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Rose travel

Hi, I was hoping you all might be able to help me. I'm an 18-year-old college student in southern California who knows very little about botany. In a couple of weeks, I'll be taking a red-eye flight to Pennsylvania and I need to bring a single lavender rose (preferably long-stem) with me. The two difficulties for me are obviously (1) getting my hands on a single lavender rose, and (2) getting it to Pennsylvania. I'd like it to last as long as possible once I get there, and my common sense tells me that a rose in full bloom would get destroyed in travel and wouldn't live long enough anyway. Is there some way to get a hold of a single rose BUD that's packed in such a way that it will survive 12 hours of travel (including any necessary hydration, etc.) There must be some way, because roses get from South America to florists. How can I get one to PA?

I haven't visited my local florist, but I'd like to be armed with your advice before I go. If they don't have lavender roses, how might I get one (but only one)?

Thank you so much! Any advice you have will help!

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Location: Maryland zone 7

Hi Michael,

There is something called a floral pick that you put water in and insert the freshly cut stem into. The stem should be cut on an angle. The problem that I see is there are no liquids allowed on the plane so I don't know how you would be able to do this unless you empty the water just before boarding and then refill it with water on the plane. The picks are sold in large quantities to florists, so the florist you purchase the flower from should be able to give you one.

If you will be traveling with a cut flower, it's best to purchase one in bud, not in full flower. It will last longer. My concern would be the cold temps when you get to Pennsylvania. If the temps are freezing then the flower can get frost bitten by the cold when you get here.

I think you are going to have a difficult time finding a lavender rose unless you go to a large florist shop. How about a silk rose in lavender?


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On the plane, you can wrap the bottom of the rose in wet paper towels to keep the cut stem moist. Better than being dry!

Good luck, I don't have anything more to offer than what Newt already gave!

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