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How can I tint a rose black?

Heya, So I'm new here and not a green thumb at all.. I have searched for this topic here and found nothing so sorry if it has been mentioned.

I've been desperately looking for a way to get a black rose, I know now that my only solution is to tint them myself, as in South Africa there's no one that supplies them, I found a great site in USA that sells them but won't post them off to me which I understand.

Does anyone know the best steps and guide how to do this myself, online (usually you can find everything online) I've come short with a defined answer, and obviously the company that tints the roses won't tell me their secrets. :(

So maybe someone here has the know how or does it themselves and can help? Would me much appreciated. It's not for a business.. hell I know nothing about roses or plants in general.. It's for someone special that wants a black rose knowing it's impossible to get one and I'm determined to make one for her to prove a point and score one too.

Thank's for reading, hope to hear what you got to say.

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Are you talking about spraying those transparent looking floral tints or floral paints on the blooms? I have read of some people doing this but have few details to share so I will be keeping an eye on comments by others. I do remember that the other person obviously protected the stem with newspaper and had to spray twice or several times to attain the correct mix of colors. In her case, she was trying to have shades of several colors. You will need to spray your tint or tints on a surface first to see if your are on track to get the correct color. She said she had a few "accidents" while spraying though. Something dealing with a cat who suddenly jumped on the table to investigate the noise. :lol: yes, she got a two-tone kitty. I wonder if making a blooming stem absorb water that has liquid food coloring might have been easier for her.

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thanks for the reply,

there's 2 ways I've read up; one is absorbing a black dye through the stems which I can't image it making the rose much darker to a black, but also I don't know what black dye would be safe. Other is spraying.. once again what do I use to spray on?

I don't mind experimenting with to get a solution I just need the correct information to which to achieve it. hell I might even end up taking a permanent marker and colouring it in, but I'm sure that the ink will damage the petals, I don't want the thing to last a day after I've done it.

That must be spraying technique to achieve that results, can't be stem absorption.

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ohh sorry to answer your question of
those transparent looking floral tints or floral paints on the blooms
I want to achieve this result

Ohh to add, I also read up there's a way use a root dye, searching for root dye online gives me the wrong results. If I could find a dye used to change the colour of the roses then I'll be smiling.

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The spray that I saw a long time ago had a name like "just for flowers". Or maybe something like that.

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You can make your own root dye by mixing 1 part black food colouring with 5 parts water, then begin tinting your roses by simply watering with the dye intead of regular water/fert combos.

You have to start with very dark red roses though, or this doesn't work properly - lighter shades won't show up full black.

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luis_pr wrote:The spray that I saw a long time ago had a name like "just for flowers". Or maybe something like that.
Thank you, will look into that, dono if I can find that stuff down here but will ask around

lorax wrote:You can make your own root dye by mixing 1 part black food colouring with 5 parts water, then begin tinting your roses by simply watering with the dye intead of regular water/fert combos.

You have to start with very dark red roses though, or this doesn't work properly - lighter shades won't show up full black.
I've been reading more and they say ink will work just as fine, I've been searching the shops here and can't find black ink, pretty lame, I might need to find a specialized cake place or something maybe.

I see that baccara roses are pretty dark already so might go for them, anyone know if you get small baccara bushes? like mini roses? I think I'll make a killer impression if I present a whole plant.

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The only dark red miniature that I know is Black Jade.

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luis_pr wrote:The only dark red miniature that I know is Black Jade.
awesome thanks.. You guys have been a great help.

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Try the supermarket for food dyes, and if not them then the specialty bakers' supply and industrial kitchen stores will have them. Down here, I buy my food dyes as super-concentrated gels at a kitchen specialty store.

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