How To Keep Roses Fresh

There may be nothing worse than fresh flowers that start to turn brown and wilt days or even hours after you receive them. If this happens to you, know that you don't have to suffer through quickly rotting flowers. Instead, you can keep roses fresh if you follow these steps.

You'll need:

  • Fresh cut roses
  • Floral preservative or aspirin tablets
  • Vase
  • Pruning shears
  • Sharp knife
  • Fresh water


  1. Place the roses in water as soon as possible. If there will be more than a thirty minute delay in getting the roses from cutting to water then store them in a refrigerator so they will stay cool. Fill the vase with fresh, warm water. Keep the stems in the water but do not arrange the flowers until step five.
  2. Add floral preservatives (or aspirin) to the water. Stir in the mix until it dissolves per the instructions.
  3. Trim off any leaves. There should be no torn, browning or damaged leaves remaining on the cut flowers. Also remove any leaves that will be below the water line as these will cause the flowers to deteriorate faster.
  4. Use knife to trim the ends. Pull each flower out of the water one at a time. Cut ½ inch off the bottom of the stem. Cut at an angle so the preservatives can be absorbed easier.
  5. Replace the stems into the vase and water. Arrange the flowers to the look you prefer then place the roses somewhere where you can enjoy them.
  6. Maintain the roses with daily trimming and water renewal. One key to maintaining freshness longer is to change the water and trim the stems and leaves each day. This keeps them from rotting or spoiling.

You won't keep cut roses forever but if you follow these steps you may get up to two weeks of beautiful blooms from a fresh cut bouquet. Be sure to keep your roses healthy by trimming and removing any dead petals and leaves. Then keep the water clean to prolong the blooms.


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