Finding The Best Black Roses: Our Research & Advice
Let’s talk black roses!
The perfect accessory for a spooky costume or just an eclectic choice for decoration in a mid-century home, black roses come in several varieties.
Among the more popular options are so called “forever roses.”
Forever roses occupy a space between fresh and silk—they ARE fresh roses that have been treated with preservatives. Exactly how that process works varies from maker to maker, but most use a solution that keeps the rose’s structure and shape. Yes, forever roses are often bleached and dehydrated, then colored/dyed to a desired hue (in this case, black, of course).
One key question: do forever roses last, well, forever?
Well, it depends on how you define forever! Most forever rose sellers say the roses will last for one to three years. And that explains the appeal of forever roses . . . they look like fresh roses, yet last much longer than fresh roses.
Then there are forever roses that are dipped in gold—these have an even longer life, as you might expect.
Another question we heard from readers: do forever roses have a scent?
No. The preservation process removes the scent, so if you are looking for that, fresh roses are your best bet.
After surveying our parent readers about forever roses and doing a hands-on inspection of several popular brands, here are some of our tips:
• Do NOT water forever roses! This damages the roses.
• Keep roses at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
• The dye on forever roses can stain fabrics, so be careful when handing.
• Leave forever roses in the container they arrive in—most ship in a display box.
After spending several hours researching various brands and gathering real-world feedback from our readers, here are the black roses we would recommend.