Rose Care tips that will give your beautiful roses a longer vase life!
- Put your roses in a deep bucket of water as soon as possible.
- Prepare a clean vase, washed thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria, and rinsed of any soapy residue.
- Fill the vase with water and the flower food provided by your florist. Flower food prolongs the life of your flowers - it is a food source, an acidifier to control the pH of the water, and a biocide to kill harmful bacteria.
- Remove any lower leaves on the stem that may fall below the water level, as these promote bacterial growth.
- Re-cut the stems, between one and two inches, and place in the vase of water immediately. For best results, cut stems with a sharp knife at an angle. This allows them to better absorb water. Do not use scissors because they can crush the stems and slow down water absorption.
- Keep your roses away from drafts, direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Window sills should be avoided. Most flowers will last longer in cooler conditions.
- Keep your flowers away from ripening fruit. These give off ethylene gas, which shorten the life of cut flowers.
- Keep your vase full of water, topping it up every day. Change the water if it becomes cloudy, wash the vase and add more flower food. This can be done every 3 days for optimum vase life of our premium roses.
- Give roses a fresh look by gently removing discoloured or drooping petals from roses, and wilting leaves and stems.
With these Rose care tips our quality roses from our farm on the slopes of Mount Kenya are guaranteed to last between 7 and 21 days in the vase!