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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

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