Guide to Roses | Valentine’s Day 101

Learn the meaning behind rose colors, the number of blooms in a bouquet, and tips on caring for roses in this handy Valentine’s Day guide to roses.

By Shelley Wigglesworth

Jan 24 2017


Guide to Roses

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From the meaning behind rose colors to tips on caring for roses, our handy guide to roses has all your rose knowledge needs covered!
Guide to Roses
Guide to Roses
Photo Credit : Dreamstime
Long-stemmed roses have long been a flower of choice to give to loved ones on Valentine’s Day and on other special occasions throughout the year. In Victorian times, different colors of roses and the number included in the bouquet had specific meaning and symbolism. By learning what the colors and numbers represent, you can send your own message of love to friends and family using the language of flowers.

Guide to Roses | Meaning Behind the Color of Roses

Solid Color Roses: Red – Love Burgundy – Beauty White – Purity, Spiritual Love Yellow – Friendship Coral – Desire Orange – Fascination Pink – Admiration Lavender – Love at First Sight Multi-colored Roses and/or Color Combinations: Red and White – Unity Red, Pink, and White – Trinity Red and Orange – Congratulations Yellow and Red – Friendship Turned Into Love Lavender and White – Second Chances Pink and Peach – Sweetness White and Yellow – Harmony Orange and Yellow – Passion

Guide to Roses | Meaning Behind the Number of Roses

One Red Rose – “My one and only” Two Roses –  “We are a couple” Three Roses – “I love you” Six Roses – “I miss you” Ten Roses – “You are perfect for me” Twelve Red Roses – “True love” Thirteen Roses – “You have a secret admirer” Fifty Roses – “I love you unconditionally”

Guide to Roses | How to Care for Cut Roses

Choose a sturdy vase with an opening that suits the size of your rose bouquet. Hold the bouquet close to the vase to determine the amount of stem to cut off, based on your height preference. Use a sharp pruning tool or floral scissors to trim stems at an angle, allowing for a few inches of stem between the rose bud and the vase opening. Remove all leaves. If you prefer to leave some, make sure to keep only the green and healthy leaves. Fill the vase half full of room temperature tap water and arrange roses individually in the vase. After arranging, place your roses away from drafts, heating vents, and direct bright light, including sunny windows. Every few days, change the water in the vase and rinse the stems before placing them back in the vase. Remove flowers gradually as they wilt. Have anything to add to our Guide to Roses? Let us know! This post was first published in 2016 and has been updated. 

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