What Turns Flowers Green? - Knowledgebase Question

Holden, MO
Question by gude2shu
February 20, 2001
my daughter is doing a science project off the net and would like to know what turns flowers (daffodils) green?

Answer from NGA
February 20, 2001


Some cut flowers such as carnations can be tinted green by setting the stems in green colored water. This happens through the vascular system. Florists often spray tint on flowers to create unnatural effects. Natural flower colors are caused by genetics and can sometimes be enhanced by careful selection and intensive breeding efforts over generations of plants. I am not aware of a truly green daffodil flower, however. I hope this helps answer her question.

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