Note: Look like you didn’t receive all of your roses? Flip the bunch over and count the stems. (The roses are packed in staggered layers to allow for slimmer bunch widths.)

You Will Need:

  • Plastic 5 gallon bucket
  • Floral shears (scissors are also helpful for removing some of the packaging, but not entirely necessary)
  • Gardening or work gloves
  • Thorn stripper (also optional, but very helpful!)


How-to Steps:

  1. Remove all packaging from the roses, except for the cardboard surrounding the heads of the blooms. (The stems can arrive a little tired and dehydrated, so this cardboard serves as extra support for the blooms until the stems have strengthened up.) You can also choose to leave on the rubber bands holding the bunches together to help keep the stems manageable, or remove them if they end up getting in your way.
  2. In a downward motion, remove any foliage that could fall below the waterline, as this can harbor bacteria that could harm your flowers. Be sure to try and reach into the center of the bunch as well!FiftyFlowers - Flower Care for Roses
  3. Trim about an inch off of the ends of the stems, and immediately place the bunch into your bucket of water. (Don’t worry about making the stem lengths uniform at this stage, you’ll need to trim them again later to even out the two different layers of roses later on.)
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  4. Wait 4-6 hours for the roses to rehydrate and strengthen up. Check on the water level after a couple of hours to ensure that they haven’t absorbed it all.
  5. Now you can remove the cardboard (and the rubber bands if you left those on). Pull apart the wrapping where it’s stapled together, and carefully remove any additional paper or cardboard that was used to separate the roses.
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  6. After all of the wrapping has been removed, spread out your roses in the bucket of water to give them room to bloom open (if they are too crowded together the roses can sense this and will slow down their blooming process). You may also choose to cut all of your roses to a uniform height at this point, but it’s not entirely necessary to do so at this stage.
  7. You may also choose to remove some additional, higher up foliage that you have access to now that the cardboard has been removed. This is also a good time to strip the stems of their thorns.
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  8. Now, the step with the most instant gratification, guard petal removal! “Guard petals” are the tough outer petals of roses that are left on to protect the delicate inner petals during shipping. They are often thicker, discolored, wrinkled; just all-around not cute. You can expect to pluck around 4-6 petals from each rose.
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Then just keep your roses hydrating until you’re ready to start arranging! If you have any questions or concerns during the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via LiveChat on our website, or give us a quick call at (877) 507-6737. We’re here to help!

from FiftyFlowers the Blog