- I’ve removed the cardboard collar and the rose heads are very squashed and flat.
First of all, don’t worry. Our roses are incredibly resilient and in most instances, the blooms will rehydrate perfectly. Treat the stems as normal with a good period of re-hydration in a cold area, followed by spacing in tall sided buckets with flower food and water.
- What do I do if my roses have botrytis?
Generally, botrytis (brown marks) occur on the outer, guard petals which can be removed easily to prevent further infection. Grasp the lower part of the petal and pluck. Occasionally, you may see botrytis within the centre petals of a stem, in this case, carefully pluck to remove the inner petals.
If you experience a high degree of botrytis please contact your supplier to highlight that a batch of roses has slipped through the quality checks. This sometimes occurs because the botrytis isn’t apparent at the farm but manifests itself during transportation and may be due to adverse transit conditions.
- How long will the roses last after they have fully opened?
The vase life depends on the rose variety and how they are treated, but all varieties should provide at least 5 days following their fully open bloom stage. Some varieties will last much longer, such as Tess and Darcey.
To prolong vase life, we recommend replacing with fresh water and flower food every couple of days; keep in cool, ambient temperatures and away from direct heat or cold.