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How to Get a Rose to Open Up All the Way

Creating that perfect bouquet of roses means every rose should be completely opened, which creates a lush and dramatic effect when given as a gift. If your rose bouquet has late bloomers, forcibly opening the rose is an option to speed up the flower's blooming process. While the flowers bloom quickly when forced, their lifespan is also dramatically shortened, according to "Roses For Dummies."

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Scissors
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      Fill your sink halfway to the top with lukewarm water, and place the stems of the roses into the sink.

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      Cut the stems by 2 or more inches in the water at an angle to expose the plant tissue. Fill a vase with lukewarm water and place the roses into the vase.

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      Leave the roses in a warm room at a temperature of at least 74 degrees F. The bud's blooming time varies depending on the variety of the rose; for example, hybrid teas and grandifloras tend to bloom faster and fuller than roses of the polyanthas variety.