Orchids come in all shapes, sizes and hues, including a beautiful blue shade. If you’re looking for a plant to brighten up your home, a blue orchid guarantees to bring even the dullest of interior spaces to life. And providing you take care of them, they can last for many years.
Blue orchids, although rare, are now becoming more readily available. Orchids themselves have always been acclaimed. A vivid blue Orchid on the other hand has the ability to really wow its audience.
Read on to learn more about the many stunning blue orchids available – some of which are easier to get your hands on than others! Here we look at orchids you’ll want if you’re looking to freshen up your lounge, kitchen, dining or bedroom areas.
7 Blue Orchids for your Home
1. The Blue Mystique Orchid
This particularly colourful specie of orchid boasts a vivid blue hue. The company behind creating them use a top-secret formula and infusion process to dye the petals. When new blooms begin grow, they’ll appear an angelic white.
To prolong the lifespan of this orchid, it’s important to replant the flower in a loose mixture of bark and charcoal. Orchids tend not to thrive in regular soil and prefer clay pots.
2. The Phalaenopsis Orchid
This particular specie of Orchid is said to be the most prevalent flower for the home, but why? It probably because they’re practically maintenance-free. Providing you replant your Orchid at least every three years and ensure the soil is never completely dry, your orchid will re-bloom time and time again.
Blue flowers, although difficult to find, are not impossible to source. Blue Orchids however tend to be white Orchids that have been dyed with a special pigment. This dye won’t damage the flower; they will simply grow back an equally aesthetically pleasing white shade, which looks just as idyllic when displayed in the home.
3. The Royal Blue Phal
Blue is a popular colour for a special occasion and also in home décor. Whether you’re throwing a dinner party and wish to invest in an idyllic centrepiece or quite simply wish to brighten up a room in the household, a vivid blue will instantly become centre of attention.
Despite being very rare in nature, the floriculture industry has managed to successfully create a deep blue orchid plant through a special infusion process. This living potted plant boasts a spectacular colour and as such, is a popular choice for the green-fingered enthusiast.
The Blue Phal is now one of the most prevalent potted Orchids in existence and anyone who walks past such a dazzlingly blue flower will likely stop in their tracks to admire the vibrant blooms.
4. The Pale Blue Orchid
Orchids boasting a rich blue hue tend not to be the product of nature and instead, the result of a patented process that uses a dye component to achieve this stunning shade.
There are however a few wild blue Orchids available. These rare plants reveal a pale blue, pink and purple shade and make an idyllic option for the home. They are endangered in some areas and can be difficult to get a hold of, which is why more and more florists are choosing to recreate these flowers using a special dye and white orchids.
5. The Blue Dendrobium
This strangely enticing floral display, available from Serenata, boasts a series of dyed, pigmented, vivid blue Dendrobium orchids. These unique blooms will not only be the talking point at a dinner party, they’ll add an instant splash of colour to any room in the home or office. Whether you give them as a gift to a loved one (who is fond of the more unusual floral display), or gift them to yours truly, the Blue Dendrobium is undeniably exciting.
6. Acacallis cyanea
Native to Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela, the Acacallis cyanea is an extremely showy specie of plant. It’s widely cultivated as an ornamental flower, with many people choosing to display it in their home. In rare cases, some cultivators are able to produce blue flowers, particularly when using a controlled growing environment.
Originally found in South America, in lowland, wet rainforests, they grow in the lower sections of tree trunks. Unlike many Orchids, they are able to survive harsh waters and will often be submerged for many months during the monsoon season.
The plants cultivate from a creeping rhizome, complete with spread out pseudobulbs. Each pseudobulb boasts one apical. When in full bloom, these plants can yield up to 10 flowers. Each flower boasts an almost surreal, metallic shade, which looks a little like blue metal. When removed from direct sunlight, they can appear an even deeper shade of blue.
The Cattleya is commonly found in Costa Rica in South America. Originally discovered by William Cattley and John Lindey, William Swainson later shipped it to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens to discover more about this specie of plant.
In the 1950’s they were often sought after by those in the cut-flower trade, due to their large eccentric flowers. Although not a deep blue, they grow in almost every shade including a pastel blue hue. Most flowers boast three narrow sepals and three broad petals. Two of the petals appear the same shade, whilst the third is often somewhat different in colour. Asides from their picture-perfect colours, they’re also patterned with numerous specks and markings, including a frilly edge. Most plants will yield at least one or two flowers, whilst many can grow up to ten.
Which of these spectacular blue orchids would look best in your home?
We’d love to know your favourites, or if there’s any other species out there that we may have missed out.
In case you want to try growing a blue orchid on your own, this video explains how can you colour white Phalaenopsis orchid to blue.