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How to Keep Rose Petals Fresh

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Rachel Cho

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This article was co-authored by Rachel Cho and by wikiHow staff writer, Amber Crain. Rachel Cho is a Floral Designer, Plant Specialist, and the Owner of Rachel Cho Floral Design, a floral shop based in New York City. With more than 16 years of experience, she specializes in original and impactful floral design and is known for her dexterity, innate artistry, and design sense. Rachel’s work has been featured in numerous national media outlets such as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and Huffington Post Weddings. This article has been viewed 168,347 times.

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While rose petals can be a lovely decoration for weddings, parties, and table arrangements, you’ll want to keep them fresh by picking them at the right time and storing them in the refrigerator. Before picking your roses, water the plant the night before to make sure they’re well hydrated. Cut flowers early in the morning before the day heats up, which can dry the petals out. After cutting your roses, put them in cool water until you’re ready to pluck the petals. Use slightly closed rose bloom for petals since these will last longer. After you pluck the petals, place them on top of a wet paper towel that’s lining a plastic container. Once you have a layer of petals, close the lid and put the container in the refrigerator. You can store your petals this way for 3 to 7 days. To learn how to dry your rose petals for potpourri, keep reading!

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