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How to make Rainbow Roses: a Step by Step Guide

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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

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 !


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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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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Patty Pritchett on January 27, 2020:

Don't waste your time and money trying this method. Rainbow roses sold by florists are spray painted with dyes, and the person posting this (probably a troll) this just wants you to fail. You can use white artifial roses or live cut ones.

No, you cannot grow "rainbow roises" either. It's a scam to separate you from your money.

yasmina on April 11, 2018:


you said:

You need to have water soluble colors.

what is..its ink ou paint


ayla on February 17, 2018:

this was so much fun and cratuf.

Yugandhar on February 02, 2018:

Thank U for u r explanation....Tq soo much,

maurice Tyack on August 16, 2017:

very interesing what sort of water colour must be used

Sarah Sierra on May 14, 2017:

Love the rainbow roses! I have seen them once before. I do like the purple, yellow, and blue! I may drop the grey and see how much white stays put. Should be lovely!

Tamara Moore on May 11, 2017:

oooh, beautiful!

Gabi on January 16, 2017:

Does it have to be white to work

Lynne on November 21, 2016:

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

dash on May 11, 2016:

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 :)

l.J. on February 11, 2016:

Do I put them back in regular water after?

shyla on July 31, 2015:

Can you do this with carnations? S

BOB THE BUILDER on May 21, 2015:


blip on May 17, 2015:

thank u for your help on how to make rainbow roses

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 14, 2015:

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

HIMASAGAR on February 25, 2015:

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

peter musau on February 18, 2015:

Wow!! Nice. Thanx

Nimblepins on February 05, 2015:

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

Laura on December 13, 2014:

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.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on November 28, 2014:

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.

madilou on November 22, 2014:

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.

Greenstone on November 19, 2014:

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!

Ginger on June 03, 2014:

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

Ginger on June 02, 2014:

I tried it and it worked perfectly

Ginger on June 02, 2014:

Plz give an answer cause my science fairs in a week

Ginger on June 02, 2014:

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

sujaya venkatesh on March 26, 2014:

so colourful pin

Jerry on March 15, 2014:

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

failed on February 14, 2014:

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

nefario on December 06, 2013:

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.

markeya and tessa on October 20, 2013:

They are pretty

Aussie Val on October 13, 2013:

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

n8 on September 30, 2013:

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

Gemma on September 04, 2013:

It was ok

Zhoorry on July 28, 2013:


MB on June 07, 2013:

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

RGS on May 21, 2013:

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?

farooq ahmad on May 18, 2013:

what a charming roses

pinappu (author) from India on April 16, 2013:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 15, 2013:

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

DeZz on March 24, 2013:

So pretty, they are!!! : )

Clara on March 19, 2013:

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

duke on March 07, 2013:

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,.

Jermey Symons on February 22, 2013:

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.

penis luvr on February 22, 2013:

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

mantasha on November 30, 2012:

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

i luv these roses

amman hussain on September 29, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on September 28, 2012:

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

awhitson on September 27, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on September 17, 2012:

The dye should blend well with the water @Gordon.

Gordon on September 15, 2012:

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?

caressa123 on August 28, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on August 27, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on August 27, 2012:

Thank you very much joannegabriel for your kind comment.

Charlie on August 21, 2012:

Success, amazing hub!! My teacher gave me an a+ for creativity! Thanks so so much :) on August 20, 2012:

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.

pinappu (author) from India on August 17, 2012:

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

amman hussain on August 16, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on August 08, 2012:

Kalux do it and let us know.

Kalux from Canada on August 07, 2012:

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

gaurav jaiswal on July 16, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on July 10, 2012:

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

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on July 10, 2012:

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!

pinappu (author) from India on July 09, 2012:

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

moonlake from America on July 09, 2012:

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.

pinappu (author) from India on May 25, 2012:

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

SmartAndFun from Texas on May 24, 2012:

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!

amman on May 16, 2012:

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

kutch on May 14, 2012:

what a load of pish

pinappu (author) from India on May 10, 2012:

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

Desperate on May 10, 2012:

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

Bom on May 08, 2012:

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 can make 12 a third of that praise yourself, and get the same result!

lydia on May 05, 2012:

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

YellowBaba on April 28, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on April 28, 2012:

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.

pinappu (author) from India on April 28, 2012:

M adams thank you very much.

yellowBaba on April 28, 2012:

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?

M Adams-Clayton on April 25, 2012:

FANTASTIC Hub! Thanks for the 411...

PupperLover21 on April 23, 2012:

okay thanks!

pinappu (author) from India on April 23, 2012:

Yes @puppylover

PuppyLover21 on April 23, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on April 23, 2012:

You can experiment to get different colors.

guest on April 23, 2012:

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

mikadamianuts on April 19, 2012:

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

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pinappu (author) from India on April 18, 2012:

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

Gelia on April 18, 2012:

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 :)

Kitten on April 18, 2012:

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

I can't wait!!!

Kitten on April 18, 2012:

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

Maybe days...

pinappu (author) from India on April 18, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on April 18, 2012:

Go on home girls

home girl on April 17, 2012:

Do u think our project will work :)

home girls on April 17, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on April 17, 2012:

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

Tori on April 15, 2012:

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

Beatrice xxx from Co. Cork, Ireland on March 22, 2012:

I bought the roses already :)

pinappu (author) from India on March 21, 2012:

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

Beatrice xxx from Co. Cork, Ireland on March 21, 2012:

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

pinappu (author) from India on March 14, 2012:

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

Cymbelline from Cebu City, Philippines on March 14, 2012:

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 :)

pinappu (author) from India on March 13, 2012:

Thank you very much for facebook likes.

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