Your Roses Will Look Better Than Ever With Martha Stewart’s Clever Trick

Your Roses Will Look Better Than Ever With Martha Stewart's Clever Trick

Martha Stewart, a flower expert, loves growing different types of blooms around her property, and the roses are among her favorites due to their delicate scent, velvety texture, and stunning array of colors. Some roses can bloom throughout the year, making them an ideal gift or perfect for home decor. Florists usually sell roses with the buds closed to ensure they last longer. However, if you want to speed up the process of opening the buds into beautiful blossoms, Martha Stewart has a clever solution that involves submerging the stems in hot water.

This hack works perfectly if you want to display the blooms in your own vase or when you want to offer someone else a fully-opened bouquet that will create a dramatic and memorable effect. You just need to have some new wrapping paper or ribbon to re-wrap them. Whether you’re using blooms from your garden or buying some at the grocery store, here’s what Stewart recommends to make those buds open faster.

How to use Martha Stewart’s rose trick correctly


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To follow this hack, Martha Stewart advises that you fill your vase almost to the top with hot water from the faucet and pop the roses in to help them open. However, before you do this, remove any leaves that would be submerged under the water, as this would dirty the vase and may cause the cut stems to rot faster. If you use flower food, removing excess leaves may also make your blooms look healthier, as it will divert all the nutrients to the flowers. You can also cut each rose at a 45-degree angle to make sure no air bubbles form inside the stem. Then, simply leave the roses in the hot water, and you’ll eventually see them open up.

On The Martha Blog, Stewart also recommends changing the hot water every couple days to revive the flowers in the vase. Keeping them out of sunlight and out of heat will also help the blooms stay open and fresh. However, while Stewart makes a distinction between lukewarm and hot water and says that hot water will work better, we’ll issue one caution here. Some people have home faucets that get scalding hot very quickly. If that’s the case, temper it with the cold faucet. Water that is too hot or boiling could shock the flowers and may even cause the petals to fall.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.