. Regularly re-cut
Strip off loose foliage so that it doesn’t sit in the water (as it will increase bacteria production in your water and shorten the life of your rose). Regularly re-cut the stems each time you change the water (every two days).
8. Avoid fruit bowls
Don’t place your roses by any fruit bowls as the ripening fruit emit ethylene, which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly, making them more susceptible to wilting and withering before their time.