Nothing says love like a stunning bouquet of long-stemmed roses. But with 150 different species, there's a different type of rose for every occasion. Some of the most popular blooms include spray roses, often referred to as "sweetheart roses" because of their smaller size; cabbage roses, known for their fluffy texture; and the ever-popular tea roses. Long-stemmed red roses are the celebratory gift for 15th wedding anniversaries, while the yellow roses are used for 50th anniversaries. Roses are the official flower of the United States and the birth flower for the month of June.
When caring for your bouquet of fresh roses, start by removing any discolored petals on the flower's outer edge (called guard petals). Next, remove foliage so it doesn't go beneath the water level. Make a fresh diagonal cut into each stem to open them and allow water to move quickly to the flower head. Add fresh water daily and, if you see any residue on the vase, take out the flowers and rinse the vase clean. Trim the ends every other day and remove any leaves that fall into the water.
Roses are susceptible to bacterial growth, so be sure to use the flower food that accompanied your arrangement because it includes a bacteria blocker to help increase your flowers' lifespan. If you run out of food, use an equal mixture of sugar and white vinegar - about a teaspoon each - and let it dissolve in the vase. If you notice a rose beginning to wilt, you may be able to revive it. Trim off about an inch from the bottom of the stem and then submerge the entire rose under water in a sink or bathtub. Allow the stem to absorb water for about 20 to 60 minutes before returning it to the vase. Roses last longer in a cool area, but if you want their blooms to open quickly, temporarily place them in a warmer spot, not exceeding 80 degrees.