The secret of the blue Orchid
Imagine a boundless glade with blue orchids cascading down the slender trees, where the warm breeze brings with it serenity. For many people, a similar image is conjured in our minds when we hear the word 'flowers,' especially, 'orchids.'
Orchids are the most coveted, ornamental plants, exotic like Malaysia and elegant like a ballerina’s grace. The delicate flowers are known to symbolize love, luxury, beauty, and strength. Blue orchids, in particular, are one of a kind and extremely rare. Aztecs and Greeks believed them to be a symbol of strength and virility.
With the gloom of COVID-19, and some terrifying world events thick in the air, we could all use some extra strength. The beauty of a deep blue orchid used in floristry usually comes from dyeing them that color. Naturally, blue orchids might be a rare sight to come across, but we are no strangers to the soothing feeling they evoke in us.
Floriculturists often use dyes to either enrich the original color or transform it into an exquisite new shade. The prospect of dyeing a flower opens the door to many possible colors that could be special to someone. Suppose it's your friend's birthday, and they adore roses. They love the color blue as it signifies a special connection to their late mother. A true blue rose does not exist in nature. However, they can be dyed to a shade of blue. The already special occasion becomes even more momentous with this simple switch.
There are a few different ways to dye flowers.
Using a Dyeing Spray
The golden tinge on flower petals comes from metallic floral sprays. Regular floral paint isn’t as gentle and harmless to the blooms as floral sprays. Lavish colors like silver, gold, and black are possible with flower sprays. A special airbrushing machine is used to sweep the color over the flowers. After drying, they are clipped and arranged in the desired presentation.
Using Absorption Dyes
Another easy method that floriculturists use is the absorption method. A large plastic vase is filled with water and food coloring. After a few hours of placing freshly cut stems in the colored water, they exhibit different shades. Floriculturists adjust the color by modifying the time the flowers spend in the water.
Using Dip Dyes
Dip dyes are used when the floriculturist wants the color to be immersed thoroughly into the flower petal. A "bath" of water, food coloring, and alum is prepared for the freshly cut flowers. The blossom is placed flower side down and given a quick wash. The flower is then kept in a container or vase to dry for several hours.
Using Tie Dyes
A variety of tie-dyed carnations and rainbow roses can be found at some florist shops. To get the desired effect, the stem is split into three sections and each section is kept in a different cup. After a few hours of keeping the flower in a cup filled with water and food coloring, it adopts the tie-dyed look.
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Flowers, natural or dyed, are a universal symbol of warmth and affection. Regardless of the situation, a vibrant flower can brighten your day within a few seconds. We adore spreading joy and comfort through our flowers. In these trying times, you could support us by ordering flowers. Make your dear ones feel incredibly loved and cared for by sending them their favorite blossoms.