The Roses I bought exactly one week ago.
Two bunches, £1 per bunch, didn't look like would survive!
The secret is to strip all the leaves off.
Rose leaves are parasites on cut roses, that is why the heads
curl over and droop, the leaves take all the water that is
being sucked up the stems
I have to confess I did leave a few leaves on.
Not the large leaves but the new shoots that were
growing from the leaf joints.
These were trimmed both ends and just put in water.
Either the leaves will get bigger or they will die.
When the cuttings look strong enough pot on into soil
and just see if they grow.
Sometimes it is successful, and sometimes it fails but fun trying
(See 9th August 2008 - under heading "gardening")
These bits are for the compost!