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Can I re-dye my painted calluna vulgaris

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I have purchased some painted calluna vulgaris and understand that they will revert to their natural colour next year. Is it possible to re-dye them and if so how would I go about doing this?


On plant Calluna Vulgaris


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Its normally food colouring sprayed on to the flowers when they start to open. We got them in at work once and the pots were same spray painted- obviously caught some spray drift.
You could try, but normal spray paint etc would probably be more likely to kill it or look unrealistic.
Try food colouring in a small spray gun e.g one for models, but prob ccheaper to buy new ones

31 Aug, 2009

 

my painted ones died and put no new growth on at all.

31 Aug, 2009

 

Why would you want to paint plants?
There re so many lovely shades of flowers, stems, leaves and berries in the late Autumn/Winter, I see these painted things in places like B&Q and it makes me shudder!!
Silver Birch, Cornus (Dog Wood) has red, yellow and orange stems, NATURAL coloured heather, grasses, uncina rubra, festuca glauca, the list is endless.....................

31 Aug, 2009

 

i didnt buy them they were a pressie from my sister in law.

31 Aug, 2009

 

They paint them i suppose just to make themattractive to people. All unnecessary really!

31 Aug, 2009

 

First of all, Welcome to GoY Bowlalong.
I think they are lovely and have several. I like the unusual colours and think they make a statement in the garden.
I've just been out and counted and I have nine in four colours.

31 Aug, 2009

 

Welcome from me too Bowlalong.
I have had the coloured ones in the past and think they can give interesting and attractive variety amongst other plants. Yes next year they were green but they were still attractive.

1 Sep, 2009

 

I didn't know they reverted back to their original colour but I think I will still buy more or experiment with the food colouring as suggested by Nickyt. I simply don't have the room for Silver Birch trees or have the funds to buy expensive alternatives. Interesting question Bowlalong, I hope you enjoy GoY and hang around for a while.
Ian

1 Sep, 2009

 

I quite agree Ian, all our gardens are different and we all have our limitations and preferences as to what we can and want to grow in them. Good luck with the food colouring Bowlalong, it's worth a try.

1 Sep, 2009

 

They normally com
e back white the next year or once the colours washed off

1 Sep, 2009

 

what spray paint is used for spraying heather plants?

21 Oct, 2009

 

WHAT SPRAY PAINT IS USED FOR SPRAYING HEATHER PLANTS?

21 Oct, 2009

 

Welcome to GoY Littleone, as NickyT08 says above, any spray paint is likely to kill the heather so it would be safer to use food colouring available at supermarkets.

21 Oct, 2009

 

If you don't have a model makers spray system you could try one of those spray bottles. (around 99p from most supermarkets etc.)
Evening Lily :~))

21 Oct, 2009

 

Morning Ian, fancy meeting up with you here again!

22 Oct, 2009

 

You know me, I always hang out in the best places! Lol
How are you this fine but chilly morning?

22 Oct, 2009

 

PM coming your way soon!

22 Oct, 2009

 

Oooo I'm off to have a look!

22 Oct, 2009

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