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Keeping your Long Stem Roses in Bloom

Few things say love in such a symbolic way as a bouquet of long stem roses. Whether it is given for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or even just because, most recipients will want to keep those flowers blooming so that the beauty and fragrance can be enjoyed for as long as possible. To preserve your long stem roses in the best possible fashion, the work must begin as soon as the bouquet is handed over to you. There are a number of steps that you can take to get the most out of your special bouquet, including providing the proper foundation and environment for your flowers.

Proper Cutting and Watering Techniques

No matter how fresh those long stem roses are when you receive them, it is still a good idea to recut each stem at an angle while holding the area under running water. Select the vase that you would like to showcase your flowers in, and fill it with warm water. Do not use water that has been softened if possible, and add a flower preservative if one has been provided with your long stem roses. This preservative will provide your roses with the proper ingredients necessary for maximum bloom time. Make sure that you get your stems into the water before your fresh cuts have the chance to dry out.

As you submerge your long stem roses, cut off any leaves that would be under the water level. You can also gently remove any outer flower petals that have been damaged or bruised in transit. If your stems have wire inserted into them, leave them alone since they will offer additional support for your long stem roses. On the other hand, remove any vials from the bottom of the stems, since these are only included to provide short term moisture. Your water should be refreshed every couple of days, especially if you see it become cloudy or dirty. Preservative can be added every other day or so as well.

Where to Place your Long Stem Roses

The best spot to keep your long stem roses is out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. This includes electrical appliances as well as heater vents, fireplaces and sunny windows. A glass vase will allow you to monitor the level and clarity of the water, and it should be checked daily. If you find that some of your long stem roses are beginning to droop prematurely, you can try floating them in water with the ends of the stems submerged. Often this process is enough to revive roses that have drooped early and will give you additional time to enjoy your long stem roses.


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Overwatering kills most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so to see if your soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don't water it.