Cut Rose Care

When roses receive proper care, they should last between 7-14 days.  Below are some flower care tips that will help maintain their vase life.

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Start With a Clean Vase

Be sure that the vase you use for your roses is thoroughly clean. If dirty, wash with soap and water, and to sanitize, soak it in a 5% solution of bleach and water for a few minutes (which works out to one cup of bleach per gallon of water).

Cutting the Stems

Upon receiving your roses, use a sharp knife or pruning shears to trim the stems (without crushing them).  Cut at least an inch of stem off the roses at a 45-degree angle before you put them in your vase.

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Use Pure Water

It's best to use purified water with your roses.  If you can help it, don't use water that is fluoridated, chlorinated, or has a high salt content.  If needed, fill your vase with tap water and let sit out for several hours, allowing the water to "off-gas."  You should also make sure the water is room temperature, as water that is too cold or too hot could harm the flowers.

Displaying Roses

Display your roses in a cool location, and out of direct sunlight.  Ambient light is fine, but direct sunlight, as well as hot or cold drafts will shorten the life of your roses.