How to Arrange Long Stem Roses


Whether you grow your own roses or purchase them from a florist, a vase of long-stem roses is a delight for both the eyes and the nose. Few things are as elegant and special as long-stem roses arranged in a simple vase. There is no need for anything more than a few greens added for color when you have a bouquet of long-stem roses. Arranging these beauties is a simple process when you know a few tricks that florists use.

Step 1

Fill the vase with tepid water and add the floral preservative to the water. Mix the preservative in well until it absorbs completely.

Step 2

Prepare the vase by constructing a grid to hold the roses. Attach strips of floral tape across the opening of the vase in a grid pattern. Make the squares between the vertical and horizontal pieces of tape approximately one-half inch. Affix a piece of tape around the entire vase rim to hold the tape pieces securely.

Step 3

Hold the ends of the rose stems under cool water. Trim one inch from the bottom of each stem. Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle. Try to make the rose stems vary in length by several inches to create a pleasing floral arrangement.

Step 4

Begin creating the floral arrangement immediately. Place the longest roses in the center of the floral tape grid. Place shorter roses around the center tall ones. Use the grid to space the roses in a pleasing arrangement.

Step 5

Fill greenery in among the long-stem roses by adding it to the empty squares of the floral tape grid.

Step 6

Step back and look at your arrangement. Make any adjustments necessary to create a balanced and attractive bouquet.

Step 7

Place the finished arrangement in a location that does not have direct sunlight, direct heat or cool drafts on the roses. Change the water daily, adding fresh floral preservative.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorns on the rose stems.

Things You'll Need

  • Large vase (half as high as the tallest rose)
  • Floral tape (waterproof)
  • Tepid water
  • Floral preservative
  • Long spoon
  • Gardening gloves
  • Long-stem roses
  • Pruning shears
  • Greenery


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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.