Extending the Life of Your Roses

With so many people enjoying roses this week here are a few pointers on extending their vase life or finding them another purpose.

1). Recut the stems every 3 to 4 days. This ensures that the roses are able to drink up the water.

2). Keep water levels high and change the water completely every few days. You may even want to wash out the vase or container. Many arrangements are designed in a floral foam that soaks up the water (much like a sponge) but also needs to be checked for water.

3). Remove foliage from the water as this can breed bacteria.

4). Roses enjoy cool temperatures so keep your bouquet in a nice shady spot away from heat sources (including your tv or laptop)

Tip: Wilting roses can be revived! Try this – trim off about an inch from the bottom of its stem and then submerge the entire rose under water in a sink or bathtub. Allow the stem to absorb water for about 20-60 minutes before returning them to their vase.

Want to give your roses a “second life”? Here are some creative uses I think are really fun:

  • CraftBits gives us a Rose Petal Notebook – how special would you feel remembering your Valentine every time you used the notebook at work? And so pretty, too!
  • Old Fashioned Living blog tells us several ideas for DIY projects with roses, including how to dry your rose petals – simple and so nice to keep around, this is a classic way to keep your gift beyond the ‘vase life’. Pick apart your petals and lay them out flat on a paper towel. Place the drying rose petals in a spot with good airflow but not in direct sunlight. Turn them over carefully until they’re completely dry.  That’s all there is to it!
  • I adore this idea from Family Corner.com – use your rose petals to make rose votives! Now your romantic roses can add a little drama for lovely dinners or other special moments. All it takes is rose petals, glass votive holders, white glue (like Elmer’s), white tissue paper and a few other household items (like wax paper to set it all on as it dries).

What ideas do you have for keeping your lovely gift around for an extended time? We’d love to hear!

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