Below are three effective ways you can keep your roses looking fresh and beautiful for some days longer:
- Add some quantity of aspirin to the water contained in your flower vase. Grind a tablet of aspirin, add to the water contained in the vase and mix it until the whole aspirin dissolves. This will help the roses maintain their fresh looks for a longer period of time.
- Add some quantity of flat soda. Add about 1/4 cup of flat soda into the water in your flower vase. Make use of clear soda if you do not want cola colored water. This can be so much fun. You can equally add few drops of food coloring into the water.
- Add some vinegar. Form a mixture of 2 Tbsp vinegar and 2 Tbsp sugar. Add it to the water contained in the flower vase. Change the water after every few days and still add the vinegar.
Note: You can only choose ONE method and NEVER use two or more of them!
If you want the rose to stay longer, drying it might be the only option. Here are the instructions:
- Do this by getting rid of the leaves and the heavy foliage from the stem beneath the flower. Most of the flower stem like those on the strawflowers, centurea or zinnias are known to become weak when they dry. Replace them before drying with wires.
- You can promote a curved stem using wires. Insert florist widoll with roses into the head of the flower, then twist it round the stem a number of times. You can then bend the stem with a wire to take the shape you want the flower to take when it becomes dry; for added strength, don't remove the wire.
- Get some stems together and keep them fastened around the stem end using a rubber band, clothe pegs or twine. Leave some bunches hanging straight down; fan out the stems gently to create a variety of both curved and straight stems. Keep the flower bunches suspended from lattice, hooks, or nails in a very dark, warm corner like your attic basement. Keep it away from direct sunlight, which is capable of fading the flowers, and choose one spot that promotes adequate circulation of air.
- Keep larger heads of flower suspended, like peonies, as individual specimen for maximum drying.
- Check the flowers regularly; some flowers dry within three days while others might require about three weeks. Touch the flowers to see if they are dry and stiff. If they rustle when you try to move them, then you can move them to dry, cool locations
You can also watch the video below to see the directions: