Flower & business design insights, inspiration, and advise for the modern day florist (or wannabe florist).
If you ever stumbled upon a huge gorgeous rose display, you might feel overwhelmed. You know the pressure to pick the "perfect" bunch! Well there are a few signs to look for that will help you pick the perfect bouquet every time!
In order to enjoy the full life of your roses, you want to make sure that they roses heads do not loose hydration. You can spray the rose heads and foliage with water or seal in the moisture with a floral preservative spray that will extend the life of your roses, in some cases, by a full week.
Clean Rose Display
If you purchase fresh roses, that are not fully blow open, you can enjoy them in most cases up to two full weeks. You have to change the water daily and make sure that NO foliage is inside of the water. A cap full of bleach does the trick to keep bacteria from forming. This is especially important for garden roses. These beauties have a high petal count and come with lots of gorgeous leaves. Just make sure to remove any below the rim of the vase that might get into the water.
The Rose Heads
When inspecting the rose heads check the tips of the petals for damage do to weather or excessive busing. Gently pinch the rose heads to check for firmness. Roses that are too firm will never open and are bullet roses, always stay away from these not matter what. Roses that are not firm at all, could simple just lack hydration or be old. Depending on how far blown open they are you can use your judgement or simply ask.
Keeping Bactria Away
The flower buckets should never be over crowed, or filled with dirty water. If you smell anything other than fresh flowers, in some cases a hint of bleach, then perhaps you should shop elsewhere.
Julian Dates (Expiration Date)
If you are purchasing from a retailer you might find a Julian Date (JDN) next to the barcode. The Julian calendar is based on the actual day of the year, today is March (day number of the year 79). This is the date that the product hit the sales floor and is good anywhere from 5-7 days past the date.
The foliage should be green, not yellow or brown. Inspect the foliage (greenery) for mold, or spots. Lastly, the foliage should not be "crunchy" or wilted.
What is your secret sauce to picking roses or making them last longer?
There are tried and true ways on keep roses alive longer that have inspired debates in our classes. Everything from using sugar, or adding a penny in the vase, everyone has their favorite method. If you have any secrets to pick the perfect blooms or making the gorgeous roses and flowers in general last longer please feel free to share!