How to get the best out of your roses!

Friday Feb 14, 2020 By: Samantha

How to get the best out of your roses!

Luck you! You received a flower delivery from your Valentine! Was it roses? We bet it was roses… Naturally, you want to make sure your beautiful blooms last as long as possible. The sad truth is that your roses are not going to last forever. However, with proper care and attention they should last at least a week and in some cases even longer! Follow these simple tips to get the best out of your roses!

Prep your vase before you cut the stems! Fill a CLEAN vase with room temperature water. This will allow the roses to spend as little time as possible out of water once they have been cut!  The water should fill up about 90% of the vase.  Add the flower food provided by Westmount Florist to the water and stir it up until the food is completely dissolved. As is the case with cooking and baking, proper preparation is key and will make the rest of the job run smoothly.


Cut your stems! If you received a flower delivery and put them in water without cutting your stems STOP WHAT YOUR DOING and go cut those stems!  Failing to cut the stems is one of the most common and grave mistakes someone can make after receiving flowers. Use garden shears or a sharp knife to cut the stems at an angle. Cutting the stems at an angle gives the rose a larger surface area to uptake water and prevents them from lying flat on the bottom of the vase. For the keeners out you can re-cut your bouquet once every couple of days after the initial cut for even better results!


Prune and remove any leaves below the water line to prevent bacterial growth Yuck! We typically remove the roses’ guard petals (the two or three outermost petals of the flower) here at Westmount Florist during our cleaning process. After our initial pruning, you can check your flowers daily. Remove any unsightly, dead or drooping petals or leaves to avoid bacterial rot.


Avoid Direct Sunlight, Heat and Drafts. Your roses will last longer if they are comfortable! This means a room with a cooler temperature and not too many Montreal drafts. Avoid placing your roses in direct sunlight or near heaters. Open windows, heating and cooling vents can also cause your roses to quickly dehydrate.


As mentioned above, unfortunately your roses won’t last forever. However, following the above steps can be the difference between roses that last a few days and roses that last over a week!

For any further questions or concerns about your roses give us a call at our Montreal (514-488-9121) or Pointe-Claire (514-697-5858) locations.

Enjoy your roses!

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