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Keep Roses Fresh-

by Jan Mh on February 17, 2015

How to Keep Roses Fresh

Three Parts:Selecting the Freshest RosesPreparing the StemsDisplaying the Roses

Roses are beautiful, fragrant flowers that come in a variety of colors and sizes. Given the right care, roses can stay fresh for a week and a half or more after being cut. To keep your roses from wilting, be sure to change their water every few days, use a very clean vase and keep them in a cool spot. See Step 1 to learn more about how to keep roses fresh.

Part 1 of 3: Selecting the Freshest Roses

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    Cut your own roses early in the morning. If you're cutting roses from your own rosebush to display indoors, cut them as early as possible in the morning, before it gets hot outside. Cutting them while it's still cool will keep them from wilting just after cutting. Immediately after cutting the roses, put the stems in a clean bucket of fresh water.
    • The night before cutting your roses, water the rosebush. Well-hydrated roses will stay fresher longer than roses cut from a bush that hasn't been recently watered.[1]
    • Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle using a clean pair of hand pruners.
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    Buy cut roses from a florist you trust. If you're not cutting your own roses, try to buy them from a well-reputed florist, preferably one with whom you have a relationship. That way you'll be able to get your hands on roses that were very recently cut, rather than roses that may have been sitting there for a week.
    • Ask the florist which flowers arrived that very morning, and try to select the very freshest roses possible.
    • Choose roses from the refrigeration unit, since roses that are kept cool last longer than those that have been sitting out at room temperature.
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    Squeeze the roses where the petals meet the stem. This is a sure way to tell whether roses are still fresh. When you're examining roses before making your purchase, gently squeeze them at their base, where the petals come together at the stem. If it feels loose and squishy, the roses are old, and you should avoid them. If it feels firm and taut, the roses are fresh.
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    Inspect the roses for bruised or broken petals. Look for roses with well-formed, colorful petals. Examine the tips of the petals to make sure they aren't bruised or brown. When you bring the roses home, you can remove a few outer petals that have been damaged, but there's not much you can do to improve the appearance of damaged tips on the inner petals. Intact petals are more attractive and will stay fresh longer than bruised ones.
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