Finding the Best 100 Roses: Our Tips & Advice
Let’s talk buying fresh roses!
Yes, roses are impressive—and 100 red roses is the ultimate flower gift.
To find the best bets, we asked our readers for their real-world experiences with buying roses online. Then we tried a few brands ourselves. Finally, we looked at third-party tests of other online florists . . . which flowers looked best in the real world?
We also interviewed a florist to get tips and advice on buying roses—and making sure they look their best when given as a gift.
Here are some key pieces of advice:
• Timing matters. Consider ordering flowers early in the week. Some vendors offer overnight shipping, but won’t do deliveries on Saturday or Sunday.
• Most roses arrive as buds. You need to rehydrate them with lukewarm water to get them to open! Also: change the water every two to three days to avoid bacterial growth. If your roses arrive with a food packet, use it! This helps with rehydrating and blooming.
• Stems should be trimmed. Cut about 1″ off the stems to make sure water can effectively rehydrate the roses. Trim the stems every three days by at least another half inch—this keeps roses looking their best.
• Never put flowers in direct sunlight. Cooler locations are better than warm—a counter away from heat sources is best.
Here are the best 100 roses we found: