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How to make Rainbow Roses: a Step by Step Guide

Updated on April 23, 2016
Beautiful Rainbow Roses
Beautiful Rainbow Roses

What is a Rainbow Rose ?

Rainbow Roses are the multi colored roses which are not artificial. You shall not believe your eyes after looking at these gorgeous looking flowers. Do you not think that these Roses are perfect for giving as gifts?

Now everybody will wonder how they did it. Most people will think that it is something like genetic engineering or cross- breeding thing. Some may hope to get a sibling and plant it in their own small gardens. No, you are in bad luck. It is not possible yet to grow rainbow roses in your gardens. There is a technique behind those colors.

Beautiful Rainbow Roses

Rainbow Roses can bring smile...
Rainbow Roses can bring smile...

How to make a Rainbow Rose?

It is a simple process but the results are magnificent. You can do this by using transportation system of vascular plants. The xylem tubes of the roses stem sucks water and send it to the top end, to the leaves and the petals of the flowers. If the stem of a rose is submerged in colored water, it will pump the colored water to the flower. From the petals the water is evaporated but the color particles remain there. In this way the colors will be stored in the petals. As the outer layer of the petals of a white rose is transparent it will show this particular color. Do you get the physics (and botany too) behind?

Multi-Colored Roses

Now how to make a single flower multi colored? If you dip the stem in different colors one by the colors will be mixed. You shall not get different petals with different colors. The solution of the problem is splitting. If you split the end part of the rose’s stem and submerge in different colors you shall get a multicolored rainbow rose.

Here is a step by step guide to make your own Rainbow Roses.

Step by Step Process Guide

STEP 1: Cut a perfect white rose from your garden with 8-9inches stem or buy such.

STEP2: You need to have water soluble colors. Choose four colors. Colors should be much different from each other with high contrast value. Do not choose both blue and indigo but replace one with violet. In the same way do not choose both orange and red. I shall suggest these combinations: RED-BLUE-GREEN-YELLOW, VIOLET-RED-BLUE-YELLOW or YELLOW-PURPLE-GREY-BLUE.

STEP3: Collect four cups or glasses filled with water. Add color to the water and steer well. Add drops of color until the water becomes totally opaque. Four cups will contain four different color solutions.

Split the Stem of the Rose
Split the Stem of the Rose | Source

STEP4: Split the end part of the severed stem. Use a knife or sharp blade to cut lengthwise up to 6 inches.

STEP5: The four ends of the split stem is now should be dipped into four color cups. It should stand erect. Otherwise give support to it.

STEP6: Wait for 24 hours and see the magic. Look at the transformation of your simple white rose! Now take it out. After that bind the split ends using adhesive tapes.

Excuse my poor art
Excuse my poor art
Do not blame my art !
Do not blame my art ! | Source

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Points to be Noted

Take care of these to not to end in failure!

  • 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. Watch out for your fingers.
  • Do not keep it in direct sunlight. The rose will be dried and the petals will be dropped with the slightest touch.

In this way you can produce colorful Rainbow Roses as many as you like. Give to your friends and loved one and do not forget to notice the surprise in their faces. I am wishing best of luck to you all.

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What do you think?

What is your opinion about this process? Do you have any similar tutorial for the world to learn? If yes, then feel free to share with me and the others. If you have enjoyed this hub then feel free to share it with your mates.

We are overwhelmed by your responses. We are grateful to you for sharing our photos in Pinterest and facebook. Thousands of readers have voted in the polls. An interesting info for you, according to the 2nd poll, 54% people like the color blue in Rainbow Roses.

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      Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

      Great idea. I know that it is possible to color a rose by painting the water. But I have never came to an idea to color it in 4 colors. Thank you for great tips.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      This is so cool! I have to try it. Thanks for sharing the information, and I liked your drawings. Simple, and to the point. Voted UP!

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Yes this idea is great. You can also use 3 colors and the natural white of the rose will be the forth. @ Silwen

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Cloverkyaffarm let us know the result of your try. Thank you very much for praising my drawing..lol.

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Thank you very much for facebook likes.

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      Cymbelline 5 years ago from Cebu City, Philippines

      Wow, it's my first time to see these rainbow roses. My first instance in this kind of craft is when I experimented it with a red rose and used blue food coloring. Nice hub! I'll definitely give it a try :)

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Cymbeline I hope you shall get success in making some gorgeous rainbow roses.Anyway thank you very much for adding your valuable comment.

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      Beatrice xxx 5 years ago from Co. Cork, Ireland

      It is fantastiv, it's the firs time I see this and I might as well give it a try :) thx

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Beatrice xxx I hope your success in the process. Anyway, thanks for your valuable comment.

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      Beatrice xxx 5 years ago from Co. Cork, Ireland

      I bought the roses already :)

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      Tori 4 years ago

      Will food coloring work? Not sure what to use for the dye...

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Food color would be best @ Tori. This type of colors have no toxic or harmful chemicals.

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      home girls 4 years ago

      Hey we have a project due and we are going to try it with different flowers lol luv you home boy ;)

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      home girl 4 years ago

      Do u think our project will work :)

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Go on home girls

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Oh send me a picture of your picture after being successful ....

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      Kitten 4 years ago

      How long does it take for the magic to happen?(:

      Maybe days...

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      Kitten 4 years ago

      Oh! Never mind. I just reread and saw 24 hours.

      I can't wait!!!

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      Gelia 4 years ago

      Trying this right now with a white peony. It's been about 2 or 3 hours and I'm starting to see results. Blue and green tips on all the petals. I'm excited to see how it will look tomorrow :)

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Gelia if you email me the photo of your flowers after coloring it will be published here . pinappu@gmail.com

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      mikadamianuts 4 years ago

      Wow!! It's so adorable!! :)

      --Please follow me :)

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      guest 4 years ago

      if you place the red cup and the blue cup by each other does purple show up in the petals

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      You can experiment to get different colors.

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      PuppyLover21 4 years ago

      The roses I got had tiny stems so I could only cut it in half so would it work with 2 colors?

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Yes @puppylover

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      PupperLover21 4 years ago

      okay thanks!

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      M Adams-Clayton 4 years ago

      FANTASTIC Hub! Thanks for the 411...

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      yellowBaba 4 years ago

      okay so i get the whole process but i can't get the cutting part down! 2 parts are always big and then parts are really tinny, so my rose ends up being just 2 colors with the tips the other colors. How do you get them to be even?

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      M adams thank you very much.

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Yellow baba it is the most difficult part of making Rainbow Rose. Thin stems are tough to split in four so try to collect rose with thicker stems.

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      YellowBaba 4 years ago

      do you recommend cutting it long ways or up the stem?

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      lydia 4 years ago

      cool I did not know that a flower could do that.

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      Bom 4 years ago

      I wunder why some people would give 80$ and more fir a rose, you can make your self! The rainbow rose company sell these magical roses for around 80$ for 6 roses....you can make 12 a third of that praise yourself, and get the same result!

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      Desperate 4 years ago

      I've been trying this for weeks, but can't get the roses to take the color completely, it only becomes partially colored.

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Try to use deep concentration of food color, take your time, use white rose and see.

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      kutch 4 years ago

      what a load of pish

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      amman 4 years ago

      can we plant them in gardens..........plz reply...

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      I love this! My kids love to color flowers with colored water, but we never knew you could slice the stem and make a rainbow rose. We can't wait to try it! Great hub!

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Do it SmartAndFun and you may email photo of the result if you like.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very pretty. We use to color white flowers but only with one color. This looks like fun. I will have to try it. Voted Up and Beautiful.

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot moonlake. It is really fun to make rainbow roses.

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      talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I wasn't aware of rainbow roses until I read this Hub! I think that I'll buy some white roses and water-based food coloring and get to it!

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Hey talfonso let me know if you succeed. I am obliged for your stopping by and saying a things or two.

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      gaurav jaiswal 4 years ago

      hey thanks for the idea..but can u say what colour to use..can water colour be used..please suggest me the name of the color n brand for the best..n than ill surely email you my work

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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

      I think colored roses are so pretty! I didn't realize it was so easy, I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Kalux do it and let us know.

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      amman hussain 4 years ago

      hey pinnapu can we plant these roses in a pot after flower gets it rain bow colour................please reply me soon........................

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      What do you mean @ amman hussain? These Rainbow roses are not natural.

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      joannegabriel88@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      What a wonderful Site! It's so cool- my friend and I were admiring the "rainbow rose" that he had brought me the day before,,typed it into the computer....Voila! an excellent turtorial and the lovliness of sharing your talents.... J.G.

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      Charlie 4 years ago

      Success, amazing hub!! My teacher gave me an a+ for creativity! Thanks so so much :)

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Thank you very much joannegabriel for your kind comment.

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      I love to hear that you have got success in making a rainbow rose @charlie

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      hello guys like my page and share it to ur frnds... :)

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      Gordon 4 years ago

      Whoa this is amazing! My girlfriend is in love with this, I am so going to try it. Can regular dye achieve such purpose though?

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      The dye should blend well with the water @Gordon.

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      awhitson 4 years ago

      Make sure ur stems are dry itvwill soak up faster im a florist

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Yes, A Whitson is right. A dry rose stem will draw colored water more quickly and you shall get your rainbow roses faster.

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      amman hussain 4 years ago

      thanks pinnapu for that kind comment........

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      mantasha 4 years ago

      Rainbow roses are ausumn.............

      i luv these roses

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      penis luvr 4 years ago

      I just love theeeese roses. They make me all tingly inside and I just want to luv your 8========D

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      Jermey Symons 4 years ago

      These are some wonderful looking flowers. I want to do this also! My wife and children will just adore these beautiful flowers! Thanks for the how to.

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      duke 4 years ago

      actually the main process to achieve good rainbow roses is while growing them and injecting dyes thru its stem,.like "happy roses" grows theirs,. it takes a week before the colors shows but it look much better and vibrant although it takes a lot of time and effort to grow a bush of longstemed roses,.

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      Clara 4 years ago

      Tried it. So far has been 20 hours & the only think that's happened is it's tinted blue a lil bit :/ disappointed

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      DeZz 3 years ago

      So pretty, they are!!! : )

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Never heard of this but this is out of this world beautiful. Voted up and more. Thanks for the inspiration! Awesome!

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      pinappu 3 years ago from India

      Thank you very much FlourishAnyway for your kind and encouraging words.

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      farooq ahmad 3 years ago

      what a charming roses

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      RGS 3 years ago

      Can I cut off the split end after coloring instead of taping it?

      Oh, and talking about the seeds for which I see eBay ad here - as far as I've read it is not possible to GROW rainbow roses, just to make them. Was that wrong?

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      MB 3 years ago

      How long does the colouring last if it were to be put in a vase of normal water afterwards?

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      Zhoorry 3 years ago

      intrested

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      Gemma 3 years ago

      It was ok

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      n8 3 years ago

      What about a black rose? Same process? There is black food coloring? What else can i use?

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      Aussie Val 3 years ago

      I bought some rainbow roses to cheer my ill daughter up then just had to know how it was done, what a quality article thankyou

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      markeya and tessa 3 years ago

      They are pretty

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      nefario 3 years ago

      Hi, so I was planning on making these, but not necessarily with roses as they tend not to last as long. Do you know if there are any other white flowers that can be altered for color this easily? I'm not a big flower buff, but I know carnations are usually a safe bet for lasting longer in a vase.

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      failed 3 years ago

      I tried this and wasted all the Roses. The colour did not appear uniformly but was blotchy and speckled despite leaving it for days. The Roses also started looking shriveled. Not happy

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      Jerry 3 years ago

      Looking forward to trying this....funny thing is when you go to ali.com they sell the seeds for the muti-colored roses! haha...I think it is a scam.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      so colourful pin

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      Ginger 2 years ago

      Hi I want to do this for my science fair but what if I use a red rose instead of a white rose

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      Ginger 2 years ago

      Plz give an answer cause my science fairs in a week

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      Ginger 2 years ago

      I tried it and it worked perfectly

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      Ginger 2 years ago

      I did the experiment and it worked nicely but the colors mixed

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      Greenstone 2 years ago

      this is awesome!!!! I've been obsessed with these roses for years!!! Thank you sooo much for great tips and presentation!!!! I'm so doing this!

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      madilou 2 years ago

      I would suggest showing pictures of each of your color pallet choices so we know how they turn out. I love several of them, but don't know which colors great which roses.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      This is really also a fun science project to do with kids. I did it with my granddaughter, of course only using one rose as they are expensive, and she loved it.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for the instructions. My mother received a dozen of these beautiful roses. I spent the following 2 weeks trying to figure out how they made them SO beautiful. I will try this as soon as I can find some white roses and share them with others. Thanks in advance for the smiles that I will no doubt see.

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      Nimblepins 2 years ago

      I had no idea you could do this. It's amazing - the roses are incredible. Thanks for showing us how to do this.

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      peter musau 2 years ago

      Wow!! Nice. Thanx

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      HIMASAGAR 2 years ago

      what colors can i use and where can i buy them?

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Beautiful hub. That's a clever idea. Voted up!

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      blip 22 months ago

      thank u for your help on how to make rainbow roses

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      BOB THE BUILDER 22 months ago

      THANK U FOR YOUR HELP I LOVE RAINBOW ROSES AND LOVE DONIG EXPERIMENTS

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      shyla 20 months ago

      Can you do this with carnations? S

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      l.J. 13 months ago

      Do I put them back in regular water after?

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      Kittykat 10 months ago

      This is awesom!!!!!!!!!I can't wait to try it out!!!!

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      dash 10 months ago

      Wow, it's my first time to see these rainbow roses. My first instance in this kind of craft is when I experimented it with a red rose and used blue food coloring. Nice hub! I'll definitely give it a try :)

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      Lynne 4 months ago

      What a wonderful gift idea. Thanks for the pictures,drawings and ideas.

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      Gabi 2 months ago

      Does it have to be white to work

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