How to Keep Fresh Roses

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The week has flown by. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. We were sick all week so we haven’t done anything special this year. I feel like I am missing all the good things in life lately, with the move, being sick and trying to catch up and get organized.

I am still not on top of things, including blogging.

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Valentine’s Day came around and I found these lovely bouquets of flowers on the table along with cards and chocolate. My sweet hubby out did himself this year. The second bouquet was for my mother. She was so pleased, she said she has NEVER gotten flowers or candy for Valentine’s Day. What a shame!

cutting rose stems

There are some tricks to keeping bouquets as long as possible. Perhaps you weren’t aware that your flowers need some special treatment when you bring them home from the store.

First step is to pull them out of the vase and trim the stems at a 45 degree angle, at least 2″ or more depending on the size of your container. Both flowers and greenery should get this treatment.

Smashing rose stems

Roses do better in water when you smash the ends of the stems with a hammer. This helps them draw the best water and stay fresh longer.

Roses in the vase

Before you put them back into the vase, remove all foliage below the water line. This keeps the water cleaner and gives the flowers more room to spread out and open.

Fill your vase with water. Add your floral fresh if you have it. A crushed aspirin makes an excellent substitute  for fertilizer. Replace the water in the vase at least every other day or as needed. Your flowers should keep for up to 7-10 days.

Roses and Quote

I hope you got some beautiful flowers for your special day. However if you didn’t, I highly recommend that you pick some up for yourself. Aldi’s has bouquets for $3.99. You can’t get more joy for less money!

Have a great day!

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