Their bright, bold colors make roses a perfect addition to any flower bed and also add elegance when brought indoors. You must be careful when you cut the stem of a rose, should you choose to bring one indoors, as poor technique can result in a dead, wilted flower in as little as a day. While it may not seem important, factors such as the formation of the petals and the time of the day play a large role in how long the rose will survive after being cut.
Examine the rose daily. Once the two outer petals of the flower begin to unfold, you can cut the stem.
Cut the stem to a length of your choice with a sharp pair of scissors. The best time to do this is in the late afternoon when temperatures begin to cool down. Keep in mind you will cut an additional 1 inch of stem off later on, so take this into consideration when deciding on length.
Cut off any leaves that would be submerged under water when put in a vase. Simply pull the leaves off the stem.
Fill a vase with warm water and immediately place the rose stem inside.
Hold the bottom of the stem near the top of the water line so only the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the stem is submerged. Cut the bottom 1 inch of the stem at an angle to remove any air pockets that may restrict water from getting to the rose.