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Tips On Caring For Your Fresh Cut Flowers

roseThe colorful, sweet aroma of a floral arrangement can brighten the gloomiest day and add life to any room of your home. A gift of flowers can whisper that someone cares about you or send a feel better message from a friend.

Imagine that you've just received a glorious bunch of roses. You put them in your best vase and you stand back to admire them. You'd love to make them last as long as you possibly can, but other than keeping them cool and out of direct sunlight, you're not sure what to do.

Whether you received them for Valentine's Day or were presented with a lovely Mother's Day bouquet -- here are some step-by-step tips on how to extend the shelf life of your fresh cut flowers

  • cut roses from the base of each stem
    Keep roses fresh by
    cutting 3/4 inches from
    the base of each stem.

    Remove the roses from the vase and put them in a temporary container.

  • Clean the vase by washing it thoroughly in water with household bleach.

  • Fill the vase with fresh water and add a half teaspoon of household bleach for each litre (16 fluid ounces) of water. [ED NOTE: the bleach acts as an antibacterial agent that will keep the water fresher longer.)

  • Remove your roses from their temporary container and lay them flat on a counter top.

  • Remove any leaves which will show below the waterline in the vase.

  • Cut about 20 mm (3/4 inch) from the base of each stem immediately before placing it in the vase. This removes any air bubbles, and allows for free water flow up the stem.

  • Don't place roses in drafts or direct sunlight, or near fruit, heaters, TVs or refrigerators.

  • Change the water daily to extend the vase life of your roses.

Freshly picked roses can last up to two weeks with a little extra care.


About the Author...
Gerry Belvedere

More about caring for fresh cut flowers around the Web:

Household tips for keeping flowers fresh - Here are a few tricks you can experiment with, including aspriin tablets that mimick the ingredients of the 'stay-fresh' packets that come with many bouquets, along with adding a copper penny to the vase to ward off bacteria -- and vodka? Read on...

Selecting and Caring For Cut Flowers -
Check out great guide to giving flowers that will last, with a list of varieties, plus related resources on how to make homemade cut flower preservatives, dried flower arrangements, and lots more.

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