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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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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: