Post # 1
For all you fantastic brave bees who did your own flowers, those who used roses especially, how much fuss/how much time does it take to dethorn them? I’m looking at dealing with 200 to 250 roses, and I think I’ve got at least an idea of how the rest of the process will go, and I plan to do some kind of trial run. But I’m not sure how I could get a small amount of roses in the same condition they would arrive in from a wholesaler.
Any help out there? And if this should be in the Flower board rather than the DIY board, let me know and I’ll crosspost it or ask to have it moved or something.
Post # 3
I think its fine in the DIY board…
in working with wedding flowers in the past I know that you can get them without thorns allready. I have never bothered to de-thorn any rose that someone wouldn’t be handeling all day (like a bouquet) and even then you can use a pruners and just snip the tip off making it less sharp so you don’t have to get the entire thorn off. maybe 2 minuets tops per rose if you are being super careful about it
Post # 4
@globalmargaret: Thanks for the response! That’s a big help, especially since most of that number will be for centerpieces. I’m sure that in many situations they can be purchased with thorns removed, but the wholesale companies I’ve been looking at (Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.) don’t seem to have the option.
Post # 5
We ordered 300 roses from Costco – best decision I ever made. My recommendation – invest in flower “strippers”. I am not sure if that is the right term, but it’s close enough where people will understand it. The are sort of like tongs that you put around the stem and pull down and it removes the extra greenery and thorns. I think we paid about $20 for 2 (my mom picked them up so I am not 100% sure.) We had the two, and went through our 300 in maybe half an hour? A few seconds per rose, easy.
Post # 6
@baliahi1029: Oh, awesome. I’ve seen various flower stripping tools online but mostly the reviews weren’t positive, so I was kind of at a loss about them. And I just went and looked at your recent photo post, the roses (and everything else!) were freaking gorgeous! Thank you so much for the encouraging info.