Roses

Red Rose

The fertile plateaus high in the mountains of Ecuador and Colombia produce ProFlowers’ gorgeous roses. The constant mild temperature slows the plant’s growth, producing large blossoms and elegantly long stemmed roses. ProFlowers’ research on varieties allows us to consistently produce beautiful, radiant roses that last.

When you receive your box of ProFlowers roses, you will find they are accompanied by 2 packets of floral food and instructions on caring for the flowers. Your roses are thirsty and need to drink water for 8-12 hours to perk up. Follow the instructions below and the ones provided in the box and your roses will bloom over the next few days.

1) Carefully un-wrap the protective plastic liner over the top of your bouquet.

2) Pull the bag that covers the floral foam, and the floral foam itself, off the bottom of your bouquet in one swift tug. This will help the bag catch any excess floral foam that may cause a mess. The floral foam helps to keep your flowers fresh in transit from our fields to your home.

3) Rinse any excess foam off the bottom of your stems.

4) Remove the outside guard petals. These rugged outer petals were left on to protect your roses during shipment.

5) Cut at an angle and under running water, 1 inch off the stems. When the stems are cut, it opens up the flower’s pores and allows them to drink water. The angle makes it easier to absorb the water.

6) Strip excess foliage off of stems that will fall below the water level. This excess foliage can muddy up water, or it can suck up too much water, leaving none for the actual blossoms.

7) Fill vase with room temperature water and mix it with 1 packet of flower food.

8) Re-cut stems, change water and add second packet of flower food on day 3 or when the water is turning yellow and cloudy. If the water is starting to change colors, this means that bacteria is growing in it, which will cause the flowers to wilt faster.

9) For the longest life, keep your roses away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts. The flowers will last longer if they live in a room that has a cool temperature.

Baby’s Breath

Often used only as filler for rose bouquets and some mixed bouquets, baby’s breath is an easy flower to care for, both planted and cut. If you received baby’s breath with your bouquet of roses, follow the same care instructions provided for the roses. Because your baby’s breath may last longer than the cut flowers it is paired with, dry out these tiny white flowers for projects like dried arrangements and wreaths.

We asked you on Facebook for your personal care tips on longer lasting rose bouquets. Here are some of the best tips submitted to us!

• Keep them near light and turn the vase daily, so all flowers rotate in the sun.

• Avoid touching the flowers themselves too much. The oils in our skin breakdown the flowers and speed up the decomposition process.

• Keep flowers away from fruits & vegetables since they give off gasses that kill flowers very quickly.

• If you don’t have flower food, put aspirin in the water.

• Use bottled water.

• Use non diet lemon lime soda in the water.

• Add honey or 7-up to the water.

ProFlowers cannot guarantee that any of these pointers will work. However, if you try some of these tips and tricks in your next rose bouquet, let us know if they were a success. Thank you again for submitting your ideas on Facebook!