Roses: Caring for Your Beautiful Blooms
6 Tips to Keep Roses Looking Great
- Prepare a clean and sanitized container for your roses.
- Fill your container with fresh water and a floral preservative.
- Remove any foliage that falls below the water line to keep the water clean and extend the life of your roses.
- Cut your rosesâ€™ stems and place them in water as soon as possible. This will help keep them from wilting.
- Display flowers in an area that doesnâ€™t receive direct sunlight, where they wonâ€™t be exposed to extreme heat or cold.
- You should change the water in your container every other day.
Foliage and Guard Petals: Clip or Keep?
Guard petals are the outermost petals on a rose or other flower, which protect the delicate inner blossoms as the flower grows. Theyâ€™ve given rise to a long-standing debate: do you remove them, or let them be?
The answer is, it comes down to personal preference! Thereâ€™s an old wives tale that guard petals must be removed for the health and appearance of the rose, but in many cases, the guard petals add character and color to the rose. Some roses look better with the guard petals left on!
Fast Facts: Roses
- If you like roses, youâ€™re not alone. The rose is the favorite flower of 85% of Americans.
- In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making the rose the national flower of the United States.
- Roses are an American tradition. George Washington even bred them at his home, Mount Vernon!
- Roses go back a long way in North America. One fossilized rose found in Florissant, Colorado is an estimated 35 million years old.
- If you want to see the oldest living rose plant, however, youâ€™ll have to go to Hildesheim, Germany. At the cathedral there is a rose bush that has supposedly been growing for more than 1,000 years!
- Rose hips, the fruit of the rose plant, contain more Vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable.
What Rose Colors Mean
- White: Innocence, purity, secrecy and new beginnings.
- Cream: Grace, charm and thoughtfulness.
- Green: Balance, peace, regrowth and rejuvenation.
- Yellow: Joy, cheer, delight, friendship and â€śget well soon!â€ť
- Peach: Gratitude, sincerity and appreciation.
- Orange: Energy, enthusiasm and creativity.
- Coral: Desire, fascination and happiness.
- Red: Passion, love, romance, beauty and courage.
- Lavender: Love at first sight, enchantment and majesty.
- Pink: Appreciation, admiration, sweetness and grace.