The argument in the rose realm is that the newest genre of rose, the rainbow rose, is painted rather than grown. With multiple colors adorning each petal, the rainbow rose appears to be a tie-dyed rose that makes a beautiful bouquet. These types of roses look like they’ve been dyed to create the multiple colored petals. I have been after a bush since a couple of years ago when I first heard of these new plants. Out of all of the roses I’ve seen on the market, this one stands out beyond all of the heirloom roses, red roses, black roses or any other species of rose bush.
Since I had first spotted the beautiful roses, I have done hours of research to find out more about how I could get a bush or two of my own. I had checked through many forums and read articles from the specialists and professionals in the business. I found that many rose enthusiasts had questions as to whether the roses are fake or whether they are painted or dyed instead of naturally grown with so many colors. Human beings have manipulated the growth and breeding of plants for years, including simple cross-pollination to a complex procedure in gene splicing. This can improve the quality and yield in crops, developing plants that can withstand extreme environmental conditions and to develop food sources that are resistant to the onslaught of insects, viruses, fungi and bacterial growth.
At times this breeding can be purely for aesthetic purposes, to create flowers that are more easily marketable and are “prettier”. Thus the birth of the rainbow rose.
The pictures of the roses have not been messed with in any way. The rose has not been bred to produce the colorful petals, per se, but have been injected with natural pigments into their stems while they are growing to create the multi-colored petals. This technique was introduced by Dutch flower company owner Peter van de Werken.
The dyes are produced by natural plant extracts that are absorbed by the roses as they grow. A special process will control how much color reaches the petals. The stalk is treated with natural pigments to make each petal a different color. The pigment is absorbed by the plant and will travel to the petals where it can change their hue.
The first attempt was to spray the flowers, however that did not work. Then dye was used, and with about six months of trial and error, they got it right. The beauty of the Rainbow rose can be categorized as neither real nor fake, as the injected dyes are natural, but the colors are manipulated by man. A bush or two placed in a garden along with the other types of roses we normally see in a rose garden would be a rose gardeners dream, but as for now will not happen. Along with the heirloom roses and red roses glowing with bright colors, a rainbow rose bush would be a perfect addition. Maybe at some point in the future, we will see bushes with injected dyes to assist the colorful splendor of the roses as they bloom but for now it’s simply a vision of beauty to be seen in vases.