How to remove rose thorns

Roses are one of the most popular and easy to identify flowers around the world. They are so loved and in such great demand that florists keep several colours in stock throughout the year. Even when they are not in season, they are either cultivated in greenhouses or imported. Valentine’s Day, for example, is one of the busiest days for florists and red roses are in high demand. The one thing that people may struggle with when it comes to roses are the thorns. Fortunately, their beauty more than makes up for their thorny aspect. It’s also good to know that thorns are easy to remove if you follow these simple steps:

  • Get a sharp knife ready and make sure that it is very sharp. If it’s not at its sharpest, you can take a moment to sharpen before you begin.
  • Now take the knife and run it along the stem of your rose. The knife needs to be parallel to the stem so that you only cut the thorns off and you don’t damage the stem.
  • Cut away from yourself so that you don’t hurt yourself.
  • Take your time because rushing it can shorten the lifespan of your flower.
  • Do this with all the sides of the stem and only focus on the parts that will end up under the waterline.
  • Don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your hands from getting pricked by those sharp thorns.
  • You can also remove the lower leaves while you’re at it. This is an essential part of preparing your cut flowers for their new home in a vase.