Immediately upon arrival, remove foliage which would be below the water line in your arrangement. Avoid injuring stem bark.
Re-cut stems under water with sharp knife. Place roses in clean deep container filled with warm water (100°F/38°C) and floral preservative. Condition roses for 2 to 4 hours in a cool location.
To arrange, use a clean vase with ample water capacity (roses are thirsty flowers!) Keep vase full by adding water with floral preservative daily. If arranging foam is used, insert stems firmly. Keep foam saturated daily.
If a rose wilts, submerge entire flower and stem in tub or tray of warm water (100°F/38°C) and straighten. Cut 1" from end of stem under water. Allow rose about 20 minutes under water to revive. Another option: float the bloom in a bowl.
Display roses in a cool location, out of direct sun; avoid excessive heat or cold.
Key tips for success: re-cut stem ends under water. Keep vase full of water; use floral preservative. Display in a cool area.
PARABLE OF THE ROSE
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully. Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud, that would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant, burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died. So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose. The 'God-like' qualities planted in us at birth, growing amidst the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential. Some don't see the rose within themselves. It takes someone else to show it to them. One of the greatest gifts, a person can possess, is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the truest, most innocent, and gracious characteristic of love.... to know another person, including their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and yet still help another to realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Only then, will they blossom, and most likely, blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred- fold, as it's given to them. Our duty in this world, is to help others, by showing them 'their roses' and not "their thorns." It is then, that we achieve the love, we should feel for each other; only then, can we bloom in our 'own garden.' ~Author Unknown~ >