Cut roses, whether a single one or a whole bouquet, are an attractive addition to a vase on your mantle or table. Keep the flowers looking their best so their beauty can grace your home a little bit longer. Most bouquets remain fresh for seven days, sometimes longer. It depends on the quality of the flowers when they are cut. Preparing the flowers properly before placing them in a vase--in addition to a little daily maintenance--will keep the roses looking their best.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Place the end of the stem under water and cut it off at an angle.
Strip off any leaves that will be below the water line once the flower is in the vase. Submerged leaves rot and release chemicals into the water, which will cause the roses to wilt more quickly.
Fill the vase with lukewarm water. Add a flower preservative to the water and let it dissolve. Follow the package's instructions.
Move the roses from the bowl of water to the vase. Set the flower arrangement in an area out of direct sunlight and away from air or heat vents.
Remove the flowers as they wilt, leaving only those that are still blooming in the vase. Add more water as needed and more preservative as indicated in the package's instructions.
Change the water if it becomes discolored. Rinse out the vase before adding fresh water and preservative.