Tips & Tricks For Preserving Blooms

One of the many benefits of growing roses is that you can reap the rewards time after time by cutting them and enjoying them indoors. Fill your vases with beautiful blooms that last with a few simple tips.

Plant roses that are good for cutting. Roses with higher petal counts will have longer staying power than those with less.

Make your own cut flower preservative to keep flowers fresh longer. Dissolve three tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of warm water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 3-4 inches of the prepared water. You can also use ¼ cup of clear carbonated soda such as Sprite or 7-Up in your vase water. The sugars in these sodas will enhance your bloom life.

When you cut your rose, be sure to get it into water within a few seconds. The canes naturally try to seal and protect from the open cut, so you want to get them into the water before they have a chance to do that.

When you are away from your roses, such as when you are sleeping or at work for the day, place your vase full of blooms in the refrigerator. The cool temperature will give your beautiful arrangement a dose of longevity.

Finally, if filling the room with fragrance is important to you, be sure to select roses that are high on the fragrance chart, such as exceptionally and very fragrant roses.

We hope you will enjoy your beautiful blooms, inside and out!