Should you strip your roses is a common question that many ask during Valentine’s Day prep. This popular Valentine’s Day topic comes with many varying opinions. Many feel that stripping roses of thorns and foliage creates a cleaner product for the end customer. While this might be true, removing thorns and foliage does have its disadvantages. Consider these truths about stem stripping roses before deciding to get rid of thorns and foliage.
Things to consider
When you remove thorns, wounds and holes are created which can become disease entry ports for bacteria. This can be extremely damaging for the life of your roses. Removing foliage has its advantages and disadvantages. Foliage helps with the hydration process so many argue you should not strip foliage from a rose. Specialized cells on the undersurface of rose foliage help pull solution up into the flower head, allowing for efficient hydration. However, foliage that is submerged in water is susceptible to bacteria growth. So you must be careful with your foliage if you plan to leave it on the stem. We recommend to leave foliage on the stem but out of the water. Removing only the foliage from the portion of stems that will be submerged in water will lead to both longer vase life and effective hydration.
If you are planning to strip your roses this year, Chrysal’s Flower Stem Stripper is the perfect tool because it removes the foliage without damaging the stem. It also helps to remove the sharp tip of the thorn without completely removing the entire thorn (preventing the creation of wounds and holes that can develop bacteria).