For many rose gardeners, the ultimate goal is to fill the garden with beautiful blooming bushes and the home with cut roses. Keep cut-rose bouquets looking fresh longer by storing cut roses at low temperatures, including in the fridge.
Cooler temperatures help cut roses absorb nutrients from the water in the vases, and keep the roses looking fresh and new. Store roses in the refrigerator at temperatures between 32 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keeping rose bouquets looking fresh begins with preparation: Fill a bucket with lukewarm water, recommends the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society. Cut rose stems under the water to eliminate air bubbles. Allow roses to soak up the water overnight, then store in the refrigerator for about two hours. This helps prepare roses for display, preventing wilting and keeping blooms open.
After arranging roses for display, keep an area in the refrigerator free. Place the rose bouquets in the refrigerator before going to bed at night, and take them out in the morning. This will keep roses looking fresh longer than bouquets left at room temperature around the clock.