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Roses.....a question

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Susan10146857 Report 11 Feb 2013 23:33



Susan10146857 Report 11 Feb 2013 23:35

Can anyone tell me why roses droop as soon as I get them home after buying them? I have tried bashing the ends or feeding them and even leaving them be in plain water, all to no avail.......any theories?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 11 Feb 2013 23:37

Not really, but I've always found the same with bought roses. The ones I've picked from the garden always last well with no special treatment.


ChrisofWessex Report 11 Feb 2013 23:41

google - lots of remedies on there.


Susan10146857 Report 11 Feb 2013 23:45

Thanks Chris I was hoping someone on here could tell me.......touching base and all that.... Conversing with other GR members who have had the same problem would have been nice :-)


PatrickM Report 11 Feb 2013 23:47

Usually its because air gets into the stem.

This is the way I've put roses in a vase.
First pinch off any leaves that will be below the water in the vase. Leaves rot in the water and turn it murky and that rotten water is taken up by the flower. Get the vase ready with warm water. Then cut a 1/2 inch off the stem under running water and put immediately into the vase. Change the water every couple of days and recut the bottoms like above each time you do it.

Hopefully this helps.


Susan10146857 Report 11 Feb 2013 23:52

Thank you Patrick. :-)

I suppose bashing the ends of them was a mistake then :-(


maggiewinchester Report 12 Feb 2013 00:13

Buy a pot rose - it last much longer - and when the flowers die, you can plant it in the garden :-D


Susan10146857 Report 12 Feb 2013 00:17

yes Maggie.....I saw some lovely valentine pot roses in Tescos .....I think I will.

The roses I bought yesterday were on offer and looked gorgeous amongst the lilies.....unfortunately they are no more :-(


JoyBoroAngel Report 12 Feb 2013 14:10

try adding an asprin and a spoon full of sugar to the water
soon as you get them home


AnninGlos Report 12 Feb 2013 14:12

I think roses need to be cut diagonally. Unfortunately roses this time of year are forced so won't last long in centrally heated rooms. I am not sure but some flowers don't like to 'live together. Forexample something in daffodils when expelled into the water blocks the stems of other flowers from taking up water.


Von Report 12 Feb 2013 14:17

When you get them home put them in a bucket of water right up to their necks for a while
Then trim and remove leaves and put into vase with normal amounts of water.
Hope it works


Merlin Report 12 Feb 2013 14:23

Most forced roses are the same,also they have no aroma,which to me is the reason to buy them(If you have to)If you cut the bottom of the stems diagonally and as Joy Said add a little Sugar or an aspirin to the water they should last reasonably well but don,t expect too much from them.David Austin Supplies roses in bunches direct to your door (For a Price) but its best of all if you grow your own,they,re worth waiting for and if you have enough ,you can fill your rooms with them and their perfume. :-D :-D :-D


Susan10146857 Report 12 Feb 2013 14:24

thank you for the tips :-)

In the end I cut off the complete stalk and placed each rose head in a short wide glass with a small amount of water. it seemed a shame to just throw them away. ........and guess what!......over night they have become crisp again :-D

I am now having to display them separately all over the house though.

With the above tips I will now be ready to do battle with the next bunch :-D


Merlin Report 12 Feb 2013 14:28

Susan10146857, Google" David Austin Roses",and you can get most of the information you need,**M**. :-D


Susan10146857 Report 12 Feb 2013 14:38

Sometimes Google is a lonely place Merlin, but thank you for the suggestion, I will certainly take a look :-)


Wendy Report 12 Feb 2013 15:42

Always cut flower ends on the slant otherwise they dont take up water.if the ends are bashed they break down and put bacteria into the water.
daffodils should be on their own they give off a gas which some flowers dont like.
you could do what us flower arrangers do ,---after picking or buying flowers cut a small amount off stems and place in BOILING water for 10 seconds,then immediately into coolish water.they become nice and turgid and stand up well.

I have found Tescos the best for roses they last weeks. if given the above treatment.
Happy flower arranging .


Susan10146857 Report 12 Feb 2013 15:46

Thank you Wendy :-)

I wouldn't mind but we had a long line of florists in the family none of it rubbed off on me though. I love flowers but hate it when they die :-(


Claddagh Report 12 Feb 2013 16:12

I buy about 2-4 bunches of roses per week. Several were still going strong over 4 weeks later.The least time they have lasted only about 2 weeks.The best ones were called 'Vampires', horrible name for such lovely flowers, and, they actually had a perfume!
I always cut them on the slant, all leaves that would go under the water line cut off,(this is also for all flowers)use luke warm water with special liquid flower food added, and top up when the level of water goes down to roughly 5 centimeters.Never change the water at all.!Bought 2 bunches of new type of roses today, am curious how long they last.If you buy them during very cold weather, and won't be home for about half an hour, always put them in water, then in a cool place to acclimatize for a couple of hours, then bring them into a warm room. Good luck!


Claddagh Report 12 Feb 2013 16:19

Tulips and daffodils in one vase don't like each other. Btw, I always hang my roses upside down on the ceiling or other places where air can circualate around them, when they have finished blooming, so have 2 x the pleasure of them.