The Classic Bud: How to Arrange Roses

Rose-BouquetProfessional arrangements of roses are beautiful. Because of their eye catching beauty, most arrangements featuring roses seem to effortlessly highlight their natural splendor. If you’ve ever tried to replicate a professional’s work at home, you know there is more skill involved in the process of arranging roses than it appears.

Roses are great in arrangements alone, with subtle accent flowers, or in a mixture of varied textures and colors. They are chosen in arrangements for more than their inherent beauty and unique form, however. Roses also feature a sturdy stem, which means they can be successfully placed at any height in an arrangement without upsetting the integrity or balance of the overall effect.

Whether you’re creating a one-of-a-kind bouquet for a significant other or just want to make use of your garden variety of roses during the season, here are some tips to keep in mind when you begin planning your arrangement.

Cutting Roses

Long-Stem-RoseIf you get your roses from a flower shop, you will not need to worry about this step. However, taking care when cutting rose blooms off of a bush at home keeps your plant healthy and happy. Cut roses off the bush right after the buds have started to unfurl. The bloom will continue to develop after the stem has been cut and will be at the perfect stage for placement in an arrangement. Some varieties that do not have the stereotypical bud shape may do better when cut at a later stage. Do a simple Google search if you are unsure when to snip the blooms off of your rose bush variety.

Cut the blooms in the morning to ensure the bud has the maximum nutrients when it is disengaged from the plant. You’ll want to cut the stem at a 45 degree angle and leave enough room to change the size of the stem once you’ve placed the rose in a vase. Wear gloves or be very careful when harvesting your roses; the majority have thorns sharp enough to break skin and even embed.

Remove the thorns if your arrangement will be placed in an area where small children may accidentally be pricked. Simply use a sharp blade to remove the thorn against the stem. You will likely need to trim your roses further before placing them in an arrangement. To ensure your roses stay alive and vibrant for as long as possible, make any necessary cuts in a bucket of tepid water. Cutting the stems in water prevents air pockets from entering the stems and causing early withering.

Chill your roses in a refrigerator if you’re not planning on adding them to an arrangement immediately after picking.


Creating Your Arrangement

Bouquet-of-RosesDepending on the number of roses you want to arrange and any other flowers you wish to include in the display, you’ll want to set your flowers, greenery, floral tape, and vase out with some shears. Make sure you have enough room to work with and some extra flowers handy.

Floral tape is an amazing tool for creating perfect arrangements. Simply make a subtle grid over the top of your vase or container. Leave enough space to fit a few stems or greenery in each hole. Smaller arrangements may not require the taping, but the tip can prevent large arrangements from moving around in transit or smaller flowers from becoming lost in the design.

Visualize the arrangement first. There are several different ways you can set up your design. If you are highlighting only a few roses, consider adding a background and bed
of greenery and baby’s breath first, then nestling the roses in the center of the arrangement. Some arrangements will feature a full background that highlights the
rose, while others will place the rose above a small
bed of greenery and other flowers.

Roses-with-BabysBreathComplex arrangements may require playing around with the setup. Large greenery pieces and other background pieces should be placed first. Try holding your roses up to the vase after placing the greenery inside. You will be able to get a rough idea of where your center roses and peripheral roses should be placed. Place the first rose in the center of the vase. It should be the tallest and most beautiful specimen you have.

The subsequent roses can be snipped to the same lengths in sets of four or five, gradually decreasing the lengths so some sets stand out more than others. Always hold up the roses to the arrangement before making a cut. Submerge the stems in water while cutting. Any holes in the arrangement can be filled in with smaller flowers. If your vase is clear, it is also helpful to look at how the stems fall in the water, too.

After you have placed your roses in the florist tape, make sure you change out the water on a daily basis and use the recommended rose food to keep your flowers alive for as long as possible.



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