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Blooming Colors

Do you think it’s possible to change a flower’s color?

 

 

 

…without markers or paint.

 

 

 

Sound like magic?

 

 

 

It’s actually very easy. You don’t need a magic wand or special potion or anything (In fact, grown-ups may remember this simple experiment from science class).

 

 

 

All you’ll need are white flowers (carnations are classic, but roses, daisies, and mums will also work), food coloring, vases or jars (one for each color), and water.

 

 

 

First, fill your vases with a good amount of water, then add your food coloring. You can follow a guideline of about 20 drops for every half-cup of water or just add as much as you like—keep in mind the more dye you add, the deeper the color will be. Remember you can mix colors, too! Blue and yellow make green, red and blue make purple, red and yellow make orange. Next, cut the stems of your flowers at an angle (trim at least two inches) and adjust so they fit nicely in the vases. Remove any leaves on the bottom half of the stem and place the flowers in their designated colors. You’ll start to see results within the first day.

 

 

 

White carnations with food coloring, food coloring carnations, dyeing flowers

 

Photo: Kiwi Crate

 

 

 

How do we think the flowers change color?

 

 

 

Grown-ups can set up this experiment for the sheer beauty and fun of it, or you can also use it as an opportunity to discuss with little ones how plants drink water and receive nutrients.

 

 

 

The longer the flowers stay in the tinted water, the more vibrant their colors will become. Certain colors will absorb better than others—see which ones show up the strongest!

 

 

 

White mums with food coloring, food coloring flowers, dyeing flowers

 

Photo: Dream a Little Bigger

 

 

 

Once they’ve reached the desired effect, you can transfer them all into one vase with fresh water. Just make sure to rinse the stems off thoroughly and change the water often, as the dye will definitely run a bit. Or simply rinse and dry the stems and form a beautiful bouquet for someone. This is not only a fun experiment, but also a great (and inexpensive) way to customize flower arrangements to follow a color theme for an event.

 

 

White carnations with food coloring, food coloring carnations, dyeing flowers, ombre dyed flowers

Photo: Uploaded by Pinterest User

 

 

Have you ever made your own rainbow flowers? What were your results? Or if you tried it this time, what did you observe?

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Posted by: Lzahn, on May 23rd, 2013 at 4:14pm.

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