Flower Guides: Get advice and insights from the pros

Want to make your flowers last longer? Follow these flower care tips from our expert florists.

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

 It comes as no surprise that roses are the world’s favorite flower. 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. You’ll already be familiar with the gift of red roses on Valentine’s Day, but did you know that the number of red roses means something too? Our guide reveals this and so many more hidden gems about the rose.

Keeping Roses Fresh:

  1. Remove the Leaves from the Stems and Guard Petals That Surround the Blooms. ...
  2. Place the Ends of the Roses in a Large Bowl Filled with Fresh Water. ...
  3. Fill a Vase with Fresh Water and Flower Food. ...
  4. Arrange the Rose Stems in the Vase. ...
  5. Repeat the Process in a Few Days.

 It comes as no surprise that roses are the world’s favorite flower. 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. You’ll already be familiar with the gift of red roses on Valentine’s Day, but did you know that the number of red roses means something too? Our guide reveals this and so many more hidden gems about the rose.

 Avoid placing them in direct sunlight. Before placing in a vase cut stems at an angle. This trick increases the surface area of the cut, helping the blooms absorb more water and nutrients. Remove excess foliage about three quarters of the way up the stem.

Fun facts:

  1. Roses are England’s national flower. In the 1400s there was a war between the houses of Lancaster (represented by the red rose) and York (represented by a white rose) which is famously known as the War of the Roses. After his victory, Henry VII merged the two roses to create the Tudor rose - the rose of England.
  2. The scientific name for a rose is rosa and they are part of the rosaceae family.
  3. Roses were originally native to China but are now grown all over the world.
  4. A rose fossil found in Colorado was dated as being 35 million years old.
  5. Roses don’t have thorns, they have prickles - that’s the botanical term for the sharp growths formed from the stem.