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How to Act Like a Villain

It’s fun to play the role of a villain because they are emotionally complex and require a certain amount of nuance to avoid becoming caricatures.[1] However, it takes a little extra work to play a successful villain since it can be difficult to be a character that’s unlikeable. By developing the mindset of a villain and working on your body language, you can be a villain that audiences will remember!

EditSteps

EditGetting into a Villainous Mindset

  1. Determine the sort of villain you’ll be playing. Look at the character and see what type of villain they are. Are they a psychopath like Hannibal Lecter or a cold mastermind that’s always one step ahead of the hero like John Doe? The personality of the villain you have will help you develop characteristics specific to the role.[2]
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    • Some examples of villain archetypes are good guys turned bad like Two-Face, masterminds who have everything planned like John Doe, or people who get pleasure from inflicting pain like Jigsaw.
    • Do medical research if your villain has a certain pathology so you have a better understanding of how your character would act.
  2. Explore your villain’s backstory to understand their anger. Don’t be full of rage during your performance without knowing where the anger is coming from. Find the part of their backstory that’s the source of their anger and justify their rage from that moment. From there, you can show the full extent of how far your villain will go to get what they want.[3]
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    • Consider using revenge or previous trauma in their life as a motive for the reason they’re angry or act the way they do. Syndrome from The Incredibles becomes a villain because Mr. Incredible tells him he can’t be a hero. Always think of their backstory as the heart of every decision they make.
    • Being angry just for the sake of it will make your villain less believable and more generic.
    • Don’t expose their full rage immediately. Showing restraint until a climactic moment will make your villain more terrifying and memorable.
  3. Empathize with the choices your villain makes. Think about the reason your villain is choosing their actions. Is it to protect their family, seek honor, get rich, or are they just evil? No matter their decisions, look in their point of view to see what drives them to the choices they make.[4]
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    • Remember that the villain is the hero of their own story. Your villain must believe that what they are doing is the best thing for themselves.
    • Don’t practice this mindset all the time while getting into the role so you don’t affect your relationships.
  4. Find their redeeming quality. Even the best and most evil villains have flaws and humanizing aspects of their life. Find what your villain cares about the most as you get into the mindset to give them more emotional depth than being a purely evil presence.[5]
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    • Think if your villain has a family to protect or if they’re trying to save the world in their own destructive way. Make the audience empathize with their choices.
    • Showing a diverse range of emotion in your villain will make someone watching understand your actions better. They may even root for you!
  5. Have a devious sense of humor. Develop a dark sense of humor like the Joker, especially if you’re playing a villain with a more comedic role. Find something funny that may be horrifying to others. Humor will help make your villain more relatable and likable to an audience.[6]
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EditFinding Inspiration

  1. Watch other actors portray villainous roles. Find films or TV shows with similar villainous roles as the one you are going to perform. Watch the actors’ facial expressions, listen to the way they speak, and notice any small movements they make with their body. Observing how other actors portray a villain will help shape your performance.[7]
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  2. Study real-life criminals and villains to ground your character in reality. Look up crimes that your villain has committed and see if there are any real-life connections. Watch videos of the suspects or the people guilty of the crimes to see how they act. Read true crime books to get an idea of the characters and apply them to the villain you’re portraying.[8]
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    • Many modern characters are based on actual people and real criminal charges.
  3. Journal as your character to roleplay. Write for at least 10 to 15 minutes per day in a notebook or journal that you only use for your character. Start by introducing your character in the first person, then talk about your backstory, feelings, and answer any questions you may have about your character.[9]
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    • Only write as your character and avoid writing as yourself.
    • Dig deep into your character, like what they are afraid of or what their relationships are. This will help you find more motivation for your character and you’ll understand them on a deeper level so you can portray them better.

EditPerfecting Your Performance

  1. Find a voice that fits your role. Once you’ve determined your villain’s personality, look for a voice that matches. An evil mastermind may speak with a slower, deeper voice to emanate a sense of power while a serial killer may speak like a normal person to blend in with society. Take your character’s history and backstory into consideration as you try out different voices.[10]
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    • If you want to be a classic movie villain like Hans Gruber from Die Hard or Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, speak with a British accent.[11]
    • Sometimes, a higher-pitched voice can sound more menacing than a deeper one. Practice your range and make sure you can use a full range of emotion in the voice you choose.
    • Try an evil laugh if it fits your character. Don’t overdo an evil laugh unless you’re playing a generic sort of villain.[12]
  2. Stand with good posture and confident body language. Villains must ooze confidence since they are committing heinous crimes most of the time. Straighten your back and stand tall. Tilt your chin up to look down on others and always maintain eye contact. When you move, make slow and deliberate movements, otherwise you’ll seem anxious.[13]
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    • Avoid touching your face or neck since this could indicate your villain is weak or afraid.
    • Tailor individual traits to the villain you’re portraying and make sure they make sense based on your villain’s history.
  3. Steeple your fingers while you speak. Hold your hands out in front of you and touch the tip of each of fingers to the same finger on the opposite hand. Steepling or tenting your fingers while you talk will automatically make you seem more sinister, especially while speaking.[14]
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    • Steepled fingers are a traditional way to convey evil, so it may come across as overdone or generic if you do it too much.
  4. Practice a menacing grin. If you’re playing a classic sort of villain, a grin and laugh is a must. Practice smiling in the mirror and determine if your character will work better showing teeth or keeping their mouth closed when they smirk.[15]
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    • A villain’s smile shows that they’re happy with the evil they’re doing and can send a chill up someone’s spines
    • Look at how Norman Bates smiles in Psycho or how Jack Torrance grins in The Shining for great examples of evil grins.

EditWarnings

  • Don’t use your villainous persona outside of the role. Depending on your character, it could negatively affect your current relationships.

EditSources and Citations

EditQuick Summary

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How to Infuse Olive Oil

Herb-infused olive oil is a light, tasty way to add flavor to many types of meals. It can be used in cooking or as a dressing on your food. Both cold-infused and heat-infused olive oils are easy to make at home, but the process requires careful consideration of your ingredients to prevent the growth of bacteria in the bottle.

EditSteps

EditCreating Strong Flavors

  1. Select a high-quality extra virgin olive oil. In the supermarket or a speciality grocery store, look for a darker green bottle of olive oil, which is colored to protect the flavor of the oil. Read the label to make sure the oil is labeled as “extra virgin” olive oil, which is the highest quality olive oil available. Try to buy a bottle that clearly labels the region where the olives were grown and the date of harvest.[1]
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    • If you can’t find extra virgin olive oil, you can also buy “virgin” olive oil, which is slightly lower quality, but still has a very good flavor and can be used for infusions.
    • Be sure to check the “best by” date to ensure that the expiration date gives you enough time to make and use the oil.
  2. Infuse a single ingredient into the oil for a strong, bold flavor. Many people prefer to add only 1 ingredient to their oil to give it a distinct taste. For a pleasant and strong infusion, try making rosemary olive oil, thyme olive oil, garlic olive oil, truffle olive oil, lemon olive oil, or basil olive oil.[2]
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    • For example, if you make Italian food frequently, you can make a garlic olive oil to use while cooking.
    • If you like to use olive oil on salads, try infusing a lemon or ginger olive oil.
  3. Create flavor blends with 2 ingredients. Choose flavors and herbs that you use together in recipes often, as those tend to work together well. Popular multi-ingredient infused oils include garlic-chili olive oil, Italian herbs olive oil, and rosemary-garlic olive oil.[3]
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    • As a general rule, try to stick with creating infusions that have no more than 2 ingredients. More ingredients can sometimes result in muddled flavors and conflicting tastes.
    • If you want to experiment with multiple-flavor infusions that have more than 2 ingredients, try making smaller batches of the infused oils to taste test. This will prevent waste and ensure that the flavors work together.
  4. Do a cold-infusion for fresh herbs and organic ingredients. If your ingredients are tender herbs like basil, oregano, cilantro and parsley, or small ingredients like peppercorn, they’ll release their flavor easily when cut or chopped and can be cold-infused. This method is also the best for ingredients like lemons, which should be kept cold to prevent rancidity.[4]
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    • If you’re unsure of whether your ingredient should be cold or hot infused, try a cold infusion first. This method works well with most ingredients and creates a mild flavor profile.
  5. Heat-infuse hardy herbs and preserved ingredients. If you’re using woody herbs, like rosemary and sage, a heat-infusion is best for releasing all of the bold flavors. This method is also good for preserved ingredients like dried mushrooms and chilis.[5]
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    • For woody herbs, including rosemary, sage, and thyme, you’ll need only a few sprigs of the herb for your infusion, since they tend to be stronger and the hot oil will draw out the flavor.

EditCold-Infusing Fresh Ingredients

  1. Wash and dry fresh herbs and organic ingredients. Cold-infusion works best for tender ingredients, such as parsley, cilantro, and fresh chilis, or small ingredients like fresh peppercorns. Wash them under warm water, and lay them out to dry overnight to avoid transferring water into your infusion.[6]
    • While bacteria won’t grow in olive oil, it can grow on wet ingredients that have been added to an infusion.
  2. Add your herbs to a food processor, and pulverize them for 30 seconds. For every of oil, use about of fresh herbs for your infusion. Place the ingredients into the food processor, and let it run for 30 seconds or until the herbs are pulverized.[7]
    • This helps the herbs begin to release their flavors to infuse into the oil and will speed up the infusion process.
  3. Place the herbs in the bottle and pour the oil on top. Scoop the pulverized herbs into a clean, dry bottle, and pour room temperature oil into the jar until it’s full. Leave as little room at the top of the jar as possible, and screw the lid or cap on tightly. Invert it a few times to thoroughly mix the ingredients.[8]
    • Make sure the lid is on as tightly as possible to prevent air from entering the bottle while it infuses.
  4. Refrigerate the oil for 1-2 weeks to infuse the flavors. The refrigerator is the perfect place for cold-infusing olive oil because the temperature is regulated and it’s dark unless the door is open. Every 2-3 days, pour out some oil and taste it to check how the infusion is progressing.![9]
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    • Cold-infusion oils should be refrigerated at all times to prevent them from becoming rancid.
  5. Strain and re-bottle the oil when the flavor is strong enough. Once the flavor is to your liking, the olive oil is ready. Pour the oil through a strainer to remove the solid ingredients, and then funnel the oil back into a clean, dry, resealable bottle, like a mason jar or bottle with a cork stopper. Place the bottle back into the refrigerator for safe storage.[10]
    • Cold-infused oils will last 2-3 weeks when stored in the refrigerator. If you notice a change in the flavor of your oil, throw it away immediately and infuse a new batch.

EditDoing a Heat-Infusion

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan to and remove from heat. On the burner, slowly increase the heat of the oil until it reaches . Then, take the pan off of the burner and set it aside to begin to cool.[11]
    • Heating the oil over can change the flavor profile. Try to keep the heat at or just below this temperature for best results.
    • Don’t begin to add ingredients to the oil as it’s heating. This can cook the ingredients and change the overall flavor of the oil.
  2. Add woody herbs and preserved ingredients to the oil as it cools. Once the olive oil has dropped from it’s highest temperature, begin adding your ingredients, like rosemary, thyme, sage, chilis, or dried mushrooms. Use a spoon or spatula to mix them into the oil thoroughly, and then let the oil sit to cool.[12]
    • After your initial mixing, try not to disturb the ingredients as they infuse into the oil. This can change the flavor of the oil and cause it to cool too quickly.
  3. Strain the infused ingredients when the oil has cooled to room temperature. After about an hour, the oil should be around . Pour the oil through a strainer to remove the solid ingredients, and funnel the strained oil into a clean, dry, resealable bottle.[13]
    • Keep in mind that the longer the ingredients sit in the oil, the stronger the flavor will be. If you want a stronger flavor, let the oil sit for an extra 1-2 hours before straining and bottling.
  4. Store heat-infused olive oil at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Since the oil was heated and there are no other ingredients in the jar, it’s safe to keep the heat-infused oil on a counter outside of the refrigerator. However, you can also refrigerate this oil if you prefer to use it cold.[14]
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    • Heat-infused oil will be fresh for 1 month after bottling. If you notice a change in the flavor of the oil, throw away the oil and infuse a new batch.

EditThings You’ll Need

EditCold-Infusing Your Ingredients

  • Fresh ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • Clean, dry, resealable jar or bottle
  • Food processor
  • Strainer
  • Funnel

EditDoing a Heated-Infusion

  • Medium saucepan
  • Hardy or preserved ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • Clean, dry, resealable jar or bottle
  • Strainer
  • Funnel

EditVideo

EditWarnings

  • Make sure your herbs are completely dry before adding them to the oil. If they’re wet, a dangerous bacteria called botulism can form.

EditSources and Citations

EditQuick Summary

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How to Date Your Best Friend

A strong friendship is an excellent base for a good romantic relationship. Be careful and considerate about how you approach dating your best friend since they play an important role in your life. Ease into the transition from being friends to lovers by communicating openly and taking things slow. As your relationship progresses, boost the romance to take things to the next level!

EditSteps

EditCommunicating Clearly

  1. State your interest simply if you are still just friends. If your friend doesn’t know that you have a romantic interest in them, tell them in a straightforward but non-threatening way. Explain that you are attracted to them and want to pursue a romantic relationship with them. Make it clear that you will understand if they don’t feel the same way but that you wanted to be honest about your feelings either way.[1]
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    • For instance, say, “I have strong feelings for you and I want to be more than just a friend, but I will totally understand if you aren’t interested in taking things to the next level.”
    • An unrequited crush can put tension on a friendship over time, so it is good to be honest regardless of the outcome.
  2. Share your concerns with your best friend to maintain honesty. Moving from friendship to romance is a risk that may be challenging to take. Share any worries you have about losing your close relationship to see if they feel the same way. Ask if there are any other concerns about the situation that they have to get a clear understanding of what obstacles may be facing you both.[2]
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    • For example, say something like, “You’re my best friend and I’m not sure if my romantic feelings for you are worth losing you entirely.”
  3. Establish the boundaries of your new relationship to avoid misunderstandings. Communicate your romantic wants and needs clearly to your partner from the start. Avoid the assumption that they will intuitively know how what will be okay with you and make you happy. Be sure to outline any behaviour that you consider unacceptable from a romantic partner so they know how you want to be treated.[3]
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    • For instance, say something like, “I believe in monogamy and I can’t tolerate cheating in a romantic relationship.”
  4. Avoid making assumptions about what your partner wants. After transitioning from friendship to a relationship, you may think that you already know what your partner wants romantically. Always check with your partner to see what goals and desires they have as these may change over time, and in different situations. If you catch yourself guessing what they might like, stop and ask them about it to double check. They will appreciate your effort and concern about their feelings.[4]
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    • For instance, if your partner noted in the past that they didn’t want a co-dependent relationship, do not assume that they want you to keep your distance.

EditMoving Slowly

  1. Make sure that your motivations are pure and not temporary. Think about your current state of mind and life circumstances and ask yourself if your romantic feelings might be caused by these factors. Sometimes life events can cause people to seek comfort, stability, excitement, or validation from other people in our lives who they don’t genuinely want to be with. Avoid pursuing a relationship with your best friend if you might be using them to feel better.[5]
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    • For instance, you may seek comfort and distraction in a romance with your best friend after a death in the family.
  2. Avoid getting physically intimate until you are sure of your chemistry. Take things slowly in your new relationship so that you can both figure out your feelings without distractions. Romantic touching and sexual contact can blur the lines of a relationship and confuse boundaries. Try to let your physical relationship evolve naturally out of genuine chemistry and affection.[6]
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    • Acting on physical urges too soon may make the situation awkward or increase the intensity of your relationship very quickly.
  3. Be consistent about your romantic advances to avoid confusion. Moving slowly is a good way of avoiding confusing hot-and-cold behaviour. Making a grand romantic move one week, then acting like a casual buddy the next will leave your friend unsure of your feelings. Take things slow and gradually build up to bigger gestures or commitments so you won’t be overwhelmed by the situation.[7]
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    • For instance, don’t show up to your friend’s workplace with flowers one day and introduce them to colleagues as your “buddy” a few days later.
  4. Give each other space sometimes to avoid getting tired of each other. Taking things to the next level with your best friend can reinforce an already strong bond, making it tempting to spend all of your time with them. Take some time apart to pursue your own interests and to make sure that you get the chance to miss each other. This will make you appreciate each other even more while reducing the risk of becoming annoying to each other.[8]
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    • For example, take time to visit with other friends or spend some quiet time alone at home.

EditMaking Things More Romantic

  1. Start calling them nicknames that are flirty or affectionate. Casual nicknames that you call a friend may give them the impression that you are not interested in them. Instead, try to call them pet names that convey that you think they are special or attractive. This will help transition your relationship from friendship to love.[9]
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    • For instance, call them something like “sweetheart,” “cutie,” or “gorgeous.”
    • Avoid casual names like “buddy,” “pal,” or “dude.”
  2. Put effort into impressing them despite your comfort with them. Friendship means a certain level of familiarity and comfort that may not scream “romance.” Aim to impress them the same way you would try to win over a blind date or a cute stranger. Add intrigue to the relationship to keep and increase their interest.[10]
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    • For instance, dress up for outings the same way you would for a romantic date with someone you are just getting to know.
  3. Pursue more romantic activities while you are together. A good way to shift your relationship from friendship to romance is to change your routine together. Create excitement by spending time in situations or places you have never been to. Avoid having “dates” that involve activities you did together as friends, such as playing video games or sports.[11]
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    • For example, go out for a romantic candlelit dinner or share a bottle of wine instead of ordering a pizza.
  4. Plan a romantic trip together to celebrate your love. While you may have done many activities together as friends, a shared getaway is a distinctly romantic thing to do. Plan a small vacation for you and your partner to spend some one-on-one time together. Whether it is a short road trip or a more elaborate getaway, the experience will bond you on a new level.[12]
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    • To avoid potential conflicts, start by going away for a few days at a time with your partner then build up to longer trips.

EditTips

  • It might be easier to transition from friends to lovers if you keep this change from mutual friends and family until you are settled into the new relationship.
  • Avoid over-romanticizing the situation because of books or movies that feature friends falling in love.

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How to Photograph a Meteor Shower

ff8cig97iukp94pkeqwi.jpgThe Perseid Meteor shower is expected to peak Sunday and Monday evening, which means it will be prime time to catch a glimpse of a falling star (or 20). Over 75 shooting stars are expected to fly by an hour, which means you should be able to catch that glimpse not only with your eyes but also with your camera.

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How to Make Roses Last Longer

An elegant spray of roses always makes a statement, but once they’ve passed their prime, they can begin to lose some of their magic. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to lengthen their lifespan, whether they’re in your garden or a vase in your kitchen. By making sure your roses get plenty of fresh water, nourishing them with a balanced plant food or a little glucose, and keeping them at a consistent temperature, you can ensure that they’ll look their best for days or weeks to come.

EditSteps

EditCaring for Cut Roses

  1. Start with a clean vase. Before putting your roses on display, run your vase through the dishwasher or wash it thoroughly by hand with warm water and antibacterial soap. Using a clean container is important, as dirty vases often harbor germs and mineral and chemical deposits from tap water.[1]
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    • If you use the same vase regularly, get in the habit of scrubbing it out between uses.
    • Make sure the inside of the container is spotless. The residue left behind from previous flowers can also speed up the deterioration of your new roses.
  2. Fill your vase with distilled or purified water. Use bottled water to keep your cut roses moist, or invest in a water purification system to filter the water that comes out of your faucet. Roses do best in water with as close to a neutral pH as possible, which won’t cause them to shrivel and discolor the way water that’s too hard or soft will.[2]
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    • If you’re using tap water in your vase, allow it to sit in the refrigerator overnight to give the chlorine time to dissipate before adding the roses.
    • Water purification tablets can also help bring questionable water to a more amenable pH in a pinch. Drop in the specific number of tablets recommended in the product instructions for the amount of water you’re using and wait at least 30 minutes before adding your roses.[3]
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water in your vase. Ordinary granulated sugar is one of the simplest, most effective ways to keep cut flowers nourished. A good rule of thumb is to use roughly 2 tablespoons per quart of water. The roses will absorb the sugary solution through their stems and convert it to beneficial glucose, which will keep their cells and tissues lush and full.[4]
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    • Avoid using sugar substitutes, such as aspartame, saccharin, or stevia. Since these substances don’t break down the same way chemically, they won’t have the same effective on your roses.
    • It’s important to remember that flowers are living things that need to eat, too, even if they’ve already been cut, stuck in a vase, and used to decorate your home.
  4. Keep your roses away from direct sunlight and heat. Similar to produce, keeping cut flowers cool helps preserve them after they’ve been picked. Generally speaking, the cooler the environment, the better your cut roses will fare. Resist the temptation to situate them on a windowsill or in a picturesque sunbeam for long periods of time. Intense heat will quickly cause them to wither.[5]
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    • Consider refrigerating your roses overnight, or anytime you don’t have them sitting out. Just make sure you keep them away from refrigerated produce, as the gases released by stored fruits and veggies can be bad for their longevity.[6]
    • If you’re displaying your roses in a room that tends to be hot and stuffy, position them where they can receive some airflow, such as next to a main entrance, open window, or air conditioning vent.
  5. Display your flowers away from fruits and vegetables. As produce ages, it gives off ethylene, a gaseous compound that causes it to ripen. If your roses are too close, it’s possible for the ethylene in the surrounding air to have the same effect on them. For this reason, it’s best to choose either a fruit bowl or vase of fresh-cut roses for your centerpiece, not both.[7]
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    • Whenever possible, store produce and other fresh food items in the refrigerator.
    • On the flipside, keeping your roses near your fruits and veggies will encourage them to bloom faster if they were cut while slightly immature.
  6. Cut your roses early in the day. The countdown on the lifespan of your roses begins when you remove them from the growing plant. So as not to waste a minute, gather your display flowers in the morning while they’re still fully hydrated. The warmer it gets outside, the more valuable moisture they’ll lose.[8]
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    • If you absolutely insist on cutting your roses in the afternoon or evening, do it immediately after watering to give them the best chance of survival.
    • Pass over any roses at the florist or supermarket that appear limp or droopy. There’s a good chance these flowers weren’t well-hydrated at the time they were cut.[9]
  7. Change the water in your vase every 1-3 days. A good rule of thumb is to replace the water as soon as it starts to look cloudy, regardless of how long its been. Refilling your display container regularly prevents bacteria from building up and ensures that your roses have a ready supply of fresh water to draw from. It also keeps the entire arrangement smelling pleasant.[10]
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    • Don’t forget to add a little sugar to the new water.
    • If necessary, top off the water level between replacements so that it reaches at least halfway up the stems.[11]
  8. Trim from the stems every time you refill your vase. Use a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears or blade to cut the stems diagonally. An angled cut increases the amount of surface area in contact with the water. As a result, your thirsty roses will be better able to drink their fill.[12]
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    • It’s important that each cut you make be clean and precise. Handling your roses with a dull blade can mash the stems, making it harder for moisture to pass through the damaged cells.[13]
    • Frequent trimmings alone can often help cut roses hold on for an extra week or more.

EditTending the Roses in Your Garden

  1. Plant your roses in a patch of well-drained soil. Loose, crumbly soils do a better job of allowing water to pass through, which means your roses won’t be in danger of rotting or becoming oversaturated. This is essential for helping your roses thrive, as they require much more moisture than other types of flowers. After watering your roses, you should notice the soil beginning to dry out in a matter of hours.[14]
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    • Most varieties of roses prefer a soil with a pH between 5.5-7. You can test the pH of your soil using a home soil testing kit, which are typically available at gardening centers, greenhouses, and plant nurseries.[15]
    • If you live somewhere with wet, soggy conditions year-round, consider mixing one-third sand or gravel into your growing soil to improve drainage.
  2. Enhance your growing soil with organic amendments. Spread of a natural material like garden compost, cow or mushroom manure, or peat moss over your soil during the spring and summer when the most growth occurs. These additives are full of nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients that roses need to grow healthy and vibrant.[16]
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    • Following the first growing season, continue feeding your roses regularly every 1-2 months.
    • Consult with a horticultural specialist at your local gardening center or greenhouse to find out what amendments will be most beneficial for the species of roses you’re cultivating.
  3. Mulch around your roses to help them retain moisture. Apply a layer of mulch thick over the entire bed, leaving around the base of the plants exposed for ventilation. Any type of packaged commercial mulch will do just fine, or you can spend some time shopping around for mixtures that have been formulated specifically for use on roses.[17]
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    • For a thriftier approach, try recycling garden waste like leaves, wood chips, grass clippings, or even small stones into useful mulch.
    • Be prepared to lay down new mulch once a year in the spring, or whenever the original layer becomes thinner than about .[18]
  4. Water your roses 1-2 times a day. The exact amount of water they’ll need depends largely on their species and size (as well as unique soil conditions). Your best bet is to wet the soil thoroughly without oversaturating it, then perform a touch test between waterings. When it feels dry, it’s time to give them another drink.[19]
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    • Keep in mind that roses in containers will dry out more rapidly than those in the ground, which means they’ll need to be watered more frequently.
    • Roses are thirsty plants, but care should be taken not to overwater them. Excessive moisture could lead to complications like wilting, blights, or root rot that can easily kill off an otherwise healthy plant.[20]
  5. Deadhead spent blooms to stimulate new growth. When you notice an older flower that’s begun to droop or lose petals, use a pair of shears to snip the stem back to the first cluster of 5 leaves. Removing dead and dying flowers as soon as you come across them is one of the best ways to keep your roses alive and alluring.[21]
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    • Before you do any serious pruning, pull on a pair of elbow-length gloves to protect your hands and arms from wayward thorns.[22]
    • Don’t hesitate to also trim any leaves, stems, or offshoots that appear unhealthy while you’re at it.
    • It’s good practice to inspect your rose plants about twice a week during the flowering season to check for failing blooms.
  6. Treat your roses at the first sign of disease. When roses get sick, they invest their energy into fighting off the cause of the disease rather than growing and reproducing. Monitor your roses to look for warning signs like dropped petals, wilting, and discoloration. After cutting back any diseased or decaying foliage, spray the plants with an appropriate chemical or herbal fungicide to prevent any further damage.[23]
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    • Lingering moisture is an invitation to harmful bacteria and fungi. You can do your part to prevent disease by planting your roses where they can receive plenty of direct sunlight and allowing them to dry out completely between waterings.
    • Common diseases that affect roses include blight, rust, and black spot. These ailments are often accompanied by visible symptoms such as pustules or dark spots or growths on the underside of the leaves.[24]
  7. Prune your roses during their dormant period. The best time to spruce your roses is in later winter or early spring, just before they begin to explode with new blooms. Trim dead wood and older canes down to the greenish-white pith underneath, and don’t hesitate to remove more growth than you might think necessary. It’s typically safe to cut roses back by a third or even half of their original size.[25]
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    • Like deadheading, pruning serves to remove failing sections of the plant so that new growth can flourish.
    • Strategic manicuring also gives you the opportunity to fine-tune the shape and appearance of your rose bushes.[26]

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EditTips

  • With proper care and attention, it’s possible for cut roses to last up to 2 weeks, and for rose bushes to go on returning and filling out season after season.
  • Always move or cover your roses (using a frost cloth, padded blanket, or scrap of thick fabric) whenever necessary to insulate them from freezing temperatures, whether they’re indoors or outdoors.
  • If you’re raising multiple rose bushes, leave a few feet of space between them to keep pests and diseases from migrating from one to the next.
  • Whenever possible, avoid planting a new rose bush where an old one has been planted previously. Reusing beds can slow the growth of new plants and make it more likely for common diseases to be spread through the soil.

EditThings You’ll Need

Cut Roses

  • Clean vase
  • Fresh water
  • Pruning shears or sharp blade
  • Sugar

Garden Roses

  • Well-drained growing soil
  • Organic amendment materials
  • Mulch
  • Water
  • Shears and other tools for pruning
  • Chemical or herbal fungicides

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EditQuick Summary

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