ThereвЂ™s no flower quite like a rose to say вЂ?I love youвЂ™ on ValentineвЂ™s Day. And sometimes thereвЂ™s no greater disappointment than to see that beautiful rose head droop a day or two later. If you are the fortunate recipient of a rose this ValentinesвЂ™, hereвЂ™s a few tips that may keep them looking beautiful longer.
Boxed long-stem roses generally require that you remove them immediately from their box. If they have filled water pics (they look kind of like little test tubes) on the end of their stems and you plan on keeping them in a cool area above 32 F, you may leave them boxed without harm for several hours or another day. When ready to remove them, have a clean vase or container ready to arrange them in to which you have added warm (110 F) water and a floral conditioner. If you do not have a pre-packaged floral conditioner you may substitute the following: 1/4 tsp bleach plus 1 tbs sugar per 1 gallon water OR 2 parts water to 1 part tonic water or lemon-lime soda (not diet). Do not use an aspirin, as it is usually too much acidity for the amount of water in a typical vase. Add and arrange your foliage such as baker or tree fern in the vase. The next step is to fill a clean sink or dishpan with water and cut each rose stem at an angle UNDER the water. This should prevent an air bubble from forming up near the flower head ultimately causing the heads to fall or droop. Place the stems in your arrangement making sure you have removed any foliage that will be in the water. Add a filler flower such as babyвЂ™s breath if you choose. Place the vase out of direct light in a cool room if possible to keep the flowers lasting longer. Change the water every two to three days to keep your arrangement its freshest.
Should you receive roses already arranged, simply follow the water change, light and temperature suggestions. If your flowers arrive limp or drooping try the following: poke a hole w/ a pin at the very top of the stem, re-cut the stem under water and place the entire rose horizontally under water for 1 hour then remove and place in vase.
Following the above suggestions should cause your roses to stay beautiful and give you days of enjoyment. Or perhaps you have a tip on the care of roses that has worked for you that you would like to share with the other Daily Lily readers.
And if you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area February 14th stop by the Monroe Technology Center where I teach horticulture and you may purchase a box or vase of roses artfully designed by my students. We offer one dozen long-stem red roses boxed with a bow or arranged in a vase with greenery and babies breath for $45 or a slightly shorter stem rose in pink, yellow, white or orange for $30. Or you may select a vase of 15 carnations (pink, white, red or mixed) for $30 or our color choice of 12 carnations for $15. The carnations can also be requested boxed or arranged. For more info on roses you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to answer your questions.
Have a Happy ValentineвЂ™s and donвЂ™t forget вЂ?the flower of loveвЂ™, the rose.