Valentine Roses

There’s no flower quite like a rose to say �I love you’ on Valentine’s Day. And sometimes there’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 Valentines’, here’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 baby’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 dchaves@loudoun.k12.va.us and I will try to answer your questions.

Have a Happy Valentine’s and don’t forget �the flower of love’, the rose.

Published by Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Deborah Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the www.thedailylily.com.

20 thoughts on “Valentine Roses

  1. What a wonderful service MONROE TECH and the horticultural staff offers to the community. I especially look forward to the holiday plant and flower sales, there. There are always great variety, color and festivity and especially the students, under the direction of Debi & assistants are very skilled, talented and attentive during the sales. I have always been most pleased with the plants and flowers obtained from the various offerings during the holiday sales. Thank you for the great tips on roses and other horticultural ideas posted on THE DAILY LILY. Here’s to a glorious success on VALENTINE’s DAY.

  2. Oh, Debi, one of my favorite things’ is to tie my dozen together and turn them upside down and hang in a dry place and let my roses dry. Then place in a beautiful vase to enjoy for months to come.

    Oh, when the pedals starts to fall just collect and use for dinner decorations or make popourri by placing in a favorite bowl and a little rose oil and enjoy a great fragrance for a few weeks.

    We have so many ways to make our roses last for months after to really enjoy.

    1. Sara what a joy to see someone else does this too…I would like to share this idea with you….once you dry your roses get a styrofoam ball and in the top of it hot glue a loop of ribbon …then cut off the tops of your roses and put hot glue to bottom of rose where the stem was cut, close to base of rose bottom..then stick it to the styrofoam ball…continue until the ball is covered and then spray with your rose oil…hang from ribbon and you now have a rose covered ball….some people use small dried roses, but you can use big….dj

  3. HELLO! I AM ONE OF MRS. CHAVES HORTICULTURE STUDENTS. I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THIS WEB SITE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NOW – HERE I AM. I REALLY LIKE VALENTINE’S DAY. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY – A DAY OF FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, AND ETC. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF FLOWERS YOU WANT TO GIVE TO SOMEONE, AND MRS. CHAVES IS AN EXPERT IN THIS SUBJECT. SHE IS A FANTASTIC TEACHER AND EVERY BODY KNOWS THAT, SO DO NOT FORGET TO ASK HER WHAT IS “HOT” FOR VALENTINE’S DAY. MAY JESUS CHRIST BLESS EVERYONE – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY – BYE…….BYE……..

    1. Hi Leonardo
      I am so glad to see you are back on the website! Can you tell us what color of poinsettias you and the other horticulture students are growing and will have for sale? And maybe some tips about how to handle and take care of them once poeple get them home?
      Thanks, and keep up the great horticulture work!
      Mrs. Chaves

      1. MRS. CHAVES, I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU ASKED ME A QUESTION, AND I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER IT. I AM HAPPY TO BE BACK ON THE WEBSITE, TOO. WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THE POINSETTIAS REALLY WELL. THE POINSETTIAS ARE REALLY COLORFUL – RED, PINK, WHITE, MARBLE, MONET, JINGLE BELL, ETC. TIPS: WHEN TAKING YOUR POINSETTIAS HOME, TAKE THEM OUT OF THE SLEEVES, AND PUT THEM IN A PLACE WHERE IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THEM – SUCH AS IN A SUNNY LOCATION. DO NOT OVER-WATER THEM. ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT: FOR THOSE WHO THINK THAT POINSETTIAS ARE POISONOUS, IT IS JUST A MYTH. THEY ARE SWEET PLANTS, AND YOU CAN TAKE ONE HOME WITHOUT BEING SCARED. THANK YOU MRS. CHAVES FOR BEING AN EXCELLENT TEACHER AND FOR TEACHING US SO, SO MUCH, MAY GOD BLESS YOU. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERY ONE, BYE…………..BYE…

      2. I wish you could take a picture of the marble, monet, and jingle bell poinsettias so I could see them. I’ve seen the red, pink, and white ones and they are quite lovely. Do I have to fertilize them at all? Thanks for the wonderful tips and I’m glad to know they aren’t poisoness. My dog likes to eat everything. May God bless you and give you great joy as you work in the wonderful greenhouse at your school.

      3. HI RENA, WE HAVE TO ASK MRS. CHAVES ABOUT TAKING A PICTURE OF THE POINSETTIAS. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. RENA IF YOU REALLY WANT TO STAY WITH A POINSETTIAS FOR A LONG TIME, YOU DO HAVE TO FERTILIZE THEM. SOME PEOPLE WANT THEM JUST FOR CHRISTMAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE DO NOT NEED TO FERTILIZE THEM. IF YOU WANT MORE TIPS, JUST SEND ME MORE QUESTION AND I WILL BE MORE THAN GLAND TO ANSWER THEM. I AM HAPPY THAT A TOUGHT SOME ONE ABOUT POINSETTIAS NOT BEING POISONOUS. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR DOG BECAUSE IF HE EATS IT, HE WILL BE FINE. MAY JESUS – OUR FATHER – BLESS ALL OF US IN EVERY THING WE DO, AMEN…….

      4. Thanks for answering my question. I do hope Mrs. Chaves will take some pictures. I’m envious of my friend M.G. I’m glad she got her favorite one. Have a blessed Christmas!

      5. RENA – YOU ARE WELCOME. DID YOU ASK MRS. CHAVES ABOUT THE PICTURES? I MET M.G., AND SHE BOUGHT BEAUTIFUL PLANTS. YOU ALSO HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR, GOD BLESS YOU – TCHAU……..TCHAU..

      6. Leonardo, you made me smile when you said we would be able to take a poinsettia (or 2??) home without being scared. That was witty and clever. I can tell you love plants and greenery and are sensitive to the ministry of certain plants and blooms to certain people and in certain seasons. And you certainly are blessed as you acquire knowledge and excellence under the skilled tutelage of Ms. Chaves.
        May you and your classmates be sucessful and blessed in your quest for the beauty of God’s creation in Horticulture and its related disciplines.

      7. GM – IT IS FUNNY WHEN PEOPLE COME TO US AND SAY THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO TAKE A POINSETTIAS HOME BECAUSE THEY ARE POISONOUS AND THEIR CAT WILL DIE. I DO LOVE PLANTS AND I AM REALLY SENSITIVE WITH THEM. I LIKE TO GIVE THE RIGHT FLOWERS IN THE CERTAIN SEASON. IT IS A BLESSING TO HAVE MRS. CHAVES AS A TEACHER AND AS A FRIEND – THANK GOD – I ASK JESUS EVERY DAY TO BLESS ALL OF US, GOD’S PEACE BE WITH US, AMEN……

      8. It was so very nice to meet you, Leonardo in your milieu in Ms. Chaves’ florally ensconced classroom turned Christmas Floral Shop. The colors were rich and textured on those wonderful poinsettias, just as you described in your previous comments. They were especially lovely this year, healthy looking and I was so blessed to get the last purple poinsettia in the greenhouse, I think?? It is absolutely incredibly gorgeous and purple is my favorite color. The wreaths were also pretty with pine cones and dramatic red velvet or golden bows that Ms. Chaves was whipping up so skillfully. I saw Santa, too. “He” was on a break and eating one of those delicious cookies from the CULINARY ARTS KITCHEN. Lovely Christmas music was filling the air along with spiced hot cider. It was all quite heavenly. I saw some old friends there, Chris and Tammy. They were delighted by all the beauty, just as I was.
        You truly are blessed, Leonardo, to work in such an atmosphere of beauty, learning the profession and the business skills that accompany it.
        Please keep writing on thedailylily.com as your comments are excellent and informative and I detect a good bit of the master-teacher. Ms. Chaves, in what you write.
        God bless all of you, Leonardo, your teacher,the aides and assistants, your fellow elves at the floral workshop, Santa and all those who presented that glorious production called MTC Christmas Plant Sale.
        MG

      9. M.G – I WAS SO GLAD TO MEET YOU TOO. WE CHANGED OUR ATMOSPHERE FOR CHRISTMAS. OUR PLACE IS SO BEAUTIFUL WITH THOSE WONDEFUL COLORS – POINSETTIAS. M.G – YOU ARE RIGHT, I AM SO BLESSED BY OUR FATHER TO BE AROUND WONDERFUL PEOPLE LIKE MRS. CHAVES, MR. SIZEMORE, MRS. MININBURG, AND OTHERS. I WILL KEEP WRITING ON THE WEBSITE BECAUSE I WANT TO TELL WHAT I KNOW AND I ALSO LIKE TO TELL WHAT MRS. CHAVES TEACHES ME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WORDS, AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS – I HOPE TO SEE YOU TOO, BYE – BYE…

      10. I am so glad that you have offered to share your knowledge of what Mrs. Chaves has taught you and the skills you have acquired under her leadership. Here is a question that I do not know if there is an answer. I purchased a lovely wreath with pinecones and a red velvety bow at your wonderful Christmas plant sale. Is there a way to keep my wreath fresh until New Years?
        Thank you for any help you might give.

    2. Yes you are right it is important to know what kind of flowers you want to give some one…flowers when they are given have a language and is spoken very clearly…it is said that the Olive Branch when given means peace, and the Ivy means friendship…one can say so much with one bouquet of flowers as I am sure youu know….thank you for reminding us especially now that Christmas is fast approaching and what a way to tell about Jesus…than with those beautiful poinsettias….that you and the other students work so hard to grow…that others may purchase and Speak of the love of Christ to the world….

      1. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS. DOROTHY, WE HAVE LESS THAN A MONTH TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. A TIME OF REFLECTION, THOUGHTS, A TIME TO BE THANKFUL BECAUSE JESUS IS HERE FOR US. CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT OUR FATHER JESUS AND HOW WONDERFUL HE IS FOR ALL OF US. IT IS ALSO A GOOD TIME TO WELCOME JESUS WITH OUR BEAUTIFUL POINSETTIAS. THEY ARE REALLY PRETTY. I HOPE TO SEE YOU AND EVERY ONE AT THE CHRISTMAS SALE, MAY GOD BLESS YOU, BYE………..BYE…

      2. Leonardo, you write very beautifully of the glory of flowers and plants and especially about the glory of GOD. The poinsettia, as you point out…. as a clelebratory plant for Christmas not only reflects the warmth and joyfulness of the season of Jesus’ birth but also like a predilection of the precious RED blood that was to be shed for us and for Christ’s mission on earth.
        The ministry of flowers and plants, God’s creative artistry, is a worthy calling and you and Ms. Chaves certainly are indicative of the special love of beauty and the ministering to others, joy, hope, love and caring.

      3. THANK YOU VARY MUCH GM FOR YOUR WORDS. I LOVE TO TALK ABOUT OUR FATHER JESUS CHRIST AND ABOUT ALL THE BLESSINGS THAT MADE AND STILL MAKING FOR US. MY MOTHER LOVES POINSETTIAS AND ME TOO, AND LIKE I SAID THE POINSETTIAS ARE THE PERFECT PLANT TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR FATHER JESUS, AMEN… MS. CHAVES IS THE RIGHT PERSON TO ASK EVERY THING FOR ALL THE SEASONS, AND I THANK HER FOR TEACHING ME ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT JESUS AND ABOUT PLANTS, GOD BLESS EVERY ONE….

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