Cutting Roses

While roses can look good in your garden, they can also look good in your home.  Cutting roses can be a great way to get your garden looks into your house!

While roses can look good in your garden, they can also look good in your home.  Cutting roses can be a great way to get your garden looks into your house!

Obviously a nice arrangement is one of the best uses, but you can also use them for bouquets, for drying and preserving, and for corsages.
The proper tools are key.  Make sure to have a good pair of sharp shears.  You want to make a nice clean cut to encourage reblooming and stem growth.  A jagged edge can leave your plants more susceptible to disease.  Also make sure to have a clean bucket of water to immediate place the cut ends into.

The best time to cut is in the early morning or at night.  You want full petals, which means that they are well watered.  Petals tend to dry out during the day heat and sun.  Take a look at the blooms.  There should be a couple of petals unfolded, but not everything.  This will be a blossom that will keep its shape and color longer, and unfold once you have arranged them.

While it can be tempting to cut a really long stem, you want to leave enough growth to spurn a new blossom.  There should be at least a couple of leaves on the stem below the cut.  The plant needs the leaves to get energy from the sun.  Removing too much foliage can cripple your flower.  Also, cut on an angle as well, remember to leave a clean line.

Once you’ve cut your bunch,  you need to get into your house and recut the last inch or so off the bottom, while underwater.  This removes any trapped air that may have occurred when you originally cut the stems.  You can then place the roses into vases or bowls, but remember to keep the stems out of air as much as possible.


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