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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 27, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #7313597

If you want a coleus to be a little more colorful, can you add food coloring to the water, yellow or red? Would blue make a purple more purple, or a pink purple?

LOL, don't throw your rotten tomatoes and eggs yet, this is just a thought. I remember how a daisy would drink up dye and have a little in the white petals.

Melissa
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

November 27, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #7313710

Hum never thought about this. Interesting.


Lavina
shirleyt
Pearl River, LA

November 28, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #7316799

Hey I tried that. I wanted to make a blue one. Did not work for me...lol shirleyt
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #7317380

Well, blue is a 'primary' color, you could only make blue with another blue, or maybe white. Hum, I don't know about a white Coleus.

I was thinking make a yellow yellower, or enhance a red.

I'll eventually get some food color, and try it, with before and after photos. Problem is that I have this brand new computer, and don't know how to work the new photo system.

Soon!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #7317546

Provided I remember in the morning I will give it a try with two different types of food coloring - the liquid and the paste. How long is it supposed to be until the differences can be seen?
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
11:33 AM

Post #7318231

As a child, we'd pick wild daisies and put them in a glass of water with food dye, and in an hour or two the white petals of the daisies would have streaks of the color. They wouldn't turn totally red or blue or whatever, but you could definitely see the colors.

Perhaps if the poor coleus were dry and thirsty, more color would be taken up. No, I don't propose coleus abuse! lol.

I need to get this photo problem that I have sorted out! New computer learning curve.

Oh, edited to say, yellow to make yellow/orange brighter, red for reds, blue could make pink more pink or purplish. Or blue could make a browner purple, humm... I have 'art' training. But like mixing pretty paints as a little kid, do you remember going along and all of a sudden you added one more color, and get mud color? We don't want to do that!

Just try adding red to red, yellow to yellow to start with!!

This message was edited Nov 29, 2009 7:38 AM
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
11:43 AM

Post #7318240

OK, to be more specific, I'm going to try adding some yellow to my electric lime, and to Religious Rutabaga, and, ummm,,,

Oh! Now I'm beginning to thimmk. It might be best, safest, to take a pinch, a little side branch, and try it in a little glass of water with dye to see what happens, rather than dump a lot of color on a precious plant.

Hum, now I must go to the store----

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 29, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #7318245

I dont think the color will be permanent.
Do you want to remember to add coloring all season to keep the color going?. The colorant is held in the plant cells as long as the plant is taking in water it disipates when the water evaporated I would think.
Might be fun to,try.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
11:52 AM

Post #7318248

Seems the color would just go to the thirstiest leaf, and stay there. Then fade, bleach out after a while. And new leaves would be the normal colors. This'll be interesting to do... Poor coleus, we love you too much!

Aquarium fish dealers sometimes dye fish, they look horrible, very fake. Booooo

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 29, 2009
11:57 AM

Post #7318254

You just cant trust anything you see these days
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
12:03 PM

Post #7318260

"Ain't that the truth!"

and

"Let the buyer beware!"
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #7318634

Here we go with the trial using the paste food coloring. I did them at 9:15 this morning and there's no change yet.

I used "Rose Pink" for the cuttings on the right and "Violet" on the left side.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 29, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #7318665

fingers crossed
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
5:53 PM

Post #7318830

"Paste" food coloring?? Does it all melt into the water? I haven't seen this stuff, not vert domestic!

The color of the water looks a little pale, maybe less water, and a LOT of coloring.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #7318865

It's what is used in professional cake decorating. I'll add more each morning at 9:15.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
6:05 PM

Post #7318874

Mad scientists!
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

November 29, 2009
7:03 PM

Post #7319019

:-))))))) Indeed! But great fun.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2009
8:33 PM

Post #7319232

Look!

http://www.parkseed.com:80/gardening/AS/sitename/Versa?cid=pem001870
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

November 29, 2009
9:31 PM

Post #7319340

Yes, someone pointed them out, very changeable to light and warmth. 30 cents per seed. The coleusses that I have do that with light or shade. Hum, are you going to try them?

Heehee, I thought the link was for a white, dye-able coleus!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #7319566

I doubt we will try them. We did like Carefree Mix, also from Park's.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #7324776

9:15 and now I'm not sure if the veins on Peter Wonder look darker to me or if it's my imagination.

First, the photo from yesterday, Nov. 30th. The Peter Wonder on the right is in plain water and the one on the left is in water with violet food coloring.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #7324778

As of today:

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

December 1, 2009
3:02 PM

Post #7324863

The veins seem to be pinkish or purplish, more than yesterday's colors, on the new little leaves.

I must try this! I'm always thinking up things, and don't always do what I suggest, or just take longer to get the round tuits.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2009
5:27 PM

Post #7325262

fun with food
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

December 1, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #7325287

We always got in trouble in grade school, hey?

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