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Tips for Working with Dyed Flowers

Looking for a way to shake things up and make fun designs in any color you want? Dyed flowers might just be the answer! Using dyed flowers is a fantastic opportunity to let your imagination run wild and provide a festive element that can tie in perfectly with any theme. Working with dyed flowers is a little different and there are some things to know and expect before you begin. Helpful insights and hints for working with dyed flowers include:

  • The water changing color is perfectly normal. You will probably notice the water changing within a day or so after processing. The stems contain dye, so as they sit in water, they will likely change color. You do not need to change the water or re-process.

  • When placing in a container, you might want to select something that isn’t clear so the tinted water doesn’t show and you’ll want to select a container that won’t be damaged by the tinted water.

  • Expect the foliage of dyed flowers to be slightly compromised versus flowers that are 100 percent natural. The salts and oils contained in the dye often times burn the leaves slightly; the flower blooms, however, are perfectly intact.

  • If your design includes dyed and natural flowers, the natural flowers may take on some of the tint once processed and placed in the same water/solution as the dyed flowers. This can actually enhance the look of your overall design as the tint would be subtle.

  • Be aware that the dye can seep through the leaves. Always handle with care when processing or putting on display and avoid contact with clothing or tablecloths as dye could transfer. Advise customers when they are purchasing so they can be sure to avoid this also.

  • For many holidays and other celebratory occasions, designers will use picks in bouquets or arrangements. Make sure that these are made of treated wood or plastic in order to avoid fungal bacterial growth in the vase.

Dyed flowers, as with any other cut flower, require proper care and handling. For best results you can follow these care and handling best practices:

  • Start with a clean bucket, sanitized with a floral cleaner such as Floralife® Floral Cleaner or D.C.D.® Cleaner.

  • Fill buckets with cool water mixed with flower food solution according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Do not put flowers directly into metal/galvanized buckets. Use clean, good quality water and do not use water that has been treated with a water softener as the salt levels can be damaging to flowers. Use a dosing unit that is properly calibrated, or hand-mix the solution according to label instructions.

  • Remove any foliage that would fall below the solution level.

  • Re-cut stems approximately 1” using clean and sanitized clippers or a knife. Use FloraLife® Quick Dip to jump-start hydration and ensure free-flowing stems.

  • Place flowers in a previously prepared container.

  • Allow a minimum of two hours to hydrate, placing buckets in an area with good airflow.

  • Always remember FIFO (First In First Out) when rotating flowers.

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