Getting the most out of your Valentine’s roses

Valentine’s season can last well beyond Feb. 14. In fact, by following some simple steps, your roses should provide you with a week or more of enjoyment.

All Royer’s arrangements arrive in vases that contain a mixture of water and flower food (FloraLife, in our case). You just need to make sure that there is enough water over time as roses are surprisingly thirsty.

Other tips for getting the most out of your roses:

13-V2For roses that arrive in a vase:

• If your roses don’t begin to open within a few days, remove them from the vase, re-cut their stems and return them to the vase. Although not necessary, cut the stems under water if possible.

• Keep the flowers cool: the cooler they are, the less water they will lose through their stems and petals.

• Add water in a sink so that any spillage will not damage a table or other furniture that the roses are sitting on.

For roses that arrive in a box or loose:

• Put water in the vase and add the packet of flower food that came with your delivery.

• Cut approximately one inch off the bottom of the rose to create a fresh pathway for water to work its way up the stem.

• Remove any foliage or thorns that may get stuck when the stems are placed in the vase.

• If you add any greens, make sure that any foliage is above the water. Foliage under water promotes unwanted bacterial growth.

By following those steps, you’re ready for the final, most important step of all: enjoy your roses!


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