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How Susan cares for her cut roses to make them last
Our client, Susan in Los Angeles asked me the best way to manage cut roses so you can enjoy them as long as possible.
Here are the tips and tricks I shared with her:
The first thing you want to do is be sure your vase is clean. Especially if you use the same one, you want to scrub it with soap and water to be sure there isn’t any residue left from previous flowers.
Be aware of the water you use. In many homes the water maybe too hard or too soft. If it’s coming from the tap you can let the water sit in the refrigerator overnight to allow any chlorine to dissipate. You can also use water purification tablets, but be sure to follow the directions on the packet and wait at least 30 minutes before you insert your roses.
Bottled, distilled or purified water can also be used. Your roses will be happiest in water that is as close as possible to a neutral pH.
Ordinary granulated white sugar is a simple, effective way to keep your cut roses nourished. Add about 2 tablespoons per quart of water. The roses will absorb this solution and convert it to beneficial glucose, which will keep their cells and tissues lush and full. Never use sugar substitutes, as they breakdown in a different chemical way.
The cooler the environment, the better your cut roses will fare, so keep them away from direct sunlight and any artificial heat sources, which will cause them to wither quickly.
As fruits and vegetables ripen, theyemit a gaseous called ethylene. If you place your roses too close to fruits and vegetables, this gas in the air could have the same “ripening” effect on them.
Every one-to-three days, you want to change the water in your vase. And keep your water level at roughly halfway up the stems of the roses.
Each time you refill the water in your vase use sharp pruning shears or a knife and cut the stems diagonally so a greater area of the stem is in contact with the water. Be careful that your cuts are clean and never mash the stems, as this makes it harder for water to passthrough the damaged cells.
All of the above recommendations can contribute to making your roses last for up to a week or more than normal.