Blue Mystique Orchid
There are a few wild blue orchids, but they are rare, sometimes endangered, are more closely pale blue, purplish and pinkish.In nature, blue is not a usual bloom or foliage color. Plants tend to absorb blue light for the sake of their energy needs and don’t reflect it. Many plants recommended for blue coloration are really, lavender, purple, or pink.
The spectacular color is not developed in nature but rather results from a patented process for both the dye component and the growth parameters. The dye components and process have not been published for the do-it-yourselfer.
Unfortunately a deep blue orchid is only a temporary beauty. When grown as a plant in the home, it will revert to its original color on the next blooming cycle.
Florida-based Silver Vase Nursery presented its Blue Mystique at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in January. In May 2011, Dutch Geest Orchideen received the Flora Holland Award 2011 in the Concepts Category, for their Royal Blue phalaenopsis and its shade of blue which the jury considered to be delightful.
During the growth process, the stalk of a white phalaenopsis orchid is injected with a blue dye solution. The intervention is performed in an environment that keeps the infection risk for the plant at a minimum. The blue color is absorbed by the orchid and creates a blue flower.