As a young woman, gift roses came to me in ones and twos. It might have been a pair in a bud vase for a get well soon, or a single “I’m sorry” rose on my pillow. It was many years later that I would receive a whole dozen stems all at once. What precious bounty! Our Whole Trade® roses for Valentine’s Day are an over-the-top and knock-your-socks-off dozen and, in some stores, double dozen!
Blooms with Benefits
Buying Whole Trade roses for Valentine’s Day is the right thing to do. Not just to woo your sweetheart but because it assures that the farm workers are paid better wages and have better working conditions. They and their families benefit from funds that support community projects, like home ownership programs, new schools and other educational opportunities for the entire community. Our Whole Trade partner farmers respect the land and their people and your purchase provides jobs and opportunity for many families. See how Whole Trade roses impacts a flower-growing community in this short video.
Lengthen the Life Your Roses
Your precious buds can keep you company for many days if you help them evolve through their many lives. Here’s how:
Life Number One: Long-stem roses
- Use an absolutely clean, tall vase.
- Add floral preservative to room-temperature water.
- Cut the stems at least half an inch or more to fit the vase and put them immediately into the water.
- Keep the arrangement away from heat, sun and drafts.
- Change the water and trim the stems every other day.
Life Number Two: Short and sweet
- After several days, some of the roses might start to get tired. Cut the roses down to centerpiece height, about 6 to 8 inches.
- The water now has a shorter distance to travel to the head so it’s easier for them to stay hydrated.
- Arrange them close together in a short vase so the heads support each other.
- Use fresh water with more floral preservative.
Life Number Three: Tiny cups
- Put a single rose or a few stems in a votive candle cup or shot glass and enjoy the little vases on your night stand, in a powder room, or on your kitchen sill.
- Rest the head on the top edge of the vessel for support.
- Remember to add fresh preservative water.
Life Number Four: Pretty petals
- Pull the petals off the calyx.
- Sprinkle in the tub, or…
- Make a path with a trail of petals.
Life Number Five: Delightfully dried and potpourri
- To dry roses hang them upside down in a cool, dry, dark place for several days. Drying works best with pinks and yellows, red roses turn very dark.
- For potpourri, spread the petals on a grill rack or sweater drier and let them air dry. Here’s a simple recipe for homemade potpourri. Then enjoy the color and fragrance in a bowl or basket!
Do you have any other ways to extend and enjoy the life of your roses? Tell me about it in the comments below. Happy Valentine’s Day!