A beautiful array of cut roses in an arrangement or a vase is one of the pleasures of Summer. There is no reason why you can't have a great supply of cut roses from your own garden. Save ponds on florists prices and have all the pleasure.
Here are some key tips for success:
About the Plants:
Cutting long stems from plants will not harm the. If you do cut them hard they will need extra food and water to replace the growth that you have taken away. That seems like a fair exchange!
Look at the Harkness Selection of varieties, using this link, to see the roses that we think will be most successful at providing cut flowers from your own garden. Some are big flowers, some smaller, some flower in clusters, some with one flower on the stem. You can select the ones you like. There is lots of perfume in here too, having the rose aroma wafting around the house is unique joy.
Apart from this, care for the plants in exactly the same way you would any other rose.
About Cutting the Flowers:
If you treat the flowers properly when you cut them you will get better results, longer lasting flowers in your home.
When to cut the flowers: there are two aspects, time of day and the stage of the bud.
It is best to cut in the evening or early morning. It really will help the flowers if they are cut when the temperatures are lower and the sun hidden.
After cutting get them into deep water (that will come half way up the stems) as quickly as you can, and place the bucket of flowers in a cool place out of direct sunlight for up to 12 hours. This period helps to get the stems taking water up, and the more water the stem takes up the better the flowers will be.
Different varieties are best cut at different stages. There are some roses (Alexander for example) which you can cut as a really tight bud, the outer green sepals will all be open and the outer petals just curling away from the bud, and this variety will open really well from that stage. Other varieties you need to wait until the you can see the shape of the flower, but before the outer petals