One of the most rewarding things about growing roses is being able to make arrangements right from your own garden. Just as growing roses takes a lot of care, equal care must be given when clipping a rose bush. Gather your tools; watch out for the thorns and snip away.
Collect your tools. Wear gloves to protect your fingers, wrists and lower arms. Try leather work gloves, rubber gloves or kidskin gloves for protection. Gather clean, sharp florist snips, a florist's knife or pruning shears to perform the clipping. Bring a large pitcher or clean bucket filled with lukewarm water to the collection site.
Water the rose bush deeply the night before to cut a well-hydrated plant. Perform the clipping the next morning. Look for buds that are nearly open rather than those that are tightly closed. Make a 45-degree angle cut above the first five leaflets. Put the stem into the bucket of water. Repeat the cutting step on the desired number of stems.
Take the bucket inside and empty the water. Refill the container with fresh water. Cut the stems at an angle, again, underneath running water. Put the stems back into the bucket. Condition the roses by placing the bucket in a cool, dark place. Allow the roses to condition for at least four to five hours.
Prepare a vase solution for the roses. Mix warm water with an equal amount of lemon-lime soda in a container. Stir the mixture and then pour it into the vase. Remove any leaves from the rose stem that will fall below the water line. (This will prevent decay.) Cut the rose stems at an angle to the desired length and place in the vase.