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Reflexed Roses - What are they and how to reflex a Rose

The classic rose is said to represent love, passion, and beauty.

Roses have been the symbol of timeless elegance and grace for centuries. But did you know that there’s a way to give roses a unique twist, making them look even more voluminous and luxurious? Enter the world of reflexed roses!

What are Reflexed Roses?

Mixed pink and red reflexed roses designed into a flower bouquet

Reflexed roses are roses whose petals are gently turned back on themselves, giving them a fuller and more open appearance. Instead of the classic tight bud or semi-open bloom, a reflexed rose has its outer petals curved outwards, revealing more of the inner petals. This technique accentuates the layers and depth of the flower, transforming the rose into a more dramatic version of itself. It’s a favourite among florists, especially for special events like weddings, as this look gives bouquets a luxurious touch.

Why Reflex Roses?

Roses in mixed pink hues that have been reflexed

  • Fuller Appearance: Reflexing adds volume to the rose, making each stem look bigger and more dramatic.
  • Longevity: Sometimes, when roses start to age and their outer petals begin to wilt or brown, reflexing can give them a fresh look, extending their beauty for a little longer.
  • Unique Design: For those wanting to add a unique touch to their arrangements, reflexed roses stand out and make a statement.

How to Reflex a Rose: A Step-by-Step Guide

Reflexed rose bouquet in white wrapping paper

Reflexing roses might seem like a professional technique, but with a little patience, you can master it at home. Here's how:

1. Choose the Right Rose:

Look for roses that are slightly open, but not too mature. The petals should be flexible but not overly soft.

2. Prepare the Rose:

Hold the rose by its stem, ensuring you have a good grip. Gently remove any guard petals (the outermost layer of petals) that may be discoloured or damaged.

3. Begin with Outer Petals:

Using your thumb and index finger, gently hold the edge of a petal. Carefully, and with a soft touch, roll or fold the petal back onto itself. It should curve outward, away from the centre of the rose.

4. Work Your Way Inwards:

Continue the process, working your way around and towards the centre of the rose. The petals become more delicate as you move inward, so be extra gentle to avoid tearing.

5. Adjust and Fluff:

Once all petals are reflexed, you can adjust them a bit to get the desired look. Gently fluff and arrange the petals to ensure the rose has a symmetrical and full appearance.

6. Hydrate:

After reflexing, it's essential to keep the roses hydrated. Place them in a vase with fresh water, preferably with some floral food, to prolong their life.

A Few Tips:

Pink reflexed Roses en-masse

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Start with a few roses to get the hang of it before reflexing an entire bouquet.
  • Be Gentle: The petals can easily tear or bruise, so always handle with care.
  • Use Fresh Roses: It’s easier to reflex fresh roses as the petals are more flexible and less prone to damage.

In conclusion, reflexed roses offer a stunning twist to the conventional rose presentation. By gently turning the petals back, you can enhance the flower's beauty, making your floral arrangements stand out. Whether you're preparing a bouquet for a special event or just want to jazz up a single stem, reflexing is a technique worth trying!

Kate x


  • Hi Ivy,

    Thank you for your message and feedback.

    We would normally source the roses 2-3 days prior to reflexing them. So if its for a Saturday wedding or event, we would source them fresh from the supplier on a Tuesday shipment and then proceed with the conditioning process (strip half the stem, give them a good cut, place them deep into fresh warm water, leave out and then store them in the fridge at night) and repeat on Wednesday. Then start reflexing on Thursday or Friday, depending on how many you have or what they are needed for.

    Some varieties aren’t easy to reflex so avoid the super tight and pointy varieties to save the stress! Theres so many full and big head varieties, you should be sourcing.

    We are based in Melbourne so if you’re interstate you need to check with your supplier when the rose shipment arrives to ensure you are sourcing the freshest and finest quality.

    Hope that helps!

    Kate x

  • Hi Kate,

    Thank you so much for this blog post! Do you have a usual timeline you adhere to when you plan to reflex roses? I have struggled to know when to pick up my roses before an event to reflex them. They usual arrive too tight and don’t open up even after a couple days! Thanks

  • Hi Tran, In this blog about reflexed roses there are Pink Floyd (hot pink), Hermosa (watermelon) and Pure Bliss Classic (soft blush pink) varieties. Our favourite varieties that we source! Hope that helps, Kate x

    Kate Hill
  • Hi Kate! What type of roses are in the photos in this blog please? They’re gorgeous!


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