Dry wrapping will allow you to “save” your roses for several weeks instead of having them die in a few days.

The following is a simplified way of doing it.

Step l: Cut the roses for drywrapping when they are just starting to open.

Bring them inside, recut the stems under water, and condition them by placing them in water that has had Chrystal RV or Floralife added (ideally, up to their top set of leaves).

Place them in a cool, dark place for about two hours. They will then be fully hydrated.

Step 2: Melt some paraffin wax and have it handy in a small bowl.

Remove a rose from the bucket, dry the end, and dip it into the paraffin wax.

Let it drip for a second, then place the rose in a plastic bag (such as newspapers come in). Remove as much air as possible (I use a straw) from the bag and close with a twisty tie. This keeps the moisture down in the bloom that helps retain substance. Hanging them upside down is not absolutely necessary as you can just put the bagged roses into containers.

You are now ready to put them into the refrigerator until you are ready to recondition them for use.

Step 3: Weeks later, when you are ready for them:

Simply cut the waxed stems under water and place them into a conditioning solution for several hours in a cool, dark place.

Rose Arrangements: Traditional vs. Modern

Characteristics of Traditional Designs:

  1. Overall structure is based on the 3 basic shapes: the cube, pyramid and sphere.
  2. Lines converge in a strong center of interest and a focal point.
  3. Forms progress logically in size or shape, and there is a graduation in color.
  4. The design must be in one container and have one point of emergence from this container.

Characteristics of Modern Designs:

  1. Not restricted by conventional rules or geometric forms.
  2. Emphasis is on space — within and surrounding design.
  3. May have more than one area of interest and point of emergence.
  4. May have strong bold colors and form.
  5. Containers unusual — often designer made.