Blue orchid, common name of the flower called by experts "Vanda coerulea", belongs to the orchid family but stands out among its numerous “colleagues” flowers for its uncommon color. Let's see its characteristics, how to cultivate it and how to interpret it. Why theblue orchid also has a deep meaning and ancient that we are going to discover not before understanding how this plant is made and why it is blue. Above all, what kind of blue?
Blue orchid: flower
This flower uses other plants to grow, which is why it is part of the category of epiphytic flowers. It is an evergreen orchid and it is not difficult to find, contrary to what one might think when hearing the color. The difficulties come later: once you find one blue orchid then it is necessary to learn to take care of it and dedicate time and energy to it.
The leaves are ribbon-shaped and it has no pseudobulbs, used vegetable organs, the roots are "visible" but everyone often looks only at its flowers which deserve to be immortalized at every moment of their development. There are both erect and pendulous and the petals can show off particular patterns while maintaining the prevailing blue tint.
Blue orchid: meaning
There vanda coerulea it has always been a symbol of beauty and perfection, plus it gives off a delicious perfume for which it has an irresistible charm and everyone recognizes it.
The scientific name of the blue orchid, "Vanda Coerulea", in Indian it means "appreciated for their fragrance, shape and color", is also known in China since ancient times, in the Middle Ages it was particularly appreciated because it was thought it could ward off the most terrible misfortunes and avoid female infertility.
Observing the shape of the flower, the presence of a swollen lip, the Greeks nicknamed it "sandal of the world", in more modern times these orchids have begun to be used for crossings both between species of the same genus and between plants of different genera, giving birth to many hybrids to the delight of those who love to indulge themselves by growing flowers of various shapes and colors.
Blue orchid: how to care
Symbol of perfect beauty, theblue orchid however, it must be known to cultivate to perfection so that in summer and autumn it blooms worthily, as everyone expects it to do. If we are good growers, the plant turns out to be perennial and also quite resistant to diseases, generally manages to adapt to even the most adverse environmental situations.
If we start from the seeds, we can be optimistic because they are very fertile, then the plant should be hosted in a place that has a microclimate similar to the humid and cool one from which the blue orchid comes. This means that the night temperature can be between 10 and 18 ° C and the daytime between 20 and 30 ° C.
In the summer for safety, especially if we are in an area with a hot climate, let's bathe it often, which is not so strictly necessary in autumn and winter. All year round, however, it is essential that you never lack light of the sun, not too fierce, in summer, but always present.
The best soil forblue orchid it is the light type, as can be a compound of bark, osmunda and sphagnum. In case of parasitic infestations, we can save our orchid by first removing the damaged parts and then moving the plant to a more humid and brighter place.
Blue orchid: price
Because blue, this flower can cost slightly more than other similar but less exceptional colors, we always are around 40-50 euros generally, with the exception of plants with particularly giant dimensions.
Blue orchid: dye
The dye does not do much good for plants, and above all what I recommend is to buy directly the one of the color you want, including blue, perhaps asking for help from an expert and using products like this. supplement for orchids, purchasable also online on Amazon for € 6.80.
Blue and light blue orchid
In the west l'Blue orchid came thanks to William Griffit, an English botanist who found it in eastern India in 1837. In 1847 its existence was made official in 1850 Thomas Lobb and Joseph Hooker brought the first specimens in England making Anglo-Saxon orchidophiles fall in love with this new color. The blue orchid is still one of the most popular with both collectors and the layman.
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