Posted: February 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm • Author: Neal
We’re on a mission to turn Valentine’s Day into Valentine’s Week.
No, we’re not talking about a loved one having to send you flowers for seven days in a row. Rather, we want to make sure that you get a week’s worth of enjoyment out of those beautiful fresh-cut roses you just received.
With just a little bit of effort on your part, high-quality roses from your local florist should open and last at least five days, and many times for seven days or more.
If you receive roses in a vase
They will use more water than you think, so add water pretty much daily.
If after five days or so the water is getting pretty dirty, pull the roses out, re-cut the stems and put them back in the vase with fresh water. Add a packet of floral preservative, available from your florist.
If the water is relatively clean, it is best to leave it alone as it will have some preservative left in it.
If you receive roses loose or in a box
If the roses came with tubes on the stems, remove the tubes and re-cut the stems about 1 inch from the bottom. It is best to cut at an angle, which creates more surface area for water intake.
Place the roses in a vase with water that is room temperature to a little warm.
Add floral preservative to the water; you should have received a packet with the delivery.
Only change the water if it becomes noticeably dirty.
If your roses don’t begin to open
Within a day or two, your roses should begin to open. If they don’t, remove them from the vase, re-cut the stems (at an angle), and return them to the vase.
If they still do not begin to open, re-cut the stems but this time also float the flowers in a bath of water for an hour or two to rehydrate them. Then return them to the vase. Most times, this will bring the roses around.
Keep them cool
Keep roses away from a heat source, such as a vent or direct sunlight.
When they aren’t on display, or while you’re sleeping, you can even place the roses in an unheated room or garage.
Here’s to a Happy Valentine’s Day or, better yet, Valentine’s Week.