Thursday, March 04, 2010

How to Take Care of Roses

I have always emphasized that I am not a flower-person, but it's not because I don't like flowers or that I am allergic to them. It's just that I can't stand the sight of such beautiful things dying, especially roses!

Submerged leaves can decay and create bacteria. Remove these leaves. Be careful not to damage the bark of the stem (not even the thorns). Any damages to the stem can prevent uptake of water through the stem.

Hold the stems under water and cut about 2 cm from the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife or scissors. Keep this end moist and don't let it dry before being placed in vase or container.

Immediately after the stems are cut, place roses in a deep vase of warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Leave roses in a cool, dark room for a couple of hours before arranging. This gives the roses a little time to settle and adjust before being arranged.

Arrange fresh-cut roses in a vase with water that contains flower preservative.

Roses are thirsty flowers. Check the container regularly and make sure there is plenty of water. Remember to add more preservative solution as you add more water.

Roses don't like too much sunlight or extreme temperatures. Keep the rose arrangement in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.

Roses can wilt if they can not take up water and preservative through the stem. If fresh roses begin to wilt, it could mean that there is air trapped in the stem. Cut off the bottom of the stem. Check for any damage to the bark and cut the stem above this, if it is above the water level since it can cause air to get into the stem. Submerge the rose in warm water for about an hour and it can then go back in the arrangement.

My roses died a tragic death after just one week, and they cost freaking $70 (I went to check since the flowers were bought from the flower shop just next to my clinic). But then, they were not meant to last long anyway. The florist took out the thorns, so that people will not get pricked. This act, though kind, actually kills the rose faster. *Sigh*
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