Tips for Cutting your Roses

There is nothing more refreshing than a bouquet full of lively, sweet smelling roses. Very few other plants can be displayed as beautifully as roses can. The powerful aromas and buds blossoming further into existence can brighten up the gloomiest of days. Enjoy a vase of red roses in the middle of the dinner table or an arrangement of yellow roses perched on your bureau. Fresh cut roses will fill your living spaces with positive, natural energy.

Of course, that sad day when you have to throw the cut roses away will eventually come. Wouldn't it be wonderful if that serenity could be maintained forever? Well, you may not be able to keep your roses alive forever but you can do the next best thing. Keep your roses fresh for the longest time possible by cutting them properly.

Best Practices

You don't have to be a major Rosarian or a head gardener to cut roses. But it help if you know that there is a procedure to cutting roses that will yield better results than just snipping them and throwing them in a vase. By following a few easy steps you can keep your fresh cut roses alive and beautiful for longer.

First, before you head out into the garden, find a bucket and put an ample amount of hot water in it. Also take a holding container with hot water with you. Put the roses in the bucket and cut off about half an inch at an angle below the water line. Leave the roses in the water for ten seconds. Then move them to the holding container and leave them there until the water cools to room temperature.

Flowers with longer stems should be chosen so you can trim them again to fill out an arrangement. Use clean shears that are very sharp for precise cuts. And always cut above the bud to insure that future growth is not stunted. You want to be able to cut more roses in the future.

When to Cut Roses

The best time to cut roses is when temperatures are cooler. So you need to either get up with the roosters, or wait until after late in the afternoon. This is when the bloom and upper cane of the rose will have the most plant sugar in it.

The worst time to cut roses is midday or whenever temperatures are hot. Carefully search for the roses that are on the verge of their optimum stage of development. Pick buds that are opening but are not completely in bloom.

Don't be overzealous and cut off too many leaves at once. You want a full arrangement, but you don't want to harm your roses. If you don't leave at least three leaves on a rose stem you will starve the plant.

Discard any leaves that will end up sitting below the water line in the vase. Your roses will need more than water to survive once cut. Your roses will need a little extra help to maintain their stellar good looks. Be sure to add a floral preservative. Or if you don't have any immediately handy, mix a bit of lemon juice and sugar together and drip it into the vase.

Rose Bouquet Care

Roses need a tidy bowl to live in. Refresh the water every time it begins to get dirty. Also, allow your roses to get acclimated to their new environment before they wilt. Store the cut roses in a shady low temperature area before you show them off and whenever you leave the house.

If your roses start to wilt don't panic. Try cutting the ends of the stems again and place them in clement water for an hour or so. This should help water travel better through the stems and put off wilting for a while. One more tip for rose life span extension is to store the roses in the refrigerator over night. This will preserve your roses for an optimum amount of time.

Roses are very favorable flowers to cut. These simple, easy steps will make a difference in their life span once cut. If you furnish them with a favorable environment they will last much longer than most flowers after being cut.