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My hubby surprised me yesterday on my birthday with these gorgeous blue Phalaenopsis Orchids!

 

We have admired them for a long time whenever we saw them in the stores. We knew they were white orchids that were injected with a blue dye and when they bloom next year, they will go back to being white, but that is fine as we get to enjoy the beauty for several months.

 

I wanted to also thank everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes you sent me and appreciate y'all very much… it made for a great celebration!

 

THE MYSTIQUE OF THE BLUE PHALAENOPSIS

 

Since their introduction in early 2011, electric-blue phalaenopsis orchids have stopped in their tracks even those who would normally walk right past their super market’s or gardening center’s orchid display. Pros and cons have been enflaming retail customers, orchid experts and the flower industry ever since. Phalaenopsis, or simply ‘phal’, are the most widely available potted orchids, and hybridization has made their care easy and straightforward, even for beginners.

 

The purple-colored phalaenopsis violacea is native to Malaysia and Indonesia. Its hybrids are different shades of purple, rather than blue, as well.

 

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.

 

Subsequent flowerings will result in white blooms. The dye is not available to the public, nor are the exact steps of the procedure. Do-it-yourself dyeing is not encouraged, and at every home gardener’s own risk.

 

What has been upsetting Blue Mystique and Royal Blue Phal customers is that they believed to be buying a real blue orchid. In response to controversy that has been picked up by the media, growers now use product labels to inform buyers that a white orchid has been treated in order to produce those magnificent blue flowers, and that future blooms will be white.

 

This simple gesture allows prospective customers to make informed blue orchid decisions. This is especially meaningful when evaluating the price of white versus blue phalaenopsis. While some may love the electric blue color just as much, others will plan to sell the orchid on Ebay once it returns to its true white nature. Others still might consider purchasing a real blue orchid from a specialty grower or decide on a bouquet of blue dendrobium instead.

 

Similar to my favorite orchid phal gold x violacea, not avail

ファレノプシス ケネス·シューベルト ‘M’

(Phal.) Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert ‘M’

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from RHS Sander's List.

Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert (Clarelen, 01/01/1963)

Genus : Phalaenopsis

Epithet : Kenneth Schubert

Synonym Flag : This is not a synonym

Synonym Genus Name : Doritaenopsis

Registrant Name : Clarelen

Originator Name : Clarelen

Date of registration : 01/01/1963

Seed parent : Phal. pulcherrima (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. forma coerulea (Fowlie) Christenson, 2001 ‘#3’

Pollen parent : Phal. violacea H.Witte forma coerulea Christenson, 2001 ‘#1’

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Nikon D800E

Carl Zeiss Jena Apo-Tessar T-coated 240mm F9 (for Large Format Process Lens)

The magnification of design criteria is Macro Lens of 1:1. M53/P0.75 Screw Mount

BelOMO (Zavod Diaproektor) VORSATZ Double Extension Bellows for M42 Screw Mount

Белорусское оптико-механическое объединение

Russia Krasnogorski Mekhanicheski Zavod (KMZ) Product. (manufacture, 1964.)

Fotomate LP-01 Macro Slider K4G / from Shenzhen, China.

(factory name : 江门市美达斯五金电子製品有限公司 / Jiangmen Midas Hardware Electronicos Co. LTD ) is used.

  

Uganda 2012

 

Fragrant, star-shaped flowers with a waxy texture open in succession, usually no more than 2 or 3 at once. There are several different varieties but normally the petals and sepals are pale green such as this one. Certain varieties are white or rose purple. Origin: Borneo and Malay Peninsula.

  

"Phalaenopsis violacea var. Borneo {The Violet Phalaenopsis}".

White violacea with a touch of pink on the lip, magenta and golden yellow on the sidelobes. This is my favorite plant in my collection. It is the most beautiful violacea I have ever seen. Not many violaceas are as beautiful as this.

Doritaenopsis Kenneth Schubert (Doritis pulcherrima x Phalaenopsis violacea)_1

A desirable species from Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra

This beautiful green Phalaenopsis is a hybrid of Yuhngo Gelb Canary x violacea alba. This flower received an AM/AOS of 83 points at the recent Jacksonville Orchid Show. Grown by Krull-smith Orchids.

Acquistata da Popow Orchids come "Norton Deep Blue Sea"

Bought from Popow Orchids as "Norton Deep Blue Sea"

ファレノプシス ケネス·シューベルト ‘M’

(Phal.) Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert ‘M’

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from RHS Sander's List.

Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert (Clarelen, 01/01/1963)

Genus : Phalaenopsis

Epithet : Kenneth Schubert

Synonym Flag : This is not a synonym

Synonym Genus Name : Doritaenopsis

Registrant Name : Clarelen

Originator Name : Clarelen

Date of registration : 01/01/1963

Seed parent : Phal. pulcherrima (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. forma coerulea (Fowlie) Christenson, 2001 ‘#3’

Pollen parent : Phal. violacea H.Witte forma coerulea Christenson, 2001 ‘#1’

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Nikon D800E

Carl Zeiss Jena Apo-Tessar T-coated 240mm F9 (for Large Format Process Lens)

The magnification of design criteria is Macro Lens of 1:1. M53/P0.75 Screw Mount

BelOMO (Zavod Diaproektor) VORSATZ Double Extension Bellows for M42 Screw Mount

Белорусское оптико-механическое объединение

Russia Krasnogorski Mekhanicheski Zavod (KMZ) Product. (manufacture, 1964.)

Fotomate LP-01 Macro Slider K4G / from Shenzhen, China.

(factory name : 江门市美达斯五金电子製品有限公司 / Jiangmen Midas Hardware Electronicos Co. LTD ) is used.

   

Phalaenopsis violacea

Distribution: Sumatra, Malaysia (Perak, Selangor, Malacca).

2009/9/6

ラン科ファレノプシス属の常緑多年草で、学名は Phalaenopsis violacea。

京都府立植物園/Photo was taken in The Kyoto Botanical Garden

Juli 2013

Canon EOS 40D

EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

 

Creative Commons Licence BY 2.0

 

Quellenangabe / Credit:

Photo by Maja Dumat - CC BY 2.0

ファレノプシス ケネス·シューベルト ‘M’

(Phal.) Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert ‘M’

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from RHS Sander's List.

Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert (Clarelen, 01/01/1963)

Genus : Phalaenopsis

Epithet : Kenneth Schubert

Synonym Flag : This is not a synonym

Synonym Genus Name : Doritaenopsis

Registrant Name : Clarelen

Originator Name : Clarelen

Date of registration : 01/01/1963

Seed parent : Phal. pulcherrima (Lindl.) J.J.Sm. forma coerulea (Fowlie) Christenson, 2001 ‘#3’

Pollen parent : Phal. violacea H.Witte forma coerulea Christenson, 2001 ‘#1’

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Nikon D800E

Carl Zeiss Jena Apo-Tessar T-coated 240mm F9 (for Large Format Process Lens)

The magnification of design criteria is Macro Lens of 1:1. M53/P0.75 Screw Mount

BelOMO (Zavod Diaproektor) VORSATZ Double Extension Bellows for M42 Screw Mount

Белорусское оптико-механическое объединение

Russia Krasnogorski Mekhanicheski Zavod (KMZ) Product. (manufacture, 1964.)

Fotomate LP-01 Macro Slider K4G / from Shenzhen, China.

(factory name : 江门市美达斯五金电子製品有限公司 / Jiangmen Midas Hardware Electronicos Co. LTD ) is used.

  

Acquistata da Popow Orchids come "Norton Deep Blue Sea"

Bought from Popow Orchids as "Norton Deep Blue Sea"

Not entirely certain of this plant's lineage; I wish I knew more.

 

I'm considering crossing it back onto a Norton indigo form to see what would happen to the concentric barring the Norton indigo strain seems to lack; would the saturation of the indigo type strengthen the barring or simply erase it by filling in the blanks?

  

Phalaenopsis violacea (Indigo) SWR-H844

 

Phalaenopsis violacea "Mentawai"

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