Carnations, roses, daisies and other long-stemmed flowers, when displayed in vases, make cheerful centerpieces for cafes and restaurants but unfortunately they come in a limited range of colors. If you'd like to include green, blue or other unusually colored flowers in a holiday display, you can dye white flowers with food coloring. When you place plant stems in a dyed solution, capillary action pulls the colored water up, which in turn tints the flower petals. Non-toxic food dye is completely safe for plants.
Things You'll Need
White daisy, rose or carnation
Vase or floral tube
Cut the flower stem at a 45-degree angle with floral shears or sharp scissors.
Pour 1 cup of warm water in a vase or floral tube. Add 20 to 30 drops of food coloring to the water.
Insert the flower stem into the water as you would normally. Within a day, the flower will change to the color of the dye.
You can place more than one flower in a vase of colored water, but only use one dye per vase.
Transfer the dyed flower to a vase of clear water for a cleaner display.
The dyed flowers will be a bit lighter than the dye solution. Add more dye for a darker shade.