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Tips to Care for Fresh Cut Roses

Friday, May 4th, 2012

They are a good cut flower because the stems are straight, strong and sturdy. The flowers last in water for up to a week and the blossoms stay open. While they need no special treatment, unlike say poppies which need their stems seared with heat, they will last longer and stay fresher with a little extra effort.

Cutting
Cut the roses with a sharp knife or pair of pruners right above a pair of five leaved stems. This will encourage the bush to send out another flowering cane. Cut first thing in the morning when the flowers are fresh and full of moisture. Choose buds which are partially open or roses that are completely open. Buds that are tight but showing color may or may not open fully when cut. Place immediately in a bucket of water you carry with you while you’re cutting the roses.

Preparation
Preparing the roses makes them last longer. Remove leaves that will be below the water line when in a vase. Remove diseased or torn leaves as well. If a petal is creased or damaged take it off the rose. Tight buds won’t open and take energy and water away from the rose flower itself so take those off as well.

Conditioning
Even if you’ve just cut the roses from your garden they’ll still benefit from conditioning. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This broadens the stems surface so it can draw in more water. If possible do this under running water or in a sink of water so no air enters the stem. Use sharp scissors, a knife or pruners. The cut should not crush the stem. Place the rose after it’s been cut in a bucket of ice water for an hour. The ice water should come up to the level of the first leaves left on the stem. Keep the roses in the ice water until you’re ready to arrange them. Make sharp cuts if you need to shorten the rose stem for an arrangement.

Maintenance
Remove the roses from the vase every day. Rinse the stems off. Fill the vase with fresh ice water and replace the roses. If the roses are in floral foam, fill the sink with water and submerge the container of floral foam in the sink for 15 minutes to re soak the foam. If a rose is wilting, cut the stem and put into very hot water. This sometimes shocks the rose back to life. Every other day recut the stems of the roses by 1/2 inch to expose fresh stem cells to the water. In an arrangement this isn’t possible, because you would have to take the rose out of the floral foam, cut the stem and reinsert it. When you lifted the stem out that created an air pocket.

Fruit Gift Baskets

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Best gift for friend’s birthday is fresh cut flower basket! Fresh cut fruit gift baskets are something new and they are a wonderful alternative to sending flowers. While flowers are beautiful to look at, sending a fresh cut fruit basket is an edible delight. The fact that they can be delivered nationwide is also a huge selling point.

Here are some reasons why you should consider sending fresh cut fruit gift baskets for a holiday gift:

Convenience: you can order fresh cut fruit gift baskets online or over the phone in a matter of minutes. They are delivered right to the door of the recipient. There is no standing in line, shopping, driving, etc. All you do is place the order and then the gift is on its way. You can also place the order ahead of time and schedule a delivery date for a later time. (This is a great option if you have a habit of forgetting special occasions.)

Cost: these gift baskets are not too expensive. When you factor in the fact that you don’t have to drive around to get it and that you don’t have to stand in line or fight crowds, it makes an even more economical choice. In these economic times, it just makes sense to go with a gift that helps your budget. You can also order gift baskets of different sizes and they have gift baskets that will fit any budget.

Health: fresh fruit is a much healthier alternative to the traditional gift of candy or other sweets. Sending a fresh cut fruit gift basket can be a wonderful way to encourage someone who has made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, or otherwise change their eating habits. It also makes a great gift for any holiday, because it provides a healthy (but delicious) treat.

Novelty: since these gift baskets are something relatively new, receiving one as a gift can be a pleasant surprise because it is such a unique gift. You can rest assured that the recipient will be on the phone thanking you and also calling friends and family and raving about how wonderful this gift is.

Sending one of these gift baskets to a child or teenager is also a great idea. Some children don’t enjoy eating fruit, but having the fruit delivered in such a unique and attractive fashion could be the incentive they need to start enjoying this healthy snack. Mom and dad would appreciate it, too.

Sending fresh cut fruit gift baskets to an expectant mother or a new mother is also a fantastic idea. Pregnant women and new mothers need to watch what they eat and having fresh fruit delivered in this way will not only make them feel great because they know someone is thinking about them, it will also be a welcome treat.

Because they are so convenient, economical, unique, and healthy; fruit gift baskets are the perfect choice for anyone celebrating any type of special day.