Flower – Rainbow Roses

This rose caught my attention because of its beautiful magickal appearance. Granted it is a man-made variety and at this time I good not find a definitive spiritual meaning for it. To me this rose represents hope and good days ahead.


How to Make a Fresh Rainbow Rose Bouquet from thespruce.com

The technique florists use to turn roses into a rainbow. This article has a video with it.

Place Roses Into the Dye

Each color dye will go into its own narrow container, such as bud vases or test tubes. Place sections of each stem into the different containers. Be gentle when bending the stem sections apart as you place them into separate containers. Try not to leave them exposed to air and drying out for more than a few minutes.

You could also use plastic bags filled with dye and attach one to each stem section with rubber bands. That way you can stand roses up in a single larger container. That will minimize the bending of the cut stem sections.


For more vivid colors, use professional floral dyes instead of food coloring. These can be purchased online or from a floral supply company.


Store Roses Away From Sun

Leave each stem section in the dye mixture for several days.

Place the roses out of direct sunlight while they are absorbing the dye. The cut flowers are already under stress, and extreme heat or light will weaken them further.

Keep Roses Hydrated

Now be patient. You may notice the petals changing color within a couple of hours, but leaving them in the dye for up to a week will result in the most dramatic colors. Make sure the roses are not left sitting in dry containers once the water/dye solution is all absorbed.

Finish Trimming the Stems

Once the desired effect is obtained, you can cut off the split section of the stems and place your roses in a vase of fresh, room-temperature water and enjoy.


How to Make a Rainbow Rose from thoughtco.com

A Real Rose With Petals the Colors of the Rainbow

How Real Rainbow Roses Work

The “rainbow rose” was developed by Peter van de Werken, the owner of a Dutch flower company. While special roses are used, the plants are not bred to produce rich colors. Actually, the rose bush would ordinarily produce white roses, but the stems of the flowers are injected over time with dyes so that petals form in bright single colors. If the flower isn’t treated as it is growing, the blooms are white, not ​rainbow. While the rainbow is a special version of the technique, other color patterns are also possible.

It’s not a science trick you can achieve quite so well with your home rose bush, at least not without a lot of experimentation and expense, because most pigment molecules are either too large to migrate into the petals or else too toxic for the rose to flower. Special proprietary organic dyes said to be made from plant extracts are used to color the roses.

Making Rainbow Roses at Home

While you can’t duplicate the exact effect, you can get a lighter version of a rainbow using a white rose and food coloring. The rainbow effect is much easier to achieve with white or light-colored flowers that aren’t as woody as a rose. Good examples to try at home include carnations and daisies. If it has to be a rose, you can do the same project, but expect it to take longer.

  1. Start with a white rose. It’s best if it is a rosebud because the effect relies on capillary action, transpiration, and diffusion in the flower, which takes some time.
  2. Trim the stem of the rose so that it is not extremely long. It takes more time for the color to travel up a longer stem.
  3. Carefully split the base of the stem into three sections. Make the cuts lengthwise up the stem 1-3 inches. Why three sections? The cut stem is fragile and likely to break if you cut it into more parts. You can use color science to achieve the full rainbow using three colors—red, blue, yellow or yellow, cyan, magenta—depending on what dyes you have available.
  4. Carefully bend the cut sections slightly away from each other. Now, one way to apply the dyes would be to bend the stems into three contains (e.g., shot glasses), each containing a single color of dye and a bit of water, but this is hard to accomplish without breaking the stems. An easier method is to use 3 small plastic baggies, 3 rubber bands, and one tall glass to hold the flower upright.
  5. Into each bag, add a small amount of water and several (10-20) drops of one color of dye. Ease a section of the stem into the bag so that it is immersed in the dyed water, and secure the bag around the stem with a rubber band. Repeat the process with the other two bags and colors. Stand the flower in a glass. Check to make sure each stem section is immersed in the liquid since the flower needs water to live.
  6. You may start to see color in the petals as quickly as half an hour, but expect to let the rose soak up dye overnight or possibly for a couple of days. The petals will be the three colors, plus the mixed colors, for petals receiving water from two parts of the stem at once. This way, you’ll get the whole rainbow.
  7. Once the flower is colored, you can trim off the cut section of stem and keep it in fresh water or a homemade flower food solution.

Helpful Tips

  • Flowers take up warm water more quickly than cold water.
  • Keep the rose away from light and heat, since these can cause it to wilt and die too quickly.
  • If you want to try injecting flowers with natural colors, learn about natural pigments you can use.

SOURCE: Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. “How to Make a Rainbow Rose.” ThoughtCo, Sep. 8, 2021, thoughtco.com/how-to-make-a-rainbow-rose-606168.