Posted by Kelley Triplett on October 11, 2017
A well placed arrangement of fresh cut roses adds beauty and elegance to any space. Unfortunately for us arrangements will not stay fresh forever, but there are steps we can take to lengthen the time we have to enjoy fresh cut roses.
Cutting roses in the middle of the day will cause them to wither much faster. Plus, it is more pleasant to cut roses in morning than in the blazing midday sun.
Cutting a rose from the bush will remove it from its source of food and water as well as open it up to air which causes the rose to deteriorate. Placing freshly cut stems in water as quickly as possible will prevent air bubbles from moving up the stem and will keep the roses hydrated.
Encourage healthy growth by cutting above a five leaflet at a 45° angle. Cutting an outward facing five leaflet encourages new growth away from the center of the bush. Cutting at a 45° angle allows water to roll off the cane preventing bacteria and fungus from collecting on the cane.
Decomposing foliage encourages bacteria growth in the water which shortens the lifespan of your cut roses. Leave foliage at the top of the stem and remove any leaves that will be below the waterline in your vase.
Using a vase without sanitizing it first introduces old bacteria to the fresh roses shortening their lifespan. When making an arrangement, start with a clean vase and add a floral preservative which inhibits bacteria growth, feeds the stem, and acidifies the water.
Every two days, empty the old water and refill the vase with clean water and more floral preservative. This will keep the bacteria levels down and keep the roses fresher longer. Let the fragrance of fresh cut roses fill your home all season long by following these simple steps.
It can be tempting to continue feeding your rose bushes during the bountiful fall season, but the reality is the rose bush needs to wind down for the upcoming winter months. If you were using a supplemental rose fertilizer through the summer months, the August application should be your last one. The reason for this is to keep the rose bush from pushing out tender new growth, that could get damaged by frost, before the cold months of winter. Moral of the story? Enjoy the bountiful fall roses and and allow the rose bushes to get ready for their winter nap.