"EXTENDING THE LIFE OF CUT ROSES" by Ed Bradley
We have told you that,
with a little TLC, you can have tremendous roses during the Fall season.
In order to realize the most benefit of those great blooms, here
are some practical hints to help you extend the life of the cut roses, and
thus extend the enjoyment of your rewards:
· Sharpen your shears. Crushed stems block tiny stem vessels that transport water to the bloom, causing early wilting and tissue decay.
with bleach. If the vase or
bucket is simply rinsed and left to dry, the bacteria live on and
In addition to
buckets and vases, coolers should be regularly cleaned with a
disinfectant. Wiping with a
baking soda solution works.
Cut the blooms in
the early morning (8 – 10 a.m.), as they are more turgid from taking up
moisture during the night.
After you cut roses
from the bush, immediately re-cut stems under water to remove any air
blockage in the tiny vessels.
Cut stems at an
angle to maximize tissue surface exposed to the solution.
Remove any foliage
that will be below the water level for an extended period (bacteria is
present on the foliage, which will cause early decay of tissue).
Place stems into
water (or a conditioning solution) at “garden temperature”.
Do not place in cold water immediately.
Use a preservative.
Commonly used professional hydrating solutions include Chrysal (#1,
#2, or Clear) and Floralife. These
may be powder or liquid and are generally available at garden centers or
florist shops. Some commonly
used “home remedies” are: drop
an aspirin in the flower vase; or add a splash of unflavored Listerine; or
add a splash of Clorox and 7-Up.
containers, which react with many flower preservatives, rendering the
solution far less effective.
Move roses to a
cool, dark place for 30 to 60 minutes for the conditioning period.
To harden roses,
place in a cooler as close to 36 degrees, as possible.
In a frost-free
refrigerator, you can enclose the blooms with plastic bags or wax paper to
prevent damage from the loss of moisture caused by the refrigerator.
Condensation may build up inside the enclosure.
tubes to avoid damage to leaves and blooms.
Disclaimer: While the advice and information contained in this web page is believed to be true and correct, neither the authors nor committee members can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The San Antonio Rose Society makes no warranty, expressed or implied with respect to the material contained herein.
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