LM answered Thursday February 15 2007, 4:46 pm: Changing the water everday helps. It'll keep the vase from smelling like a pond someone dumped garbage in, too. Also, when you run out of plant food, adding a little sugar to the water works well too.
Also, when it comes time to drying them (a good idea once they really start to wilt and would otherwise have to be thrown away or destined for a potpurri bowl) is to use clippy hangers. Chances are pretty good there's some kicking around the house already. People usually use them to hang pants or skirts. The hangers hold the stems well, and you can hang them from anywhere there's room: curtain rod (close the shade if possible; they won't fade as quickly), door frame, etc. Anywhere you can hang clothes, you can dry flowers.
Keeping them in the fridge only works if you don't have apples in the fridge too. Don't ask how I know that... but I know it ruins corsages. haha. I think I heard it from Martha Stewart. [ LM's advice column | Ask LM A Question ]
That website tells you all about the suggested care you should take with roses to prolong their lifetime. If you follow their tips, there isn't anything more you can do beyond that. Sad how all good things must eventually come to an end. Once they really begin to die on you, you can hang them upside down. I would assume you'll run into difficulty with hanging an entire bouqet, but one or two should be just fine. You could just stick it with a thumb tack into a cork board. They'll eventually fade to a creamy yellow and wilt slightly, but the petals can stay intact for several years before breaking lose. :)
As for keeping them in the refrigerator, that will help preserve them, yes. But that would be hiding them, when I would think you would want to enjoy their beauty for as long as they last. You are obviously free to do whatever you please with your roses, but if it were up to me that just wouldn't even be an option. [ Mackenzie's advice column | Ask Mackenzie A Question ]
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