Change a White Flower to Any Color
To keep flowers fresh, we put them in water, in a vase. The flowers
drink the water and that keeps them looking nice, longer. Well, what
would happen if you gave the flowers colored water to drink? Let's try
- Tap water
- Cup or bottle
- Food coloring
- White flower
Fill a glass or bottle 3/4 full with tap water.
Stir in a few drops of food coloring.
Take a fresh flower, (white carnations work well) and clip the end
off of the stem.
Place the flower in the water.
After a few hours, or overnight, the flower will begin to change
to the color of the water.
The flower drank the colored water and as the water traveled up the
stem and into the petals, it carried the food coloring with it. As the
food coloring reached the petals, they take on the color of the water.
Incidentally, this is similar to why flamingos are pink. Flamingos eat
a lot of shrimp and shellfish and they absorb the pink and red colors
into their feathers, making them pink.