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Roses: Different Colors, Meanings, and Tips To Making Them Last Longer

Updated on February 14, 2012
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Roses Are Fragile. Tips To Making Them Last Longer!

I'd have to say that I'm not a big fan of roses. I get them one day and within two or three days, they have already wilted. My most favorite flower is the Gerbera Daisy. Those things last forever!

However, there have been times when the fella has given me roses. After the initial confrontation: "Why did you get me roses?!? You don't know me at all!", I tell him he shouldn't have and I accept them with a smile. P.S. I don't really do that. He knows he better bring me daisies!

Here are some tips and tricks to making roses last longer than a couple of days!


Trim stems under warm running water. This keeps air out of the stems. Cut about two inches off and cut at a slant.


Remove any leaves that will be under water in the vase to avoid decay and bacteria.


Use preservative packet that came with the roses, or add a plain aspirin to water. Some people add a teaspoon of sugar instead of the aspirin. I've only used aspirin so I can't vouch for the sugar.


❁ Avoid the sun. Display roses in a cool, dry area.


Repeat this process every other day to get the most out of your roses!


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Colors of Roses and Their Meanings

Red roses mean love and passion. They also can express respect and say 'congratulations'.

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Yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy. Also welcome and thank you!

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Orange and coral roses scream desire and enthusiasm. They can also mean pride.

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Peach roses convey gratitude, appreciation, and sincerity. Peach roses can also be used as flowers of sympathy.

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Pink roses mean sweetness, happiness, and admiration. Dark pink roses express deep gratitude.

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Lavendar or lilac roses tells the recipient it was love at first sight! The sender is truly enchanted.

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White roses mean purity and innocence. They can also mean worthiness and value.

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Black roses are actually very dark red roses and express the death of something such as a relationship or venture. Although, they could also mean renewed spirit and rebirth.

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    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome hub and very informative.

      John

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      John, thanks for the comment!

    • Princess Prisca profile image

      Princess Prisca 5 years ago from Heaven living on Earth

      Useful hub and very informative.

      I always remembered what red or white roses meant, but never the other varities.

      Thanks so much, now I have no excuse. (Roses are my favorite flowers.)

      Ciao...Princess Prisca

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Princess Prisca, I'm glad I could help! Thanks for the comment!

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