Keep Roses Alive with These Tips and Tricks

05 April 2018

There is nothing more frustrating than ordering luxury rose delivery only to have your gorgeous blooms wilting in a couple of days. Long-lasting roses are the hallmark of high-quality arrangements, and at Venus ET Fleur®, we know a thing or two about creating stunning bouquets that last for months on end. Our signature Eternity™ Roses can last for more than a year with proper care, allowing you to enjoy the incredible beauty of real roses without the hassle of maintaining them. Shop our Special Collections to discover your favorite arrangement today.

With a few tips and tricks, it is easy to keep roses alive for as long as possible. In today’s post, we’ll review a few ways you can enjoy long-lasting roses, and we will also highlight a few unconventional ways that may prove beneficial in extending the life of your arrangement. Read on to learn more.

Care Tips for Long-Lasting Roses

With the following four tips, you can keep your special delivery looking bright and perky for days.

Tip #1: Maintain Clean Water

Rose stems contain thousands of tiny capillaries that enable them to absorb water and nutrients to maintain their beautiful appearance. If the water in your vase contains dirt, debris, bacteria, or other contaminants, these capillaries could become clogged, preventing the rose from deriving the nutrients it needs from the water. To prevent this, be sure to change the water in the vase frequently, cleaning the vase and rinsing it thoroughly before use.

Tip #2: Prune Properly

When preparing the roses to be placed in their vase, it is important to trim the ends of the stems with a sharp knife or pruners. This will allow maximum water flow to the capillaries. While many people believe that using scissors is the easiest way to accomplish the task, a dull pair can pinch the stem rather than cutting it cleanly, which can damage or close off the capillaries. This can affect water intake. Every few days, remove any wilted leaves from the stem and cut a bit more of the length off to encourage maximum absorption.

Tip #3: Location is Everything

To ensure your roses maintain their full blooms for as long as possible, choose your display location carefully. Roses should be stored in a cool, dry place that is not exposed to drafts or temperature fluctuations. Although they look lovely in front of a picture window, roses should not be exposed to direct sunlight, nor should they be placed next to a basket of fruit. Fresh fruit can release gases that can reduce the longevity of your arrangement.

Tip #4: Feed With Care

Many luxury flower arrangements will come with a small packet of flower food. Unfortunately, many recipients will make the mistake of pouring the entire package of food into the vase as they are preparing their flowers for display. Take care to read the instructions on the package carefully for proper dilution. Too much food in the water can clog those sensitive capillaries we discussed earlier, resulting in a bouquet that wilts sooner than it should. 

Unconventional Additives

If you have done a quick online search looking for articles with advice on how to keep roses alive for as long as possible, you’ll likely come across a few unconventional methods that ensure a long-lasting arrangement. Some of these may propose adding the following items to the rose water:

  • Penny
  • Aspirin
  • Sugar
  • Bleach
  • Soda
  • Vinegar

While some of these may prolong the life of the roses by a couple of days, none of them will prevent roses from dying within the expected time frame of one to two weeks. For long-lasting roses, there is only one real solution: luxurious Eternity™ Roses.

Eternity™ Roses that Last a Year

Are you tired of the time and effort that it takes to keep roses alive? If so, then why not upgrade your current flower delivery to an Eternity™ Rose arrangement from Venus ET Fleur®? We specialize in creating arrangements from real, long-lasting Ecuadorian roses that are treated with a proprietary solution and color pigmentation process to perfectly preserve their stunning aesthetic. Because we ship both locally and internationally, you can enjoy the exquisite beauty of our roses no matter where you are. Order your Eternity™ Rose arrangement today.