You received the most wonderful bouquet red roses for Valentine’s Day. The roses were perfect when you received them yesterday. But, this morning you notice that the blossom heads are starting to droop. Don’t panic. A few simple steps will correct this problem.
Step 1. Act immediately. A drooping head is a sign that the rose is not getting enough water. If you correct this early, the rose will recover fully. If you wait too long, it may not recover.
Step 2. Make sure that your roses have not been placed in direct sunlight, near a heat source or in a draft. These conditions will cause the rose to lose water through transpiration faster than it can be replaced through the stem.
Step 3. Generally, a drooping head is caused by stem blockage. Stem blockage can be caused by an air bubble in the stem, bacteria or fungus in the vase water, or dissolved mineral solids in the vase water. The treatment for all types of stem blockage is the same.
Step 4. Place your hands around the entire rose arrangement just above the top of the vase and lift the arrangement straight up and out of the vase. Holding the arrangement together, rinse the stems under running water then lay the arrangement on it’s side, (it will hold together)
Step 5. Throw out the old vase water. Wash the vase with soap and water. Rinse very well with water then give a final rinse with a water and Clorox bleach solution.
Step 6. Fill the vase with fresh warm water. If you live in an area with a high mineral content in your water, use distilled or deionized water. Never use "softened" water.
Step 7. Mix and completely dissolve a commercial floral food in the vase water. Use the recommended amount. Never use more. If you don’t have any floral food on hand, just use water and add floral food at a later time.
Step 8. Grasping the arrangement with both hands, squeeze the stems together slightly and place the arrangement back into the vase.
Step 9. Fill your kitchen sink with warm water. Remove each rose from the vase one at a time. Holding the rose stem under water, cut one to two inches off of the bottom of the stem at an angle using a sharp knife.
To learn more about the care and designing of fresh cut roses, enjoy this on-line rose video.