Orchids possess a typical history; they were venerated in 6th century BC. At that time it was related with the Chinese character Ian; representing love, grace and so on. It is very rare to find real blue orchids especially when compared to pink and purple orchids. Blue orchids are found in wild, in certain regions of South America as well as Southeast Asia, particularly in tropical rain forests. These are highly sought after just because of their rarity. The main reason of their being highly rare is that their natural habitats are being destroyed through heavy deforestation. Poaching is also another big reason of being this plant still rare.
The true blue orchid flower?
The true blue orchids is a part of the Vanda genus of the orchid family the word vanad originating from the Sanskrit term vandaka . These beautiful flowers can be found in New Guinea, Queensland , Philippines, India, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Vanda blue orchid has 2 varieties and one among them is coerulescens in which the pigment of blue can be seen only on lip, even though the colour of the sepals is white. The second blue orchid bouquet can be made up of a specie called coerulea, wherein the sepals are blue colored.
The dyed blue orchids
Silver Vase Nursery presented in 2011 introduced the blue orchid at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Florida . These orchids were developed by injecting a blue dye into the white orchid plant as the plant grew it absorbed the blue colour and the flowers instead of being white were blue in colour. The difficulty arose when these flowers were sold commercially the plants that were flowering blue in subsequent blossoms started blooming with white flowers.
To stop the controversy the company started selling these flowers with a disclaimer that theywere actually white orchids tahat had been modified by injecting a dye.
Hybrid blue orchids:
Blue orchids have been hybridized to make them easier to grow and more accessible to all of us. They have been genetically modified by inserting the gens of other flowers in the white orchids genetic make up to make them flower blue. An example is the work of Masahiro Mii of Chiba University who has inserted the the gene from an Asiatic dayflower into a white Phalaenopsis hybrid. It is believed that since the genes of these flowers dictate them to be blue every blossom will also be blue in colour.
The blue orchids that are often sold commercially are the ones that have been developed by injecting a dye into a white flower as these plants grew the subsequent blossoms would have a less intense colour and with each bloom they would lose colour to become white eventually .
To avoid controversy many manufacturers sell them labelled as dye modified orchids and with a guide that they will loss colour eventually.
How the blue orchids have become common?
It is very pleasant to hear that fortunately, blue orchids have become common these days. It means they are easily available and readily more accessible to the gardeners, mainly due to the hybridization techniques. Therefore the plant is grown in nursery environment and this inevitably leads to make the color of the orchid even less profitable due to poaching. The dying technique is also responsible to make it a common plant. In this technique the plant of white orchid is infused with blue dye and it starts giving blue flowers instead of white.
Dyeing and Hybridization:
The two techniques of dyeing and hybridization are mainly responsible for making the rare plant of blue orchid a common one and easily accessible for even the home gardeners. This has also made the plant a less important and less valuable. The increased supply of the plant will also result in lessen the demand over the time. What will be the end result of all that? ; Probably the purple and pink orchids will become the popular colors that are more sought after.
Taking care of blue orchid:
The blue orchid is known as a delicate flower that used to grow on trees. This plant demands for a moist environment and needs proper fertilization as well as being watered on regular basis. You must be aware while choosing a pot for blue flowers. The pot should not be dripping water and also it should not be top heavy otherwise the plant will require pruning.
You have to prune the plant after all the flowers have shed. For this purpose you have to cut the stem 2 inches (about 5 cm) above the leaves. This will make the flowers grow from the base and the stem, the plant will not flower properly otherwise. This is also a time recommended to re-bottom the plant; change of soil is considered good to help grow the plant in a better way. At the time of re-bottoming the plant put the plant outside in the evening when it is about 65-72 degrees F, as it is good for re-blooming.