The Blue Orchids - Phalaenopsis


Blue orchids

Vanda coerulea, commonly known as "blue orchid" due to the color of its flowers, is a plant belonging to the orchid family.

We owe its discovery to William Griffit, an English botanist who found it in eastern India in 1937, but only in 1847 was its existence really documented by Lindley, and in 1850 Thomas Lobb and Joseph Hooker imported the first blue orchids in England, thus introducing this species to the Anglo-Saxon orchidophiles, who were delighted by the particular color of their flowers.

The vanda coerulea is one of the species of orchids most appreciated by collectors and one of the most used to decorate the interiors of houses and apartments. It is an epiphytic orchid, as it uses other plants to grow, and evergreen. It is an easily available plant, but it requires care and dedication. It does not have pseudobulbs, vegetable organs used by plants to store energy, while its leaves can be ribbon-like, V-shaped or cylindrical. The roots are aerial and the flowers can be erect or pendulous. The color of the petals varies from blue to yellow and green, often with very particular patterns.


Features

Many species of Vanda Coeruleaa are also very fragrant. The so-called “blue orchid” blooms in summer and autumn. The shelf life of the plant is perennial. Being a "spontaneous" plant, Vanda Coerulea is very resistant to diseases, especially parasitic infestations and has the ability to adapt to adverse environmental situations. Its seeds are very fertile. These orchids produce oxygen and contribute to maintaining the right degree of humidity in the air. Furthermore, they are able to remove substances such as zylene, toulene and formaldehyde from the environment. Xylene is a noxious and flammable substance which, together with toluene, a volatile liquid with a characteristic odor, originates from chipboard, cardboard, paints, photocopiers, computer screens and petroleum. Formadeide, a substance widely used in bactericides and disinfectants, is instead produced by cigarette smoke, gas, plastic bags and nail polishes.


Cultivation

Vanda coerulea comes from tropical forests, specifically from India, Burma and Thailand. And it is known that if you want a plant to grow well, it is advisable to make sure that at least the temperature, humidity and type of soil are similar to those of its natural habitat. For this reason it is advisable to keep the orchid in a cool place, whose night temperature is from 10 to 18 ° C, while the day temperature is around 20-30 ° C.

During the summer seasons, especially if you live in countries with very poor rainfall, it should be borne in mind that the Vanda Coerulea needs a lot of watering and humidity, while in autumn and winter the plant has a rest period, so watering can be limited.

The Blue Orchid must have a lot of light throughout the year.

During the spring and summer period, the plant must be abundantly fertilized.

The substrate must be light, so a compound of bark, osmunda and sphagnum is recommended.

When you deem it necessary to repot, it is advisable only after the vegetative period and intervening exclusively on the superficial parts of the substrate. If you intend to propagate the plant, you can use the side shoots that sprout in spring and plant them in a pot prepared with an appropriate compost. During pruning it is necessary to remove only the parts without flowers.

In the rare cases in which the orchid is affected by parasitic infestations, eliminate the damaged parts, while if the leaves are soft and long, it is good to move the plant to a more humid and bright place.


The Blue Orchids: Curiosities

The name of Vanda Cerulea derives from the Indian and means "appreciated for their fragrance, shape and color". In China and in the Middle Ages it was used to ward off misfortunes, or to avoid female sterility.

The beauty of these orchids has meant that these flowers were considered a symbol of harmony and absolute spiritual perfection. Because of their swollen lip, typical of many spontaneous species, the Greeks called the Vanda Coerulea "sandal of the world".

Blue orchids are widely used in crosses, both between species of the same genus and between plants of different genera. This meant that many hybrids were created, with varied and highly appreciated shapes and colors.



Phalaenopsis orchid blue and pink

• Indoor plant
• Orchid Phalenopsis blue and pink single stem
• Height cm. 70> 80
• Blue and pink color
• Ecological protective packaging

It is a refined and elegant plant that acts as a piece of furniture in our homes. In the language of flowers the name means consideration, appreciation, friendship.

Free shipping for orders over € 99.00. Items with free shipping cannot be combined.
The times indicated refer exclusively to the service of our reference courier.

Exposure
They need a lot of light, avoid direct contact with the sun.

Watering
The clod of earth must be well wet, but it needs to dry between one wetting and the next. It fears the stagnation of water.

Fertilization
Fertilize regularly every two to three weeks by adding liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water throughout the spring and summer period.

Temperature
The ideal temperature for these plants is 15 ° C - 18 ° C.

Repotting
Irrigate by immersion once a week in summer, allowing the soil to dry out a little before carrying out new irrigations. During the winter, reduce the watering so as to let the compost dry between one and the other. Do not leave standing water in the toilet seat. Every year in spring, taking care to place draining material on the bottom of the pot (stones, coarse gravel, pieces of earthenware), do not use containers that are too large, but of measures suitable for the size of the orchid.

Topsoil
It is better to use specific soil for orchids. The pH must be around 6.

Cleaning
With a slightly damp cloth.

Pathologies
The leaves wither and the flowers suffer if the temperature is too high and the pot soil remains dry for too long. Conversely, excessive watering, especially when the temperature is too low, causes roots and bulbs to rot.

Is the plant I see in the photo the same as the one I will receive?

Of course, all the images inside Lezio.it were photographed directly by our staff using the plants present in the company.

However, the size and general appearance of the single plant may vary depending on the season and the period in which they are purchased. Being living organisms each single plant has its own bearing and its color which may differ slightly from the photo published in our catalog.

How do you ship the plant?

Shipments are made from Monday to Thursday, this is essential to avoid that the couriers leave the plant in storage, compromising its freshness in some conditions the shipment is limited to Wednesday, (for example in the case of deliveries to disadvantaged areas or islands).

How is the plant packaged?

Particular care and attention is paid to the packaging Lezio and its staff constantly strive to offer the ideal packaging and at the same time guarantee the delivery of the plant in excellent condition.

For Lezio, the word "packaging"is synonymous with elegance, safety, but also with sustainability. Constantly committed to a solid program of social responsibility and environmental protection, Lezio offers a entirely eco-sustainable and biodegradable packaging, eliminating or minimizing (when necessary) the use of plastic.

Can I add a ticket?

Absolutely yes! During the purchase process (on the page where you will enter your data) you will find a special section to enter your dedication otherwise you can write the text of the ticket directly in the order notes.

The dedication, that our staff will write for you by hand, will make your gift even more special.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cymbidium spp. Dendrobium spp. Odontoglossum spp. Paphiopedilum spp. Phalaenopsis spp. Vanda spp. Oncidium spp.
COMMON NAME: Orchid
FAMILY: ORCHIDACEAE
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Tropical countries

Orchids are a vast group of plants, distributed throughout the world, comprising 750 genera and nearly 20,000 species of herbaceous plants. They are very fascinating plants especially for the very particular flowers with rather unusual shapes and colors. Contrary to popular belief they are not at all difficult to cultivate, in reality they are very rustic and hardly die. About half of the species are terrestrial, that is, they live in the soil. The remainder are epiphytes, that is, they do not grow in the ground, but live by attaching themselves to the branches of trees, shrubs and also to rocky surfaces thanks to their aerial roots.


Phalaenopsis blue orchid

• Indoor plant
• Single stem blue Phalenopsis orchid
• Height cm. 70> 80
• Blue color
• Ecological protective packaging

It is a refined and elegant plant that acts as a piece of furniture in our homes. In the language of flowers the name means consideration, appreciation, friendship.

Free shipping for orders over € 99.00. Items with free shipping cannot be combined.
The times indicated refer exclusively to the service of our reference courier.

Exposure
They need a lot of light, avoid direct contact with the sun.

Watering
The clod of earth must be well wet, but it needs to dry between one wetting and the next. It fears the stagnation of water.

Fertilization
Fertilize regularly every two to three weeks by adding liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water throughout the spring and summer period.

Temperature
The ideal temperature for these plants is 15 ° C - 18 ° C.

Repotting
Irrigate by immersion once a week in summer, allowing the soil to dry out a little before carrying out new irrigations. During the winter, reduce the watering so as to let the compost dry between one and the other. Do not leave standing water in the toilet seat. Every year in spring, taking care to place draining material on the bottom of the pot (stones, coarse gravel, pieces of earthenware), do not use containers that are too large, but of measures suitable for the size of the orchid.

Topsoil
It is better to use specific soil for orchids. The pH must be around 6.

Cleaning
With a slightly damp cloth.

Pathologies
The leaves wither and the flowers suffer if the temperature is too high and the pot soil remains dry for too long. Conversely, excessive watering, especially when the temperature is too low, causes roots and bulbs to rot.

Is the plant I see in the photo the same as the one I will receive?

Of course, all the images inside Lezio.it were photographed directly by our staff using the plants present in the company.

However, the size and general appearance of the single plant may vary depending on the season and the period in which they are purchased. Being living organisms each single plant has its own bearing and its color which may differ slightly from the photo published in our catalog.

How do you ship the plant?

Shipments are made from Monday to Thursday, this is essential to prevent couriers from leaving the plant in storage, compromising its freshness in some conditions, the shipment is limited to Wednesday, (for example in the case of deliveries to disadvantaged areas or islands).

How is the plant packaged?

Particular care and attention is paid to the packaging Lezio and its staff constantly strive to offer the ideal packaging and at the same time guarantee the delivery of the plant in excellent condition.

For Lezio, the word "packaging"is synonymous with elegance, safety, but also with sustainability. Constantly committed to a solid program of social responsibility and environmental protection, Lezio offers a entirely eco-sustainable and biodegradable packaging, eliminating or minimizing (when necessary) the use of plastic.

Can I add a ticket?

Absolutely yes! During the purchase process (on the page where you will enter your data) you will find a special section to enter your dedication otherwise you can write the text of the ticket directly in the order notes.

The dedication, that our staff will write for you by hand, will make your gift even more special.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cymbidium spp. Dendrobium spp. Odontoglossum spp. Paphiopedilum spp. Phalaenopsis spp. Vanda spp. Oncidium spp.
COMMON NAME: Blue orchid
FAMILY: ORCHIDACEAE
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Tropical countries

Orchids are a vast group of plants, distributed throughout the world, comprising 750 genera and nearly 20,000 species of herbaceous plants. They are very fascinating plants especially for the very particular flowers with rather unusual shapes and colors. Contrary to popular belief they are not at all difficult to cultivate, in reality they are very rustic and hardly die. About half of the species are terrestrial, that is, they live in the soil. The remainder are epiphytes, that is, they do not grow in the ground, but live by attaching themselves to the branches of trees, shrubs and also to rocky surfaces thanks to their aerial roots.


For information, requests or visits to the greenhouses of the nursery
you can contact me at: 340.5149139
or through the following form.

The company "The orchids of Lake Maggiore", currently located on the Piedmontese shore of the lake in Belgirate (near the renowned Stresa), was founded in 1991 after a few years of amateur cultivation. The rapid increase of its production activity soon makes it necessary to move from the Belgirate greenhouses, where the activity had started, to a new headquarters in Comnago di Lesa, where it develops on an area of ​​1000 square meters of greenhouses reserved for botanical orchids and selected hybrids of cattleya is phalaenopsis, as well as bromeliads, especially tillandsias.

In 2012, a series of personal events led to the closure of part of the company and, from a logistical point of view, a return to the origins: the historic greenhouses of Belgirate (for the moment four out of six), where it all began, are in fact, you return to new life. Several new plants and some historic ones that survived the closure of the Comnago office, with the addition of acquisitions from private collections, helped to revive the old structures. It was not easy to accustom the plants after more than ten years to conditions different from those in the past but, as we know, orchids are strong and adaptable plants and sooner or later they manage to find their vital balance again.

But the restructuring of the company was not just logistics. The change of location was also accompanied by a profound rethinking of its policy: the production of hybrids, in particular of phalaenopsis, for commercial and wholesale purposes, the current size of the business has been almost completely abandoned and the study of the changing needs of the market has prompted us to instead move towards the world of botanical orchids and hybrids for collectors. IS
attention has also been increased to other botanical genera such as bromeliads, in particular tillandsias, and carnivorous plants. And there is no shortage, visible on site, botanical curiosities or plant rarities that can certainly stimulate the interest of enthusiasts in this regard, not all plants are grown in quantities to be considered real productions, but simply to meet the needs of collectors.

In addition to the plants present in the greenhouses, a large garden full of exotic essences and vegetable curiosities can be visited by appointment. After a few years of testing, a small crop of Camelia sinensis for the production of green tea bancha. The Bed & Breakfast housed in the manor house allows you to visit the company, the lake or, if you wish, simply stay and immerse yourself in the nature of these places.

For some years we have been organizing courses on the cultivation of orchids in particular, both on site and in some local realities that request them. From the experience gained in recent years, a series of events and creations for hotels or trade fairs are being promoted in collaboration with a well-known Flower Designer from Milan. On request, supplies for shops and events are still carried out.

Copyright © 2021 The Orchids of Lake Maggiore by Luigi Callini. VAT number. 02310020033 - All rights reserved.


The fake blue orchids

Warning: do not confuse the authentic Vanda Coerulea with the commune Phalaenopsis, very common on the market, but artificially colored.

In nature, there are only Phalaenopsis specimens characterized by a lilac or purple color tending to blue, but not the blue that we normally find in nurseries and florist shops.

To color them blue, we start from a common white plant and inject the artificial pigment at the base of a stem on which the flower buds are already present.
Sometimes the point where the injection took place is clearly visible in the plants for sale and manifests itself as a blue spot with a small hole of about 2 mm in the center.

The coloring lasts two or three months but, at the new flowering, the petals will completely lose their shades of blue for return to their natural color.

In commerce, it is also possible to find artificial dyes with which you can carry out this operation yourself, but I do not recommend it, since the plants would suffer.
Moreover, it is scientifically proven that plants are sensitive beings and this treatment would be a real torture for them.

How to grow blue orchids

If like me you have received this flower as a gift, you will certainly have appreciated it for its beauty and particular color.

To do it last a long time, the plant needs adequate care and attention, like all orchids. If you are good, however, it will also be able to adapt to the most adverse environmental situations and resist disease.

Generally, the blue orchid must be placed in a place from microclimate similar to the wet and cool one from which the species comes, therefore with a night temperature between 10 and 18 ° C and daytime between 20 and 30 ° C.

Throughout the year, make sure they don't you never miss the light of the sun, especially important. However, position it so that it is not directly hit by the rays, so as not to risk burning flowers and buds.

In summer, you can also put it outdoors, paying attention not only to the sun, but also to the sun air currents. In winter, however, it is preferable to move it indoors in a damp room, such as the kitchen.

If you want to start from seeds for the cultivation of blue orchids, consider that the best soil is the light type, for example a compound of bark, osmunda and sphagnum.
However, I do not recommend that you plant them in the ground, because it is preferable to always cultivate them in jar. Use ceramic or plastic pots, tall but not too wide.

Watering of blue orchids

Being tropical plants, blue orchids are able to absorb and use the humidity present in the environment.

Ours, however, is not a tropical climate, so it is necessary water the plant on average a couple of times a week, using water at room temperature to avoid thermal shock. Do not wet the leaves and flowers directly, but just irrigate the soil.
In winter, watering every fortnight is also sufficient.

Other cares for blue orchids

A very important operation is the pruning, to be carried out at each flowering to allow the subsequent flowering. Doing so will allow the plant to bloom again within 3 - 4 months and last a few years.

A possible operation of propagation instead it should be attempted only in spring, perhaps on the occasion of a repotting.
To do this, you can use the new ones bulbs generated, manually dividing and burying them. The plant also independently generates new seedlings, called keiki, which can be detached and planted.

Blue orchids are quite lush plants and, if grown in good soil, they generally don't need fertilizing.
However, during the re-flowering phase I recommend using a fertilizer specific to provide the necessary nourishment and facilitate the regrowth process.

Diseases of blue orchids

Blue orchids are plants that naturally grow spontaneous, so they are quite resistant to disease.

However, if you keep them outdoors, they can be attacked by snails, who are particularly fond of it. To avoid this, use a special deterrent to spread around or on the pot.

The orchid is also subject to being affected by cochineal, a fairly widespread parasite.
In this case, remedy with a special one pesticide to be sprayed directly on the plant.

Tips for buying blue orchids

Blue orchids are usually more expensive compared to common-colored varieties, such as white or pink. A medium-sized plant can cost around 40 - 50 euros.

If you buy the adult plant, avoid those with central stem: this defect does not allow correct growth in height.
Also avoid the specimens whose leaves are of a dull green, an indication of poor stamina and health.

For the care of the plant, you can buy on Amazon all the products you need, such as supplements and fertilizers:
• Seramis substrate for orchids
• Optimus Liquid Fertilizer
• Orchid complete treatment spray.


They number about 30 species of orchid moths, which are distinguished by the eye-catching colors of the flowers and by their elegant and distinctly decorative bearing.

Phalaenopsis amabilis

There Amabilis it is one of the less easy varieties of these orchids to grow due to the particular cultivation needs. They have characteristic white flowers with a lateral lobed lip characterized by yellow and red shades.

Phalaenopsis fasciata

Endemic to the Philippine Islands, this variety is characterized by small flowers and dark yellow as the prevailing color tone.

Phalaenopsis equistris

Native to the Philippines and Taiwan, it is among the most widespread varieties and cultivated even by the less experienced thanks to the reduced cultivation requirements and the beauty of the colored inflorescences.

Phalaenopsis liodoro

The variety Liodoro it is another type of orchid widespread for its ease of cultivation at all latitudes and appreciated for its particular and pleasant scent.

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

This variety is appreciated for its abundant blooms and for the particular mottled leaves that characterize it.


Video: How to Succeed with Phalaenopsis Orchids


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