Selecting Roses . . .
Roses are very plentiful, and in various stages.
Roses are available in many venues. They are also in different stages in the life of a bloom. Becoming aware of the different stages of a rose bloom can add longevity to an arrangement.
Roses can be cut in the early bloom stage. This occurs when the bud is tight and the center is very firm. When this occurs, occasionally the bud will not open. In a slightly later stage, the outer petals of the bloom begin to open with the center of the bloom is still firm.
As the rose begins to mature, the petals will open fuller. How fast the bloom opens depends on the conditions of it’s surroundings. Rose arrangements placed in direct sunlight, heat vents, or on heated surfaces will open faster. Arrangements do best in cooler environments, away from direct sunlight.
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