Mar 14, 2016

Can I dye flowers using Easter Egg Dye Tablets?

The Question:
Can I dye flowers using Easter Egg Dye Tablets?


The Experiment:
To prep the flowers, my mom cut off the ends of the stem at a slant so they'd drink the water faster, then placed the stems in warm vases of water.
I used red food coloring in 1 vase because it was what my mom had in the kitchen and I used Dudley’s Easter Egg Dye Tablet in red in the other vase. The trick with the food coloring is that it helps to use a lot of drops, I used 20 drops in half a cup of warm water in the vase.





What Happened?:
It’s interesting how some of the red food color worked better than the Easter Egg Dye Tablet.
We came back just 1 hour later to find that our flowers didn’t change colors. We kept checking on our flowers throughout the day and watched to see if the color would change. I predicted that the flower with the food dye would change because the water was darker.
We left them overnight, and in the morning I noticed a small change with the outer petals of the flower with the food coloring. There was no change to the flower with the Easter Egg Dye Tablet.



My Conclusion:
I noticed that the longer you keep your flowers in the dye the darker they will become. I removed my flowers from outside after about 36 hours to end my experiment. It was a fun experiment and now I know that I can’t dye flowers with Easter Egg Dye after 36 hours of waiting. A few days after these photos were taken, the red food colored flower is almost completely red.


What I learned:

Plants need water to survive and they draw water up from their roots through their capillaries. Adding color to the water helps us visualize this invisible process, however if you cut the stem along its side you can see how the color raised to the petals. Although Easter Egg Dye has some coloring in it I didn’t use vinegar to activate the release of the color. I would want to do this experiment age to see if I could use other acidic ingredients to help the Easter Egg Dye release more color and to see if it would harm the flower in the process.

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