dying with food coloring

whiteeaglesue(8)January 5, 2014

Does anyone know how to dye succulents with food coloring. I would love to do this

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kaktuskris

This begs the question...WHY?

Christopher

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 10:07PM
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whiteeaglesue(8)

It is different snd i would like to try it

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 10:29PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

I believe most people on this forum are abhorred by the idea (including me). So, I don't think too many would be willing tell you how, even if they knew. I suppose you could experiment, if you're so inclined.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 1:22PM
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cactusmcharris

It's right up there with baby seal beating, in my book.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 6:06PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Is there a law protecting palnts against 'abuse'? If not, there should be..
It drves me nuts when they spray die those Phal orchids or glue objects to others..

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 7:08PM
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ahelaumakani

I don't think it's possible to dye succulents with food coloring since they wouldn't take up water like a carnation flower would. You'd most likely have to use something that would coat the leaves like spray paint.

I think there are some craft forums here where your question would be better received.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 7:26PM
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whiteeaglesue(8)

Sorry tp have affended anyone

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 7:55PM
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cactusmcharris

We're not offended - we just like to express our righteous indignation at the egregious plant abuse occurring with dyed plants.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 10:29PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

No worries, Sue. It is simply that most of the folks here grow and enjoy plants for what they are, the way they are. The plants are admired for the natural beauty or interest they possess. Injecting them with dyes, spray painting them, or gluing flowers on them and any other unnatural "beautification" attempts is not something that would be well received here. Doing so run contrary to that philosophy of enjoying what God (or nature for those not of a religious bent) has created as it is. (For that matter hop on an orchid forum and ask about dying orchids -- you'll get the same reaction.)

In addition there is the concern for how such "make-overs" may affect the plant's health. As folks here are not typically into cacti/succulents as "disposable decorations," again doing such things as you mentioned which are not in any way beneficial (and may in fact prove harmful) to the plant are not viewed as desirable. Once more, a different frame of mind.

Dying/painting/etc is rather like those poor fish one sees in the stores these days that have been injected with fluorescent dyes for the novelty effect.

As was mentioned, a craft forum might be a better place to make your inquiry.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 10:46PM
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