How to make rainbow roses: a step-by-step guide
May 30, 2015 /LGBT News/ Staining roses with dyes is a common practice to obtain flower colors that are not available in nature, as in the case of blue roses, the most common and first color to be used. However Rainbow Roses are most unusual because the petals of the same flower display various colors. The technique for producing Rainbow Roses was developed by Peter van de Werken from River Roses, a flower company located in Holland.
Here is how you can also make a rainbow rose:
1. Start off with a white rose with 8-9 inches stem.
2. Choose some water soluble colors. They should be much different from each other with high contrast value.
3. Collect cups/glasses filled with water for each color. Add color to the water and steer well. Add drops of color until the water becomes totally opaque.
4. Split the stem into several equal channels. Use a knife or sharp blade to cut lengthwise up to 6 inches.
5. Dip each channel in a different dye.
6. Wait for 24 hours and see the magic. The colors will move upwards through the xylem to the petals, and resultant rose will have all the colors in it.
7. Take the rose out and bind the split ends using adhesive tapes.
The same method can be applied to other flowers especially to Chrysanthemum and Hydrangea.
Do not choose a red or pink rose to color.
Colors should be water soluble.
Colors should be blended very well with the water. Mix it well.
The process of splitting should be done carefully.
Do not keep it in direct sunlight. The rose will dry.