How should I care for my Roses to keep them looking their best?

It comes as no surprise that roses are the world’s favourite flower. Roses are everywhere! In fact, we see them so often that we may overlook them. Most people associate roses with love, but these beautiful blooms are more than a Valentine's Day cliché. Roses come in a stunning array of shapes, sizes, and shades. Not only are they beautiful to look at, roses are full of meaning and have been used throughout history as a symbol of both love and war. Keep reading if you’d like to learn more fascinating facts about this astonishing bloom.

Roses are red, they're never blue, here are some more rose facts for you!

- Roses are one of the oldest cultivated, decorative flower in the world. The oldest living rose is 1,000 years old. It is 69 feet tall by 30 feet wide and can be found climbing the walls of a Catholic cathedral in Hildesheim, Germany.

- The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old.

- The MOST EXPENSIVE rose ever introduced was ‘Juliet’ by David Austin. Austin reported that the rose took him 15 years approximately $3 million to develop. It was unveiled at the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show in London and was sold for $5 million*

- The “WAR OF THE ROSES” was a series of English civil wars from 1455 to 1485. The war was named after the symbols used by the feuding sides, a white rose for the House of Yorkshire (York) and a red rose for the House of Lancaster**

- Their Fragrance is Used in Perfumes. Specifically, rose oil has been an important ingredient in the perfume industry for centuries. The process of extracting rose oil from flowers requires a huge amount of roses; just one gram of oil is produced from two thousand roses. The smell of roses is thought to be relaxing and restorative because it encourages us to breath deeply and slowly.

- You can eat roses. Their petals are edible and rose water (made from soaking the petals in water) is often added to jellies or jams, or is used as flavouring. Rose hips are packed with vitamin C and can be used in cocktails or dried to create a refreshing tea.***

- The scientific name for a rose is rosa and they are part of the rosaceae family.

Keeping Roses Fresh:

Roses can last longer than a week if you properly care for them. Follow these simple tips to extend the life of your roses so that they can remain a sight for sore eyes!

  1. Roses have a vase life of around 7-14 days. Prepare your roses by removing the leaves from the stems and guard petals that surround the blooms. This will reduce the amount of bacteria that can build up in the water.
  2. Diagonally trim the stems by a few centimeters. This trick increases the surface area of the cut, helping the blooms absorb more water and nutrients.
  3. Place the ends of the roses in a large bowl filled with fresh water.
  4. Make sure vase is clean and free from bacteria by washing with soapy water.
  5. Fill a vase with fresh lukewarm water and flower food (following the directions on the packet). 
  6. Arrange the Rose Stems in the Vase. 
  7. Keep the vase topped up with water daily and remove any foliage touching the water.
  8. change the water and re-trim the stems every few days to keep your roses fresher for longer.
  9. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight.  




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