If you want to cut roses for floral display, be forewarned...not all roses do well once cut. Some last only a day or so in water before wilting spectacularly.
Water your roses well the day before cutting. Cut your roses early in the day when there is the most sugar in the blossom and stem. Use clean, sharp pruners and cut to the first five leaf leaflet at an angle and without crushing the stem.
Take your roses inside to prepare them right away. Fill two buckets with hot water. Add floral preservative to one. In the bucket without the preservative, recut each rose under water, again at an angle and without crushing the stem. Once cut, put it in the bucket with the preservative. To get even longer bloom life, put the recut blooms into a refrigerator as soon as the water cools.
Arrange your flowers the following day in a clean vase filled with fresh water and more preservative. Remove all leaves or thorns that will be below the water line. Keep them in a shady, cool location in your house as much as possible to preserve them from heat or sunlight. Recut every other day and refresh the water.
The following classic roses varieties are particularly gratifying when cut.
Reds and Pinks
Oranges and Coppers
Salmons and Corals
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