Let’s say you’ve got some natural white flowers (or any other colour) and you need to change the colour of the flowers, for one reason or the other. Natural flowers, not artificial ones made out of cloth. How do you do it? Paint? Polish?
No. You can change the colour of flowers naturally. It’s actually very simple.
Just get a glass or flower vase half-filled with water and dissolve some edible food colouring in it. Other types of dye could work but you’re going to get the flower to “drink” the coloured water, so it’ll be wise to avoid any dyes that could contain harmful chemicals; just stick to food colour.
So you’re just going to put the flower’s stem in the water, wait and watch capillary action do the work.
But not so fast. Before that, get a pair of scissors or a small knife and reduce the length of your flower’s stem by cutting off some of the lower end.
Make the fresh cut at an angle, then put the flower stem into the dyed water immediately. You need to do this or the dying process might not work.
The reason is that the stem’s capillaries need to be filled with water quickly before air enters them. If air gets inside the stem, the dyed water could have difficulty moving up. Some florists go the long haul to actually cut the stem while it’s already inside water.
When you’re done setting the flower stems in the coloured water, watch and wait. Some flowers can take as long as 24 hours before you notice the changing colour as it absorbs the coloured water. Be patient.
If you don’t notice even a slight colour change after about 22 hours, then it’s probably not working and you need to cut the stem or try a different a flower.
But if it works for you, you can try and let your imaginations run a bit. Get two colours, get a flower and slice the stem longitudinally. Put the two halves of the stem in two different coloured glasses. When the process is complete, you’ll have a flower with two distinctly coloured halves.
And if your imaginations are still wilder, take a flower, make two longitudinal cuts this time, at 90 degrees to each other, to divide the stem into four pieces. Put each piece in one colour. Red, yellow, blue and purple would make a good combination.
You should get something lovely like this when it’s done. And when it’s done, be sure not to keep calm over your rainbow flowers. They’re not made out of fabric after all.