First, all fresh flowers will die if they are exposed to freezing temperatures. Make sure they are wrapped and covered against freezing winds while walking to and fro and don’t leave flowers in your car during cold winter months. This is NOT a good hiding place. Roses are fussy in that they do not like to be without water for any length of time. Water tubes on individual roses fill in the gap during travel. However they do not last a long time – not overnight. If needed, tubes can be pulled off, refilled with water and put back on. Before putting them in a vase give them a fresh cut.
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Take a small amount off, half an inch if the time out of water has not been long – up to two inches if the time has been longer. Out of water they can draw air up and the cut end will start to “heal” over. A fresh cut will open the vessels to take up more water.
Fresh clean water with a luke warm temperature is best. The roses will more readily draw up water – cold water is constricting. Add the small packet of flower preservitive. This is not only food but corrects the pH of the water making uptake better. (Didn’t know that did ya?)
Re-cutting the ends and changing the water will give you the best health. The water will grow bacteria as the flowers age which shortens the life of the flowers. Another trick? Put the flowers in the refridgerator overnight and when you are not around. The fridge will help slow down the aging process. NOTE: Fresh fruit and flowers don’t mix well – the gas from the ripening fruit will spoil the flowers.
Enjoy your roses! Are we not lucky to witness such beauty in the dead of winter?