How to Care for Fresh Picked Roses


The rose is a perennial flower that comes in a wide variety of different colors. The flowers are fragrant and usually have stems that are laden with thorns. Roses usually require a lot of care because they are susceptible to a number of different pests. These shrubs are usually grown for their flowers and they are one of the most popular flowers sold by florists. With a little care you can make your cut roses last longer.

Step 1

Clean your flower vase with bleach and water and rinse it thoroughly.

Step 2

Fill the vase with clean water. Use a 1/2 tsp. of bleach for every 16 oz. of water. The bleach will prevent bacteria from growing in the water. You should change the water daily to prolong the life of your flowers.

Step 3

Cut the flowers using a very sharp pair of pruning shears. You can also use specialty scissors that you can purchase at your local florist. Do not use household scissors because they will mash and bruise the flower stems. Place the cut roses in a bucket of tepid water immediately after you cut them so they will not be shocked.

Step 4

Remove the roses from the water one at a time and use a sharp knife to re-cut the ends. Cut the bottoms at a 45-degree angle. This will increase the surface area for the roses to drink the water.

Step 5

Strip off any leaves that will be stuffed inside the vase or that will be under the water once you have placed the flowers in the vase. The leaves will begin to rot in the water and can cause bacteria to grow. This can shorten the life of your cut roses.

Step 6

Place the re-cut roses back into the bucket of water and allow them to sit for a few hours to drink plenty of the water.

Step 7

Add a packet of flower preservative to the water in your vase and carefully arrange each rose, one by one. Your flowers should last approximately two weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Pruning shears
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Knife
  • Flower preservative


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Keywords: caring for cut roses, cutting roses, cut flowers

About this Author

Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.