How to: massing and blocking of roses

“This is such a fun technique to try with roses and you won’t believe how much longer the roses last when used this way”, writes flower expert Jill Manson

What you’ll need:

  • 1 square vase
  • 1 block floral foam well soaked
  • 3 to 5 aspidistra leaves from the garden
  • 1 bunch of roses (15-20 stems)
  • 1 knife and floral scissors or secateurs

What you need to do:

1. Cut the stem away from the aspidistra leaves so that they are flexible.

2. Wrap the leaves inside the vase.

3. Cut a piece of well soaked floral foam so that’s its size is just short of the size of the vase. Insert the block gently once the leaf wrapping is in place.

4. Measure the roses against the vase so the head is just above the lip of the vase. Cut the stem 2cm from the base of the vase.

5. Insert roses into the foam one at a time creating four rows in a square.

Read more about Jill’s flower school HERE