Stop and Smell the Roses
There’s nothing like having fresh flowers around the house and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to stop and smell the roses. Dallas Arboretum‘s Vice President of Gardens, Dave Forehand, shares his advice for preserving blooms received this February 14.
Follow these quick and easy tips in order to increase the lifespan of your roses:
- When purchasing cut roses, make sure the roses are stored in a cooler and the stems are immersed in water.
- Cut the ends of the stems at a 45 degree angle after you’ve received them. This cut will help the roses receive water more effectively and last longer.
- Cut off any leaves so they aren’t immersed in water.
- Add the floral packet to preserve the roses.
- Keep the roses away from heaters.
- Keep the cut blooms out of the sun. Even though roses grow in full sun, cut roses aren’t fond of direct sunlight.
- Change the water every two to three days or when it begins to look cloudy.
- If you can put flowers in the refrigerator at night, do it. They will last longer.
For more gardening tips, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden blog.