Are Rainbow Roses Real?

The Rainbow Rose, also referred to as Tye-Dye, Happy, or Kaleidoscope Rose, is a real rose in which the petals have been artificially colored to look like a rainbow. The idea behind this multi-colored rose came from a man named Peter van de Werken, a flower grower from the Netherlands. He experimented with natural dyes to change the color of roses, resulting in the Rainbow Rose. Since 2005, millions of Rainbows Roses have been sold. 


Rainbow Roses are usually white or cream colored roses that have been artificially dyed through the intake of colored water. The most popular combination of colors are pink, blue, orange, yellow, purple, and green hues. Because it is unnaturally colored, Rainbow Roses will only last a week in a vase. Rainbow Roses have not been cross-bred or genetically engineered, so it is impossible to grow Rainbow Roses naturally from seeds or bulbs. Be cautious of sites trying to sell you fake plants or seeds such as Rare Holland Rainbow Rose seeds. 

Meaning Behind a Rainbow Rose

Roses are known for sending messages based on the color of petals in the bouquet. With a Rainbow Rose, you can send multiple messages at once.

Pink - grace and elegance
Blue - mystery and intrigue
Orange - enthusiasm and passion.
Yellow - friendship and cheer
Purple - royalty
Green - constant rejuvenation of spirit

If you have heard of the phrase, “rainbows and unicorns,” then someone is referring to a life of happiness, color, and perfection. Because Rainbow Roses send the message of happiness and joy, placing an order for Unicorn Roses (Rainbow Roses) often happens to celebrate happy events such as anniversaries, birthdays, or a new bundle of joy. Adding a sprinkle of glitter adds an even more whimsical touch.


How to Make a Rainbow Rose

Purchasing a bouquet of Rainbow Roses is an easy way to send cheer to a loved one, but did you know that you make your own Rainbow Rose at home? It is an easy DIY activity to do with the whole family.

Step 1 - Purchase your roses.
A white or cream colored rose is the best.

Step 2 - Divide the stem of the rose
Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the stem lengthwise into 4 sections. The slice should begin one inch from the base of the petals. Four sections means four different colors of dye.

Step 3 - Prepare the Dye
Fill 4 narrow sturdy containers with water and 4 different colors of food coloring. The more food coloring in the water, the darker the petal color.

Step 4 - Insert each stem into a different dye color.
With the 4 containers close together, gently place each stem into a dye container. As the flower absorbs water, the petals will begin to change colors. Leave the stems in the dye for 12-24 hours.

Follow the same steps to create Black Rainbow Roses. The only difference is that it is best to use white roses only. Place one stem section in black dye, the other 3 in colors of your choice.

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Author Chris Link - Published 05-28-2021