Blue may be just another color in the rainbow, but the calming hue is actually quite rare in nature—only 10 percent of the over 200,000 species of flowering plants produce a natural blue pigment.
Though Phalaenopsis orchids aren’t among the 10 percent of plants that can naturally have a blue pigment, that doesn’t mean they can’t bloom in blue and other bright shades.
A patented dying process can produce orchids in even more vibrant shades than their natural colors. Orchids can be dyed in many hues—including blue, orange, bright pink or green—and add just the right pop of color to any situation.
Because these neon blooms don’t occur in nature, dyed Phalaenopsis orchids can come with a series of questions. We sat down with Just Add Ice’s expert team of growers to learn just how these Watercolor orchids are created and more.
1. How are Watercolor orchids created?
There are many ways to create a dyed orchid, and many of them are patented by growers. Watercolor orchids are created by making a small hole in the stem of the plant and then injecting dye into that hole. Once the dying process is complete, the hole is covered with wax. After the dye is injected, the blooms start to change color within 24 hours.
2. Does the color remain when the orchid reblooms?
No. When a dyed orchid reblooms, the new blooms will be the color of the original plant. If you have a white orchid that has been dyed blue, for example, the new blooms will be white.
But if the flowers were in the bud stage during the dying progress, they will bloom the color of the dye, only slightly lighter.
3. Is the dying process harmful to the plant?
Though dying an orchid seems fairly straightforward, it is actually a labor-intensive process that requires precise skill. If it’s not done correctly, dying an orchid can harm the plant; however, done professionally, it does not harm the plant.
During the dying process, the orchid can become more susceptible to environmental conditions like temperature, light and drafts.
Our free guide can answer many more of your dyed orchid questions, including how to care for one, whether you can dye an orchid at home and why they’re dyed.