How to Make Rainbow Roses
Where the Rainbow Rose Originates from:
River Flowers, Netherlands
What is a Rainbow Rose?
First looking at this you probably think these weird and magical blooms are artificial, but no! These are purely natural Rainbow Roses, which have been bred to grow this way! Well, almost so. Yeah, they have been messed with, but not in a way you might be guessing, such as cross-pollination or gene splicing.
The secret to get a Rainbow Rose is hidden behind splitting the stem of the rose, or any other flower, into several parts and putting each of the parts into different colored water, as flowers get the nourishment through their seams. The same can be done also by injecting the natural pigments into the stem, through which the water travels to the petals and they get these beautiful colors. These colors are produced from natural plant extracts and added to water, the amount of which is regulated in order to control the intensity of the colors. This is done merely for aesthetic purposes.
Colored Roses and Seeds
When was the Rainbow Rose Discovered?
This method was originally discovered by Peter Van de Werken and was first tried in 2004 by two Dutch companies, River Flowers and F.J. Zandbergen. It seems somehow easy, but actually it took them six months to refine the coloring process and even now mistakes still happen.
Amazing, hah? And yes, you can also do this!
(This technique can also be applied to other types of cut flowers, such as Chrysanthemum, Carnation and Hydrangea, as well as some species of orchids).
You Can Also Order Rainbow Roses
Rainbow Roses look great on cakes!
How to Make a Rainbow Rose
Did you like it? I did! So go ahead and make one. However, if you wish to get the Rainbow Rose ready from a flower shop, be ready to be set back over $30 just for a single one. The roses are now available in UK, Japan and many other countries.
Here are a few steps to help you color roses at home:
Step 1. Get some white long stem rose.
Step 2. Split the last 6 inches of the stem in 4 parts lengthwise with utility knife.
Step 3. Mix 15-30 drops of food coloring with water (you should use water based food coloring, as oil based coloring won’t work). Put a different color in each cup and make sure that the color is very dark.
Step 4. Dip each part of the stem into each cup of colored water. The rose should be able to stand on its own. If it doesn't cut the stem a little more. Your roses will be colored in 24-48 hours. After that, take them out of the water and wrap the split stem with floral tape.
Here you go! This is all you need to do to get these gorgeous Rainbow Roses, which can be the most unique gift for your friends and loved ones on any occasion. And what is more important, no one can help admiring your efforts and creativity. Hey! Make sure to share the results!