Caring for Grand Prix Roses
Once in possession of your Grand Prix Roses you will want them to look at
their absolute best. So before arranging the Grand Prix Roses, they need to be conditioned correctly. Please
follow the step by step care guide below:
- Take the Grand Prix Roses out of their cellophane wrapper.
- With a sharp knife, cut approximately 1½ inches from the bottom of the stems at a 45° angle.
- Strip all the foliage from the stems.
- Remove the thorns carefully, making sure that the bark is not gauged of scraped.
- Fill a flower bucket full of boiling water and sterilising fluid.
- Once sterilised, tip out the hot water and re-fill with tepid water and flower food.
- Plunge the Grand Prix Roses into the tepid water up to just below the flower heads.
- Leave the Grand Prix Roses over night to hydrate and feed correctly.
- Your roses will be conditioned correctly in the morning.
- Before arranging, gently remove the outer 'guard' petals with your fingers - this will give the Grand Prix
Roses a lovely fresh look.
It is possible that the odd stem of Grand Prix Rose has a slightly
droopy head. This is because an air lock has occurred in the stem and water has not reach the flower
head. Re-cut the stem and plunge into boiling water, up to their necks, for an hour. Make sure the flower head
is protected from steam by wrapping in paper first though. This should fix the problem. Now, re-cut the
stem again and use to arrange as before.