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WHY MY ORCHID BOUGHT WITH BLUE FLOWERS, NOW THAT IT IS REFURBISHED HAS THE FLOWERS OF DIFFERENT COLOR?
QUESTION OF EXCEPT
I have owned a phalaenopsis wanderfleur orchid with bright blue flowers for almost a year (as you can see from the photo).
At the time of purchase, the plant was in excellent condition and full of flowers and with the necessary care the flowering lasted about 3 months, over time the flowers naturally began to wither and fall. In the following six months the plant, having passed in the vegetative phase, has developed a satisfactory leaf apparatus which remains vigorous. a new sprig popped up that started growing fast, healthy and healthy. For obvious reasons I decided to cut the two old branches at the base, leaving only the new branch that had grown. Now the plant has started flowering and some flowers have sprouted from the new branch.
At this point I wonder, how is it possible that the new flowers that have been born have taken a different color from what I expected? I thought they would have been the same color as before, i.e. blue, instead these are a color between yellow and green (see photo). Could you explain to me how it is possible and if it is to be considered a normal evolution of the plant? Thanks in advance for your answers.
Ps. from the moment of purchase the plant has remained in the same soil and I do not use fertilizers. maybe i can attribute the pigmentation change to this?
I reassure you immediately: you have not done anything wrong and you have certainly used the right products and the right cultivation technique given the excellent result obtained. Why the new bloom flowers aren't blue is because that color simply doesn't exist for orchids. This means that the flowers of your orchid had been artificially colored with special substances (making real dye infusions in the flower stem) and now, the new flowering, manifests its natural color.
Sorry ... Unfortunately, these are the tricks of traders to sell more and at a higher price, since now orchids have become as common as daisies and you can find them at bargain prices everywhere. In the face of this, many traders invented orchids with blue flowers to sell at a higher price!
Dr. M. G. Davoli