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   morethanpretty  Saturday Mar 19 08:01 AM

Mar 19, 2011: It is spring: DIY rainbow roses!

I do not have a garden, or a green thumb, but for those of you who are so talented here is one special idea for this year.

In 2004, two dutch companies, River Flowers and F.J. Zandbergen, experimented and successfully grew a rose that had its petals rainbow colored. As petals get their nourishment through stem, the idea is to split the stem into several channels and dip each one in a different colored water. This way all the colors will be drawn by the stem into petals and resultant rose will have all the colors in it. The same method can be applied to other flowers especially to Chrysanthemum and Hydrangea. You can use the same idea to color any flower, anyway you like.

Sundae  Saturday Mar 19 08:07 AM

Oh wow - gorgeous.
I certainly couldn't be bothered to grow them, but if I have won the 90m Euromillions rollover this weekend I will certainly make sure I have a vase of them in my house.

Trilby  Saturday Mar 19 08:37 AM

Grateful Dead Head Roses!

Me likey!

casimendocina  Saturday Mar 19 10:39 AM


monster  Saturday Mar 19 04:01 PM

Horrible. Clever, but an abomination.

Gravdigr  Saturday Mar 19 05:28 PM

As petals get their nourishment through stem, the idea is to split the stem into several channels and dip each one in a different colored water.
Haven't we been doing this on the kitchen table since we were eight?

ETA: Still makes for purty pictures...

Cloud  Saturday Mar 19 06:13 PM

beautiful! I want a framed photo

skysidhe  Saturday Mar 19 07:06 PM

I think it is beautiful too. It can't be any more difficult than coloring easter eggs. Probably.

wolf  Saturday Mar 19 07:39 PM

I've done that single-color only, to daisies and celery.

I think every American Kid does the celery thing when learning about capillary action.

What I would like to know is how they got the colors so vibrant ... I'm used to them coming up paler. I guess it's a higher concentration of the dye, but man. that's saturated.

I assume they're staring with white roses.

What I'm not getting is how they do that without killing the rose ... article says it's done while they are growing.

Adak  Sunday Mar 20 04:28 AM

I assume they're staring with white roses.
Oh yeah! Staring at red roses too long, is bad for the eyes.

SPUCK  Monday Mar 21 04:29 AM

Yep the cellary!

No wait! Weren't these roses from the side of the road near an underpass?

Pete Zicato  Monday Mar 21 10:12 AM

Seemed like a nice desktop wallpaper except for the size.

google images turns up larger versions.

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