Rose | Flower Care

Once you receive your wholesale roses, they may arrive looking thirsty or tired. This is completely normal. Did you know flowers experience jet lag too?

Just follow these simple steps, and your roses will return to its gorgeous bloom, and ready for arranging.

1. Remove roses from box by first cutting any straps. Roses are packed in bunches with either cardboard wrapped around to protect the rose buds, or with plastic. 

2. Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. 

3.Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Roses may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate. Leave the plastic or cardboard packaging around the blooms for a minimum of 4 hours. This will allow the Roses sufficient time to properly hydrate.

4 Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Not removing the leaves may cause bacteria to form and shorten the Rose's life. 

5. Using sharp scissors or a knife, cut the stems diagonally under running water approximately one inch from each stem's bottom edge. 

6. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water. 

7. Change water every 24-48 hours, or when the water becomes cloudy to ensure freshness. Always make sure your roses have enough water as they will drink a lot upon arrival. Stems must be re-trimmed every time water is changed. 

8. Carefully remove any outer petals if necessary. It's common to have to remove a few before arranging. Always pull petals gently to avoid breaking the stem. 

Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. 

Tip: exposing roses to warm, room temperature environments will help the flowers bloom, and storing roses in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process. 

Be careful not to leave in warm temperatures as this will shorten the roses life.

Note: when you remove the bunches from the box, you might notice only 12 stems are visible. This is completely normal. The roses are packed this way to protect the buds during shipment. Do not remove the cardboard until they've hydrated for 4 hours. Simply turn the bunch over and count the number of stems shown.