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4. Remove your roses from their temporary container and lay them flat on a counter top.
5. Remove any leaves which will show below waterline in vase.
6. Cut about 20 mm (3/4 inch) from base of each stem immediately before placing it in vase. This removes any air bubbles.
7. Don't place roses in drafts or direct sunlight, or near fruit, heaters, TVs or refrigerators.
8. Change water daily to extend vase life of your roses.
Freshly picked roses can last up to two weeks with a little extra care.
Gerry Belvedere is a former artist who now runs her own online florist service at http://www.rosaflora-flowers.com. Rosaflora delivers flowers Australia wide and overseas and offers tips on getting the most out of your cut flowers.