How to Save & Preserve a Fresh Cut Rose


As the traditional symbol of love and romance, the rose holds a special place in nearly every woman's heart. Fresh floral arrangements with red roses and delicate white baby's breath send the message of love and intense desire, but fresh flowers eventually fade. To preserve the moment for years to come, many dry a single rose (or an entire bouquet) in its natural state to serve as a memento of special events and to honor a cherished memory.

Step 1

Select fresh dry roses that are just beginning to open. Check that foliage is free of blemishes and the stem is straight. Damaged or withered roses do not preserve well.

Step 2

Gather the roses in a small bundle. Four to six roses are ideal. Tie the stems with twine or secure with an elastic. Elastics offer the added benefit of shrinking as the plant material dries, keeping the bundle secure.

Step 3

Hang the roses up-side-down in warm dry well-ventilated area. Choose an area that receives little light as sunlight may fade the blooms.

Step 4

Check roses daily for any signs of mildew. Remove affected foliage and discard.Turn the bundle, if necessary to dry all roses evenly.

Step 5

Allow to dry for two weeks or more. Test for dryness by folding a leaf or stem. If it breaks easily it is sufficiently dry. Stems or leaves that bend require longer drying time.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not dry roses in areas of high humidity as the added moisture will delay drying and may cause problems with mold or mildew.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh cut roses
  • Twine/elastics


  • North Dakota State University: Methods of Preserving Flowers
  • West Virginia University Extension: Preserving Flowers
  • Clemson University Extension: Drying Flowers

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida Extension:Drying and Preserving Plant Materials
  • University of California Extension: Methods of Preserving Roses
Keywords: fresh roses, dry roses, hang to dry

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.