Fresh roses are packed at the farm site with their guard petals still in place. These outer roses may look bruised or thorn damaged, but they are left on to protect the inner rose petals.
Be sure to wash your hands to remove natural skin oils that can damage petals or cause early browning. I usually mist my fingers with Finishing Touch to keep the petals safe.
Remove the outer damaged petals until you have a blemish free rose.
The petals should be firm to the touch and firmly attached to the bulb of the flower.
If the rose is "mushy" or the petals drop off easily, it usually indicates that the rose is past it's prime.
Now you have a perfect rose to use in your bridal or bridesmaid's bouquet.