What is a Rainbow Rose and what is its meaning?

Let’s put those thoughts of leprechauns and pots of gold aside for a moment and focus on a real treasure: Rainbow Roses! They’re big, they’re bright, and they’re colourful! But what exactly are they and where do you come from?

The perfect present

If you’ve been wrecking your brain for a gift idea that’s bright, energetic, colourful, and fun, you’ve found it in a bouquet of Rainbow Roses. These fantastic blooms are sure to plaster a smile on the recipient. Heck, even the sender or anyone within a five-kilometre radius is guaranteed a great day too!

A showstopper

Rainbow Roses are also known as Happy Roses or Kaleidoscope Roses. These blooms may look like they were plucked out of a story book but trust us when we say they’re 100% real. These unique blooms boast vibrant and brightly coloured petals, making them the life of the party or centre of attention anywhere you put them.

Real, or Faux?

Please be mindful about people who claim that Rainbow Roses may be grown from seeds or cuttings in your backyard. These blooms actually start out as white roses that go through a careful colouring process to create a stunning and beautiful kaleidoscope of colours in each rose. The most popular rainbow roses have a combination of pink, blue, yellow, orange and green hues on their faces.

The man behind the masterpiece

The idea of these incredible flowers came from a man named Peter van de Werken, a flower grower from the Netherlands. When sales of the single coloured flowers in his nursery slowed down, he was inspired to try something new and developed a stunning collection of rainbow roses!


Experimenting with colouring flowers using natural dyes, it took him roughly six months of fine-tuning the process before his method was perfected. Since its conception back in 2005, millions of Rainbow Roses have since been ordered and spread throughout the globe!

The science behind the art

Now, time for the fun part! Grab your paper towels, it’s about to get messy. Here’s how to DIY your very own Rainbow Rose!

Using a white or cream coloured rose - the Dutch Vendela is a popular choice - carefully cut lengthwise along the stem, approximately 5cm from the end of the stem. Next, rotate the stem 90 degrees and make another 5cm long cut. The stem should now be split into four sections. Tip – use a sharp, thin knife as this will minimise damage to the stem. Each thinly cut stem is then placed in a different vase of water with its own dye solution. As the rose absorbs the water, the petals begin to reflect the colour as well. When the water evaporates, the dye remains and the petals are transformed! The process takes between 12 and 24 hours and it can be used to create any colours, save for black and white.
This rainbow method may also be used on carnations, hydrangeas, orchids, as well as chrysanthemums.

The beauty of Rainbow Roses

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the first thing these big guys evoke is a sense of happiness and cheer. The kaleidoscope of colours brings an immediate sense of brightness and fun, making them the perfect choice for celebrating birthdays and other fun parties and occasions.

Our love affair with Rainbow Roses is one that warrants a lifetime; our insatiable appetite for these precious blooms will continue to flourish until our bones return to the very Earth that nourishes them. I have so much more I’d love to share with you and I hope you’ll stick around and continue to grow and fall in love with flowers all together.