How to Keep Rose Petals Fresh: 10 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow

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Fresh rose petals are beautiful decorations for weddings, parties, and other special events. It may seem intimidating to work with fresh flowers, but this project is super easy! All you need are a few airtight containers, some paper towels, and enough roses for your event. Follow these steps and you'll have fresh, beautiful petals to decorate with.

Removing the Rose Petals

  1. Keep fresh roses cool until you're ready to work with them. Place your cut roses in cool water in a clean container, like a vase, until you're ready to use them. Store the vase somewhere cool and out of direct sunlight, like a cellar or garage, so they stay looking their best.
    • Replace the vase water every 2-3 days if you plan to store them that long.
  2. Prepare the petals no earlier than 3 days before you need them. 3 days is probably the maximum amount of time you want to store fresh rose petals if you plan to use them as decorations. If you try to store fresh rose petals for longer than 3 days, they won't be in peak condition when you go to use them.
    • For example, if you're using the petals to decorate a wedding, don't remove the petals from the roses until 3 days before the event at the earliest.
  3. Grasp the rose bloom firmly and pull it off the stem. Grab the thick part of the stem right under the bloom with one hand. Then, pinch the entire head of the rose bloom with your other hand. Gently pry the bloom away from the stem until the entire bloom, petals and all, separates from the stem.
    • Avoid yanking or being rough with the petals since this can bruise them.
  4. Separate the petals from each other gently with your fingers. Insert your fingers into the center of the bloom and gently pull and separate the individual petals. Let the petals fall gently to a clean, flat work surface as you continue with the rest of your blooms.
  5. Remove enough fresh rose petals to cover your intended project. The number of roses you need really depends on what you're using them for and how heavily you plan to layer them. After you separate the first bloom and see the petal yield, you'll have a better idea of how many additional roses you need for your project.
    • For example, if you're scattering them down the aisle at a wedding, consider the length of the aisle and how thickly you want to layer the petals.
    • It's better to have extra petals on hand rather than not enough, especially if you plan to use them as decorations.

Packing and Storing Fresh Petals

  1. Transfer the fresh petals to an airtight bag or container. Petals are very lightweight, so don't worry about them crushing each other. Fill zip-lock baggies or airtight containers with petals, just don't compact them or put additional pressure on them.
    • The petals should have room to shift around in the container. Don't pack them any tighter than that.
    • It's crucial that the container(s) be airtight so the petals stay crisp and fresh-looking.
  2. Place a dry paper towel in the container or bag and seal it tightly. Tuck the dry paper towel into the bag with the petals or place it on top or underneath them before sealing the container. Double-check the lid or baggie to confirm it's completely sealed.
    • The dry paper towel helps absorb extra moisture from the petals while they're in storage.
  3. Place the sealed container in your fridge. Find a stable, safe area in the fridge where the container won't be disturbed. Avoid putting the container near any fresh fruits or vegetables, since their proximity can cause the petals to wilt.
    • If you're ordering bags of roses petals for a wedding, do it about 2 weeks before the event. Request them to be delivered 1-2 days before the event. Keep them in the bag and place them in your fridge until you're ready to use them.
  4. Take the petals out and shake them every 1-2 days to keep them loose. This stops the petals from sticking together and also helps air circulate in the container(s). Give the petals a gentle shake or turn the container(s) over. Then, put them back in the fridge immediately.
  5. Decorate with the petals no earlier than 2 hours before your event. Keep the petals sealed and refrigerated until right before you need to use them so they're as fresh and gorgeous as possible. Keep in mind that if you're decorating with petals outdoors in full sun, they might dry up or wilt faster than usual.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Airtight container
  • Paper towel
  • Refrigerator
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