Garden roses are capricious - roses cut from the same bush can be wildly different in their looks. Expect a diversity amongst your garden roses!
Scented roses are sadly not bred to last. Like candles, these roses stay alive just long enough to attract us and their natural pollinators with their aroma. Expect less than a week for most varieties!
The flowers are tired and thirsty after their trip. Don’t worry, a swig of water and flower food will perk them up after half a day!
Outside of the rose is bruised, creased and tough-looking? These petals are guard petals, they act as tinyprotective coats that help to protect the roses during shipping and can be removed if damaged. There can be up to 10 guard petals per rose.
1. Unpack your darlings! Remove them as soon as possible from their cellophane sleeve.
2. Remove shoes, then coats! The feet of rose stems become hard and dry when they finally reach you. Remove the ends of their stems by cutting at least 3cm off the ends at an angle. Tidy up the looks of your roses! Remove any leaves that may remain below the waterline of your vase. If needed, also pinch off guard petals from the base of the rose. Hygiene is important so always have your vase and cutting tools squeaky clean before processing the flowers.
3. Pour them a drink! Let the roses hydrate by placing them in a clean vase filled with fresh cool water and flower food. We recommend filling your vase approximately 1/4 full. Roses bought from Kampong Flowers come delivered with flower food sachets!
Tip:use tall, spacious vases to provide support to the stems and give the roses space to open evenly.
Keep the flowers in a cool area under partial shade.
Don’t place them near direct heat, sunlight, fruits or the draft from air-cons! These will cause the roses to over bloom or dehydrate.
Check the vases regularly! Replace water and flower food every 1-2 days or if water runs low. If the water has turned murky or slimy, swap to a clean vase. Re-trim your stems by 1cm every few days to help them to keep drinking water! Protect your flowers from fungal attacks! Don't panic - simply peel away the infected areas on the petals every 1-2 days. They are usually brown in colour and spread if not removed.