(Closed) How do you know if your flowers were painted/dyed?

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Can you explain your objection to dyed flowers?

Post # 3
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you can’t tell the difference on your own then I would say it doesn’t matter.  There are definitely times when a florist will need to dye the flowers, paint them, or even feed them various chemicals to make them turn the color you wanted.  If you want purple carnations and everything on the market looks sad and droopy, then the only  choices are to dye/paint/manipulate another color of carnation to get the purple you want, substitute a different color of carnation, or substitute another purple flower. You wanted purple carnations, you got purple carnations and you can’t tell with the naked eye if they’re naturally purple or manipulated somehow, so why does it matter how they ended up purple?

Post # 4
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m confused. If you couldn’t tell, does it really matter?

Post # 5
3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Idk but a guess would be price? natural = more expensive maybe. 

But if you couldn’t tell & price isn’t an issue, & your wedding already happened what is the point in wondering? I’ve had a few painted roses, so I’m not sure how the process varies (if it does) depending on the flower but mine were semi obviously painted- good from a close distance but upon further inspection I could either see that the center & bottom parts were less pigmented, the color would also rub off, and  if it was done poorly you could see some color on the stem too. Also you can dye carnations by putting them in colored water (red + blue food coloring+ white carnation= purple) though that way is more subtle. 

Post # 6
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MsGinkgo:  So you can’t tell if they were painted and/or dyed and you told her you didn’t really want painted or dyed flowers. So did you NOT want them or would be OK with them if that was her only choice. Was it in a contract somewhere that they were not to be dyed?

You are married. You probably have the most lovely flowers. I would just move on.

I feel like you recently brought up another gripe (was it someone’s hair?) that happened on your wedding day. I hope your list of post-wedding to-do’s is almost done. You have a lot of happiness to focus on considering you just got married to your love.


Post # 8
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MsGinkgo:  Cut open the stem. If it’s purple inside, it’s dyed. If it’s green, it’s not. As far as painting, I didn’t even know they did that. 🙂

If they somehow injected color into the flower in some other manner than sitting the stems in color and letting that wick up to the bud, I have no idea how to tell.

Post # 9
70 posts
Worker bee

If you post a picture of them I can tell you if they were painted. However, carnations aren’t super expensive and come in multitudes of shades of purple, so chances are very low your florist would paint them especialy if you explicitly told her/him you didn’t want them painted or dyed.

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