Warm/Cool the Water
Water temperature affects the Roses and how quickly they open. If you’d like to open flowers faster use room temperature water. The warmth allows for faster absorption of the H2O through the stems, causing the bloom to open faster. It’s kind of like taking a warm bath, your muscles relax. Once open, use cool water (or simply add some ice cubes to the vase) in order to keep the blooms lasting longer. Though water still absorbs into the stem, colder water slows any decay, bacteria, or mold from breaking down the organic matter.
Change Water Regularly
Clean, fresh water not only guarantees bacteria and mold do not build in the water, but also allows you the opportunity to feed the Roses regularly. For the longest lasting blooms change the water everyday, but every few days is also fine. Either way, you don’t drink just one cup of water a week and neither should your flowers. Keep them fresh and hydrated.
Add Pennies or Soda
It seems strange, but adding a few pennies and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase increases the pH of the water slightly. This will prevent any small bacteria or microbes from growing in the water and deteriorating the Roses. Similarly, soda can do the same thing. The sugar in clear sodas such as Sprite, 7-Up or Dr. Enuf nourishes the plants and keeps blooms bright and lasting longer. Add no more than a quarter cup to the water in the vase.
Trim the Stems ¼ Inch Per Day
Simple and regular trimming allows for absorption and hydration. Always cut stems at an angle, and trimming a quarter inch off each stem per day will keep the blooms strong, nourished and beautiful.
Keeping flowers alive and healthy is easier than it sounds. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these quick tips will make an impact on the lifespan of your Roses.