‘Blue Mystique’ Moth Orchid

20 03 2011

I photographed this ‘Blue Mystique’ Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) in the conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this afternoon. Silver Vase introduced the “world’s first true blue orchid” in January of this year. These blooms, which start out as white, are not painted, sprayed or hybridized. It gets its color through a patented process that induces the blue color in flowers. The process takes anywhere from 48-90 hours to induce the color into the flowers.

While I do love naturally blue flowers, I’m not so sure about this one yet. I had hoped it would possibly be a hybrid, but it is simply chemically altered. Silver Vase’s website notes that the chemical elements are “naturally derived and environmentally conscious.” The buds are closed at the time they are treated, so as the orchid grows, a new stem can bloom either white flowers or a range of blue hues from azure to sapphire to royal blue and every shade in between. What do you think?

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21 03 2011
thepetalpusher

While it is beautiful, I’m not warming to the idea that it is “altered.” It reminds me of florists that infuse color with colored water!

2 10 2012
Bob Jensen

As a photographer I love the idea and have photographed this flower myself. Can’t wait to photograph the other “varieties” this coming weekend. I do know that these seem to sell well so there is a definite market for them. By the way, love your comp and the beautiful tones you have captured here.

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