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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!