The Blue Orchid: A Rare and Colorful Challenge
One of the most rare orchids, as well as one of the most coveted, is the blue orchid. While it is available for purchase on the Internet it is still one of the most difficult and most expensive orchids to find. Blue orchids are actually not true blue in color, however, have hues of light blue and purple in their petals. Not only that, you can pretty much throw everything you previously knew about caring for orchids out the door when nurturing blue orchids. Their flowering season is different as well as watering and fertilizing habits, which will force you to change your gardening routine.
Blue Orchids and Blooms
The great thing about blue orchids is that they will flower for up to three times per year in healthy situations. This is rare compared to other orchids that only bloom once per year if that. They have a definite growing season and while in bloom require much more maintenance than traditional orchids. Fertilizing and watering regimens are more frequent and will need daily attention.
When Blue Orchids Are Dormant
When blue orchids are not in bloom, it is not necessary to water as frequently as when they are flowering. Once per week should be sufficient for blue orchids during off seasons. Fertilizer mixes should also only be applied once per month and no more than that. Use a lesser amount of fertilizer during this time period or dilute a fertilizer solution while watering.
Blue orchids bloom in the winter months and throughout the spring. The great thing about blue orchids is that they will begin to show signs of new flower growths as late as December. They can even tolerate frost weather and will still thrive. During these months, it is important to water on an almost daily basis to ensure that their soil is consistently moist, rather than their usual weekly feeding. Fertilizer should also be provided to blue orchids at a higher concentration than normal. Whether it is a commercial or natural form of orchid food, increase the amount so that it is double of what you would give during the off-season.
Extreme Heat When They Flower
For the most part, blue orchids need not only heated environments while in bloom, they will also need extreme, direct sunlight to really blossom to their full potential. If they are potted, which is the best option for blue orchid gardening, move them to areas of your garden where they will have the most amount of direct sunlight throughout the day. If you are not able to do so, find a spot in your home where they will be near windows that will provide the most amount of light on a regular basis. Move them outside whenever possible so that they have enough airflow while still being sheltered from extreme winds.
Patience Is a Virtue
Even though blue orchids will bloom several times throughout the year, taking care of them will still take some time. Follow the instructions for the fertilizer and remember that they will bloom in time with care.