ABOUT OUR FRESH CUT GARDEN ROSES

Garden roses are capricious and tend to vary in color. Even roses cut from the same bush on the same day have been known to have different shades and tones. Do not expect them all to be exactly the same. This is their character and part of what makes them special.

 
CARE & HANDLING

It's very important to process garden roses correctly. Always follow the care and handling instructions on this page. Get tips on trimming stems, leaves, thorns, guard petals and more on our blog post, "Processing Garden Roses: Sometimes Less Is More."

 

GARDEN ROSES NEED TIME AND CARE TO OPEN FULLY

 

Garden roses must be harvested at a certain point of cut to minimize damage during shipping. Given the proper water, food and care, our garden roses will bloom and perform incredibly, growing four or five times their original size!

Most of our garden roses will be at their best four days after being placed in water. The impact is tremendous when you give the flowers time to open before using them.

 

To accelerate their development, place them in warmer temperatures.

To slow the development down, place them in cooler temperatures.

ALWAYS REMOVE THE CARDBOARD SLEEVE BEFORE

PUTTING GARDEN ROSES IN WATER

Why is it important to remove the cardboard sleeve when you put your garden roses in water? As garden roses hydrate, the bloom head gets larger. Leaving them confined within the cardboard sleeve can damage the petals as the bloom head hydrates and grows.

for Florists and Designers

STEP 1

Process the flowers as soon as they arrive by cutting the stems 1” and removing any foliage that may remain below the water line.

STEP 3

After two or three hours of cold hydration, remove the corrugated cardboard sleeve, but leave the outer plastic sleeve for protection.

STEP 2

Immediately after stems are cut, place in flower food and place in cooler.

STEP 4

Allow the flowers to hydrate for another 4 or 5 hours before using. If using for event work, take them out of the cooler and set them at room temperature until they reach desired  bloom openness. At that point, return flowers to cooler until ready for use.

for Wholesalers

STEP 1

Process the flowers as soon as they arrive by cutting the stems 1” and removing any foliage that may remain below the water line.

STEP 3

After two or three hours of cold hydration, remove the corrugated cardboard sleeve, but leave the outer plastic sleeve for protection.

STEP 2

Immediately after stems are cut, place in hydration solution and place in cooler.

STEP 4

Allow the flowers to hydrate for another 4 or 5 hours before selling.

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