How Can You Keep Cut Roses Fresh?

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To keep cut roses fresh, remove leaves from the stems and cut the bottom of the stems off at an angle. Put the flowers in a clean vase filled with water mixed with a floral preservative product.

To make cut roses last longer, use the following steps.

  1. Remove the foliage
  2. Strip any leaves that sit below the water line in the vase.

  3. Trim the stems
  4. Trim around 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch from the bottoms of the stems. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle, as straight stems can rest against the bottom of the vase and block water intake.

  5. Clean the vase
  6. Before adding flowers and water, give the vase a good rinse.

  7. Fill the vase
  8. Pour lukewarm water into the vase. Mix in a packet of floral preservative or make a homemade version out of 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach of and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.

  9. Add the roses
  10. Add the roses to the vase.

  11. Keep the flowers cool
  12. Direct heat can cause roses to wilt, so keeping them cool helps lengthen their lifespan. Keep the vase away from direct sunlight, electric lights or appliances.

  13. Change the water
  14. Top up the water level of the vase daily. After 4 days, pour out the water and refill the vase.