How to Keep White Roses From Turning Brown

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Things You'll Need

  • Floral preservative

  • Sharp knife

  • Florist box

White roses show every blemish.

The classic flower for the wedding bouquet is the white rose. Eventually the white roses in your bouquet, corsage or floral arrangement will begin to turn brown, a natural occurrence as the blossom starts to fade. While this happens to all roses, the browning is more evident in white roses, as there is no color to conceal the evidence of the transformation. Taking special care when handling your roses can delay the process, allowing you to enjoy the flowers longer.

Step 1

Don't touch the blossom petals, to avoid bruising and browning the flower.

Step 2

Keep the roses in a cool location, away from heat sources, and avoid sudden changes of temperature or drafts of cold or hot air.

Step 3

Cut 1/2 inch from the stem, if it is a stemmed white rose, before placing it in a vase of water. Remove any leaves that will be covered with water when placed in the vase. Add the floral preservative that comes with the flower to the water, following the directions on the package.

Step 4

Keep the corsage or bouquet in the florist box until you are ready to wear it. This includes when you are traveling to your destination site.

Step 5

Wear the corsage blossom up, stem down.

Step 6

Store the florist box of white roses in the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

Step 7

Add water to the foam of the corsage daily.


Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.