Dye-Infused Anthuriums Generating Buzz
Silver Vase introduced a blue dye-infused orchid earlier this year in 'Blue Mystique.' Now, coming out of the FloraHolland Trade Fair in the Netherlands, a European breeder is offering blue and yellow dye-infused anthuriums.
December 6, 2011
Dye-infused orchids have been a subject of interest - and some controversy - this year among breeders, growers and others. In Europe, one breeder is infusing blue and yellow dye into anthuriums that keep their color for at least two months before the original white returns to the plant.
RijnPlant Breeding introduced a dye-infused blue anthurium a year ago. This year, it unveiled a yellow version, 'Princess Alexia Yellow,' that's a compact anthurium with an abundance of bright yellow flowers and an equally yellow spadix. Flowers are tulip-shaped and contrast sharply against the near-black leaf. The anthurium can withstand temperatures down to 53°F and is suitable as a patio plant. Being yellow, it's ideal for Easter holiday sales.
RijnPlant indicates Princess Alexia anthuriums currently are not available to growers in the United States, but it's possible they could be made available in coming years.
What do you think of the yellow anthuriums? How about the dye-infusion process? Chime in below with a comment.
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