We all know that roses are stunning in the garden, but did you know you can bring that beauty inside? Read on for some tips on how to make the perfect rose arrangement. We think it will be your next go-to decoration!
While the roses will be the focal point, it’s important not to forget about the vase. It’s a great way to express your style, so pick that vase wisely. Once you have one picked out, make sure to give it a wash. If possible, fill the vase with a bleach solution to eliminate any harmful bacteria that could impact your flowers. Use a mixture that’s 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Let it sit for 2 – 4 hours. Then, pour out the solution and wash the vase with warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly before using.
The first step is making sure you have a pair of sharp gardening shears. Dull shears will crush the stem, something which you want to avoid. Also, make sure you bring a clean bucket with water out to the garden with you, as you will keep the roses in water until you’re ready to arrange.
When choosing which rose to cut, you don’t want to cut every rose that’s in full bloom. You mainly want to cut roses that still have fairly tight buds with petals starting to loosen. Cut a few roses in full bloom now, as those will make the arrangement look beautiful right away. When those fade, toss them out and enjoy the blooms of the roses that were previously buds.
When cutting the roses from the shrub, you don’t have to cut the stems to their desired length quite yet. You’ll do that a bit later, so keep focused on choosing the best buds and keep those stems long.
Before you put the roses in the vase, you’ll want to do a little prep. First, figure out your desired stem length for your vase and cut them at a 45˚ angle at that length. Next, hold the stems underwater when you make that cut to reduce the risk of air pockets forming, which can hinder water absorption. Finally, cut off any leaves that will fall below the waterline when placed in the vase to ensure that water is kept clean.
Talking about vases, remember that vase you so diligently cleaned? Fill that up with cool, clean water, and don’t skimp! Fill it up with enough water so all of the stems will be submerged.
There are no rules on how to make cut arrangements, so experiment and see what looks best with your vase. It could be that you need to trim the length a bit more, or you need to add some other contrasting flowers. Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it!
Once your vase is complete, place it in a spot out of direct sunlight as arrangements thrive when kept in a cooler environment. Refresh the water daily and trim a little off the stem every 2 – 3 days to add to their vase life. Now, go and enjoy your Easy Elegance® Roses, both inside and out!
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