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garden varieties need time to open up

Garden roses should be harvested at a specific cutting point to minimize damage during transportation. With the proper supply of water, nutrients, and appropriate care, these roses will bloom spectacularly.

1. Use clean containers or vases filled with a minimum of 5 inches of fresh and cool water.

2. Add floral food to the water to prevent the formation of bacteria and provide extra nutrients to the roses.

3. Remove any leaves that dip below the water level. Leaving leaves submerged can lead to bacterial growth and a shortened lifespan for the roses.

4. Employ sharp scissors or a knife to cut the stems at an angle, approximately one inch from the bottom.

5. Immediately place the freshly cut stems into the prepared water.

6. Allow the flowers to hydrate for at least 6 hours. Garden roses might require up to 12 hours for proper hydration.

7. To maintain the freshness of the garden roses, change the water every 24 to 48 hours or when it becomes cloudy. Always clean the container or vase with detergent or chlorine.

8. Upon arrival, expect the flowers to consume a substantial amount of water.

9. Vibrant colors are more prone to discoloration of their outer petals. We ship our garden roses with protective guard petals to safeguard the blooms during transit. When removing the protective packaging, be sure to eliminate any brown or discolored guard petals.

10. Keep the flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts, or excessive heat. Keep in mind that exposing garden roses to warmer environments, such as placing them outside or in a warm room, will encourage the flowers to bloom while keeping them in a cooler setting will slow down the opening process.

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