Dye-Infused Anthuriums Generating Buzz

'Princess Alexia' anthurium

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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2 comments on “Dye-Infused Anthuriums Generating Buzz

  1. Don Eberly

    How about a wide-ranging focus group to determine consumer opinion about these types of plants? Does anyone know of an official focus group planned surrounding dyed varieties? Our firm conducts focus groups for clients sometimes, and the data is almost always insightful and valuable, offering a much better picture than industry professionals' opinions alone.

  2. Lucas Jaksic

    I think if they want to screw with the colours that were naturally assigned then they should have their body parts dyed with ink. See how they like it. We already make enough new colours with hybridization; this dyeing of plants is ridiculous and not necessary. In other words DON'T BUY THESE DYED PLANTS.