Growers spend a lot of time developing new varieties and colors, allowing you to choose from hundreds to suit nearly any occasion or decor.
- Prepare a container with cool, bottled water if your tap water is softened because softened water shortens rose life. Then:
• Add floral food according to package directions.
• Remove the leaves from the stem's lower half. Leaves decay underwater and cause stems to clog.
- Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut 1 inch off the bottom of one stem and put immediately in water. A rose stem is like a drinking straw; water will flow up the stem in 2 seconds. If you don't put the stem in water immediately, air will block the water from going up the stem. Continue cutting one stem at a time and put in water.
- If rose heads bend over, appear wilted, don't open or are out of water for more than two hours, repeat the above process, cover the arrangement with a plastic bag and leave in a cool place overnight. The next day, remove the bag. In general:
• Keep your arrangement in a cool place, out of direct sunlight and away from heating or air-conditioning vents.
• Every two to three days, empty the vase water, wash and perform the above steps again.
Published by Floral Lifestyles, A publication of Vance Publishing Corporation