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Rose Care & Handling

Follow these simple steps to get the maximum vase life
and enjoyment from your fresh cut roses!

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TLC Starts with H2O

Getting your roses into water quickly is the first step in caring for them. Fill a vase ¾ full with fresh, cool tap water. The roses will absorb the water, soaking up the nutrients that will travel up to the bloom and create a lively flower. Check the water level every day and add more water as needed.

Flowers Love Food

Flower food contains three essential ingredients that help extend the life of your roses: a food source for continued flower development, an acidifier to control the pH of the water and a biocide to kill harmful bacteria.

Keep the Bad Stuff Out

Before placing the roses into the water, remove any extra foliage that would fall below the water line. Foliage in the water causes bacteria to grow, shortening the life of the roses.

Snip Your Stems the Right Way

Cutting your roses is crucial to maintaining their health. Cut each stem carefully at an angle, about an inch from the bottom, while holding the bottom of the stem underwater. Once it's cut, place the roses in the vase immediately.

6 Common Types of Roses

There are many rose varieties grown around the world. Here are just a few of our favorites!

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Long-Stem Roses

Long-Stem Roses
Known for their "wow" factor, these roses truly are the cream of the crop, and are gathered with the upmost quality and care. Only the most elegant blooms are chosen for our long-stem rose arrangements.

Tea Roses

Tea Roses
The most common type of rose, tea roses are similar to long-stem roses, only with a shorter stem. Tea roses come in a variety of colors and make lovely bouquets for any occasion.

Sweetheart Roses

Sweetheart Roses
Sometimes called "miniature roses," sweetheart roses are smaller than other rose types. But what they lack in size, they more than make up for in charm. Available in a wide assortment of colors, tea roses are perfect for creating memorable vase arrangements.

Spray Roses

Spray Roses
Spray roses are unique because they feature multiple blooms that branch off from the main stem. Sprays come in a vast array of colors. They are beautiful on their own yet versatile enough to complement other flowers in an arrangement.

Garden Roses

Garden Roses
These fragrant flowers have large, wavy petals in a combination of colors, and feature large heads. Garden roses are also known as "antique roses", "cabbage roses" and "vintage roses", and sometimes resemble peonies.

Bi-Color Roses

Bi-Color Roses
A large, multi-colored open bloom is the signature of bi-color roses. Their picturesque petals, with a rare natural blend of two colors, branch out from the stem. Bi-color roses are equally as lovely in floral arrangements and garden plants.

When you want to pay tribute to a person's life, sending sympathy flowers and gifts directly to those who are grieving is a moving gesture. A sympathy flower or gift delivery provides comfort to grieving loved ones, as well as allowing you a way to celebrate the lifetime of memories shared. Flowers, plants and other sympathy gifts provide a beautiful and intimate way to express your feelings. Also, the wide variety of options at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM allows you to find a tribute that is as unique as that person was during their lifetime. When choosing from our sympathy flowers and gifts, it is important to consider where they will be displayed – either at the funeral or in the home or office.

Floral Arrangements and Plants

We have a wide variety of floral arrangements available from white lilies, calla lilies and mixed bouquets to wreaths and more. Wreaths are particularly popular as the circle is a symbol of the continuance of life. For a more lasting tribute, you may want to consider a plant such as a gardenia. Both table and floor plants can be displayed at the funeral and then taken home by the family members so they can continue to enjoy the beauty of your gift.

Sympathy Gifts

When browsing through sympathy gifts to send to the home of the deceased, or to be displayed and shared in an office, popular choices are floral arrangements, plants and food gift baskets. Sympathy gift baskets are filled with comfort foods to help grieving friends and family at this difficult time. They are also an excellent choice for sharing at a memorial service. Sympathy floral arrangements from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM allow you to choose a beautiful way to express your feelings to the family. Plants allow the tribute to continue long after the funeral has been held and provide some beauty in the home of the recipient.

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