Tips and tricks for making roses last longer
A few simple tricks can make your cut roses last up to 2 weeks...
instead of 2 days. Of course, how the roses were handled
before you bought them counts for a lot; but let's look at some
simple steps you can take!
- Cut the stems under water
The cut end of
the stem slowly seals up after being cut from the plant.
TeleFlora tells us "Typically,
flowers are shipped dry, so in order for them to sufficiently
rehydrate, you must cut the stems again." You
may know to make a fresh cut, but this cut must be made while
the stem is underwater, to avoid the plant sucking in some air
when the cut is made, which then blocks water from moving up the
stem. Cutting under water may extend the life of your blossoms
by as much as 18 to 32 percent, according to ProFlowers, citing
John W. Kelley of the Clemson University Department of
Horticulture. Cut each stem on a 45-degree angle. This
increases the surface area, allowing the flowers to absorb more
- Change the water daily
If the roses go
dry, even briefly, their longevity will be dramaticaly reduced
- Use sugar or silver nitrate in the water
The International Journal Of Agriculture & Biology, Shahid Javed
Butt of the Hill Fruits Research Station found that a
sucrose solution (25 grams of common table sugar per liter of
water, or about 2 tabklespoons in 1 quart ) extended the life of
the roses by 2.5 days compared to roses in distilled water.
Using a silver nitrate solution (150 ppm) for 24 hours was even
more effective, providing 3.7 days before wilting. Both are
compared to untreated roses. Silver nitrat is a preservative,
and also poisonous, so not to be kept around children or handled
- Keep the roses cool
freezing, but they'll last a lot longer at 45 F than at 80 F!
And keep them away from heat sources, l;ike the mantel of a
fireplace or in the sun
- Buy roses a few days before the 14th.
Roses tend to last between five and seven days, and even a bit
longer with a trick or two, like adding a little sugar to the