Monday, February 13, 2012
When that special someone surprises you with some beautiful roses this Valentines day make them last as long as possible by taking special care of them
1. Clean your vase well with hot soapy water. Dirt and bacteria will wilt flowers in a hurry so this step is worth the time even if you think your vase is clean.
2. Now to prep those flowers, remove leaves that will fall below the water line in the vase, they will rot and shorten bloom life.
3. Cut the stems at an angle under water and put them in a clean container filled with warm water. It may seem time consuming but this is an important routine. Cutting the stems at an angle will give it more surface area to draw water into the stem and it will prevent the stem from getting blocked by sitting flat on the bottom of the vase. Cutting underwater eliminates air trapped in the stems, which blocks the flow of water. And finally, putting the roses in warm water for ten minutes or so will help condition them to their new surroundings.
4. Fill your vase with cool, not cold water, add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to help preserve those blooms and then arrange the flowers in your vase.
5. Keep your roses out of the sun and away from drafts and heat sources.