Coloring Daisies

coloring flowers with food dye

When I passed by these Gerbera daisies at a farmer’s market, I commented to my mother how I had seen nothing like them before. Turns out, there’s a good reason for that: They’re dyed.

These daisies are actually white with pink centers, but if you put them in water with a few squirts of food color, you’ll get something different all together.

Evidently, my mother is a long-time pro at this. (How did I not know this?) When she was little, she used to divide daisies into different vases and add different food dye to each vase. The result was an impressively colorful array of daisies.

Of course, I immediately thought how perfect this would be for a wedding. Think of the arrangements you could create with such crazily vibrant flowers! That said, I don’t recommend working with dyed flowers while you’re in a nice dress. Even if you put the flowers in fresh water, you’ll see a hint of color in that water, and you don’t want to get it on anything you’re fond of.

Gerbera daisies take really well to food dye, but they can be temperamental flowers. Carnations and Queen’s Anne Lace also work, as do other (but not all) white flowers. You can use flowers that aren’t white as well, but keep in mind that that color will mix with whatever dye you add.

If you have any experience dyeing flowers, we’d love to hear about it!


  1. My grandaughter and I bought daisies at a florist shop 6 days ago. We put one bunch (single stem; several blooms) in a vase with blue food coloring. As of today, absolutely NOTHING has happened. What might we have done wrong?

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