- Jan, 19 , 22
- Thanks A Bunch Florist
Of all flowers, roses are among the most versatile and universally popular. Yet it can often be hard to make them last, both through any displays put up in shops to when customers take them home and want to make the most of their purchases. In this article, we go through the tips and tricks that we should use to stop them wilting the moment that they are cut and gathered into a bouquet. Some care recommendations may seem obvious, but there can often be elements that are forgotten, especially where temperamental flowers such as roses are concerned.
Firstly, it is important to remember that different types of roses have different needs, and this is no different when storing bouquets than it is when growing them in the garden. The most well-known and popular kind of a bouquet rose is the Hybrid Tea rose - the typical rose that many people think of. Hybrid Tea roses are among some of the best for floristry as they are often hardier than some of their cousins. Despite lacking scent, they are a popular choice, and come in a wide variety of colours, from red to pinks, yellows, and white.
Sweetheart roses are also a good choice. Despite their smaller head-size, the stems are long and robust. Sweetheart roses are can be organised en masse and come in a variety of colours.
In order to keep your roses as fresh as possible, we recommend not using Old Fashioned roses. These blooms are beautiful but have much shorter stems with bigger heads making them less versatile than Hybrid Tea roses. Old Fashioned Roses are best left to gardens rather than internal cut displays, where they can continually grow and bloom while making your garden smell beautiful.
Having established the best type of roses for floristry, now we can outline the best ways to keep them alive. Hybrid Tea and Sweetheart roses are such popular varieties for displays because they have long stems, not just because of the aesthetics longer stems provide, but also the fact that one of the most important ways to keep your roses fresh is to trim the stems regularly, daily if possible. It is recommended that you cut 0.5-1 inch off your roses each time you trim them at an angle not straight on and that while doing so you will also need to change the water that the roses are kept in, as fresh water means fresher roses for longer. You should always remove leaves from the stems of your roses once you have initially snipped them from their plant, as leaves decompose quicker than stems, particularly in water, and wet decaying plant leaves produce bacteria that can wilt the rest of the rose much quicker than those without leaves. Make sure that specialized rose food is mixed into your water, as this will help the cut flowers to retain as many nutrients for as long as possible. Where you can, try to tailor your food to the breed of rose as much as you can for the best longevity.
Not only is the water and plant food mix that you keep your roses in important, but the environment that you keep them in is equally important. Do not keep your roses in direct sunlight or warm areas, rather in a cooler spot where the petals will not dry out as quickly. However, you should also keep them away from any air conditioning units that you may have, as air circulation extracts moisture from roses, which can exacerbate the drying out of the petals. Overall, rose care, particularly as part of a bouquet, requires gentleness and consideration, as while these flowers are stunning in full bloom, they are incredibly sensitive to their environment which can cause them to wilt much quicker than other varieties of flowers.