A guide on how to reflex roses
1. Choose the right blooms
The first step in reflexed flowers is to choose the right blooms. Look for roses that are fully open and have petals that are slightly curled outward. These flower arrangements will be easier to reflex and will stay open longer.
2. Remove the guard petals
The next step is to remove the outermost layer of petals, also known as the guard petals. These petals may be bruised or damaged, and removing them will reveal the fresh, vibrant petals underneath. Gently peel off the guard petals one by one, being careful not to damage the rose. Don’t strip your rose too much as it’s hard to have a full rose without the petals.
3. Cut the stems
Once you've removed the guard petals, it's time to cut the stem. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the stem at a 45-degree angle. This will create a larger surface area for the rose to absorb water and nutrients, which will help the fresh flowers increase their longevity.
4. Reflex the petals
Now it's time for the fun part – learning how to reflex flowers!
- Start by finding the base of the flower where the outer petals meet the stem. The base is the most fragile part of the flower so it is important to be gentle with it when beginning the reflex.
- Take the first petal at the base of the flower and gently bend it back towards the stem.
- Work your way around the flower, bending each petal backward in the same way.
- Be careful not to force the reflex rose petals too much, as this can cause them to tear.
- As you work your way up the flower, continue to gently bend each petal backward until you reach the tip of the flower. It is also useful to work folding the petals side to side, not just down. It is important not to leave a central column of petals exposed.
- Blow firmly on the centre of the rose. This will encourage a beautiful and billowing centre while also making it easier to manoeuvre the petals.
- The goal is to create a beautiful, open floral design with petals that curve gracefully outward.
5. Arrange your bouquet!
Once you've reflexed your roses, it's time to arrange them in a vase or bouquet. Be sure to use a clean vase and fresh water. Arrange your roses in a way that showcases their beauty, and enjoy the sweet fragrance and vibrant colours of your freshly reflexed blooms! Reflex roses are also the perfect addition to your anniversary flowers or even for a thinking of you bouquet.
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How to reflex roses: FAQs
How long do reflexed roses last?
With proper care and maintenance, your reflexed roses can last as long as ordinary roses! Keeping them in a cool environment with fresh water, cut stems, and space to breathe can help your reflexed roses stay fresh for up to a week.
What are the best flowers to ‘reflex’?
The reflexing technique will easily take your roses to another level of elegance! However, another great option for flowers to reflex is tulips! Reflexed tulips are one of the best flowers to ‘reflex’ as their open petals create a glorious full bloom. If you want to learn how to reflex tulips, simply follow the same reflexing process as above for roses.
How do you flex preserved roses?
To flex a preserved or everlasting flower arrangement, use the same process as above, but with much gentler hands. Preserved roses are beautiful but extremely delicate, so it’s important to not put too much pressure or force on the flowers. Work your fingers around the petals slowly and you should have a beautiful reflexed rose that will last for a long time!
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