At this time of year, you will likely see shops filling to the brim with bouquets of red roses—a sure sign that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Along with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, the bouquet of red roses is a perennial classic—one of the most enduring, tried-and-true Valentine’s gifts. Although roses might seem like a no-brainer option, they are not without their perils. Take the prickly thorns that lurk beneath a rose’s seemingly innocuous bloom, for instance. Nothing puts a damper on a romantic night faster than a mangled hand and a trip to the emergency room. So, if you’re planning on gifting roses this Valentine’s Day, err on the side of caution and strip those bad boys off!
If de-thorning roses isn’t exactly your forte, fear not! The wonderful gals from Brooklyn’s Poppies & Posies were kind enough to share two of their techniques for removing pesky thorns from rose stems. The first of which involves a floral knife (or any kind of small knife). Simply hold the knife’s blade at a downward angle against the stem and cut each thorn away with a downward pulling motion. You can also go the more “professional” route and use a thorn stripper, the claw-shaped tool that florists use when stripping thorns from roses en masse. Simply clamp this tool around the stem of a rose and pull down in one swift motion to remove all of the thorns! Easy peasy! Let’s hear it for beautiful, timeless and thorn-free romance! Stay safe, everyone! —Max