Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to “custom color” your own fresh flowers

While many flowers in a beautiful array of colors are available at the market at very competitive prices, if you’re feeling playful and would like to experiment, you can make your own colored blooms. 


Custom coloring your own flowers is easy and not as intimidating as you think. (Firstly, you don’t need to be an expert gardener or have a green thumb.) In fact, you can do this activity with your children on a lazy Sunday afternoon. While at it, you can even sneak in a little science lesson about the process of transpiration, or how flowers absorb and use water. 


Here’s how to color your own flowers at home. 


1. Purchase a bouquet of any white flower variants. Opt for flowers that absorb water well like carnations, roses and daisies. 


2. When looking for the perfect specimens, choose flowers whose petals have not yet wilted or buds that have yet to bloom. You can make several colored batches with one bouquet.


3. Trim the stems at an angle so that they can easily absorb water. 


4. In different vases filled ¾ with warm water (cold water will take longer to be absorbed), add a few drops of food coloring of your choice. Have fun and experiment making different hues. 


5. Once you have your water and the food coloring mixtures set, submerge the flowers in the vase (they must be below the water line) and allow them to absorb the colored water. Depending on the type of blooms, you can see color begin to seep through the petals in as little as four hours. The longer the flowers stay in the water, the better the color. Watch the colors change over time.  


6. To make your flowers last a little bit longer, add a few drops of bleach or plant preservatives of your choice. 



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