Mister Lincoln bloom turned purple... lol

jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.October 25, 2013

I've been bringing in Mister Lincoln buds into the house and putting in a vase since outside weather has been colder recently ...

This time around I placed alittle sugar in the water everytime I changed the water. I've noticed the roses lasting longer BUT they turned from red to a more darker purple color...lol...Kinda of a cool color...
Anyone else ever experience this type of color change?

This post was edited by jim1961 on Fri, Oct 25, 13 at 16:13

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strawchicago 5a IL(zone 5a)

Hi Jim: thanks for those nice pics, I appreciate your sharing the result. Your Mr. Lincoln looks great, I love that purple color. I did the same with molasses to deepen my pink blooms. Here's an excerpt from previous thread:

RE: This is for Carol, or PortlandMysteryrose

â¢Posted by Strawberryhill 5a IL (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 9, 13 at 14:44

On page 248 of Science book, see link below, in 1908 the Rhode Island Rose society did experiments of cut roses, and they found a 7 to 10% sugar solution improved the appearance of cut roses, plus deepened the colors of the pink varieties.

Which explains why Gardenville Sea Tea with molass deepened the colors of Serena's roses in KS, listed under Organic Honey-bees Garden profile in HMF.

Here is a link that might be useful: 1908 Rhode Island experiment with cut roses

â¢Posted by PortlandMysteryRose 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 9, 13 at 15:03

"Thank you, Strawberry. My grandmom and mom taught me to use a little sugar and a tiny bit of lemon juice in cut flower vases." Carol.

***** From Strawberryhill: See below link for the pictures I posted in Organic Roses Forum: I made Angel Face rose turned deep purple, Evelyn deep pink, and Sonia Rykiel much deeper pink with molasses (slightly acidic).

Here is a link that might be useful: Molasses to deepen bloom colors

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 10:25PM
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Neat color. Reminds me of Twilight Zone.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 1:53AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Thanks for info Strawberry...

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 11:49AM
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nanadollZ7 SWIdaho(Zone 7 Boise SW Idaho)

Looks like Mr Lincoln is now Mr Ebb Tide, but still awfully gorgeous. I don't think I've tried the sugar trick on a dark one, but with lighter colored roses, I never noticed any darkening in color when sugar was added to their water. Diane

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 11:14PM
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Resolute_Noir(11 (Philippines/tropical))

It looks more like Ebb Tide now! Does this sugar color change trick work only with cut flowers? Will it work with growing plants, like if you put a spoonful of sugar in your watering can and water them with it?

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 10:24PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I love your rose. Are you sure it's 'Mr. Lincoln'. I've never seen him open like this.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 11:21PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

Oh gorgeous!! I love that color!! I especially love the bloom on the left in the first picture.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 2:36AM
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