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Make Your Valentine’s Day Roses Last

AUBURN, Ala.— Today is Valentine’s Day. Roses will undoubtedly be the flower of choice to show love on this special day. Roses come in a variety of colors, but the most popular colors are red, yellow, pink and white. Fresh cut roses have a limited life span, but with proper care you can enjoy them a lot longer.

Flower Selection

Valentine's Day RosesWhen buying roses, choose ones that display these qualities:

  • Straight stems
  • Partially opened flowers or buds showing color
  • Ability to support the bloom without the use of wire
  • Absence of disease or insect problems
  • Absence of disfigured or discolored growth
  • No damaged stems, leaves or flowers

Flower Care

By following these care and handling tips, you can extend the enjoyment of your roses seven to 10 days in total.

  • Select a vase and mix the fresh flower food with a measured amount of warm water in the vase. Read the floral food label and follow the directions. Use more than one package for a large vase.
  • Use warm water, not hot or cold water. Warm water will speed up the flowers ability to absorb the water and floral food.
  • Recut stems under water before you arrange them in the vase. Submerge the bottom 3 inches of the stem and cut 1 to 2 inches off the bottom with a sharp knife or shears.
  • The floral food and warm water should last for several days. But, roses require a lot of water, so replace the floral food and water solution as the roses use it.

Following these tips will allow you to enjoy your arrangement for a longer amount of time. For a full publication about caring for plants and fresh cut flowers, visit Alabama Extension online at http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0830/ANR-0830.pdf.



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