Blue roses are awesome and they had a mythical stature as well. They are not naturally produced because of the lack of a gene for creating blue pigment. In fiction stories, in mythological stories, and in fairy tales; we have heard a lot about blue roses. They are a symbol of love, prosperity, and the unattainable. For decades, breeders have attempted to produce a blue rose with the true blue color, as maintaining blue rose bushes, much like removing pine trees, it can be quite a difficult task.
Thankfully, we achieved limited success with the shade of lilac and mauve; still these colors are not true blue. However, blue roses can be produced by coloring or dyeing white roses. If a gene with blue pigment would be introduced in future, then we’ll be able to produce roses with true blue shade; via genetic engineering.
Our blue and red rose bushes, as well as our 3 large pine trees, have gotten completely out of control in the past month. So not only is the color hard to get right, but so is the maintenance. We called Port Orange Tree Service to make these repairs, and their tree trimming in Port Orange, FL was outstanding. When they were done, our rose bushes, our pine trees, and our entire landscape was absolutely amazing!
The First Blue Roses
But before we could ever have blue rose bushes, they had to be created. The first blue roses were made by the blue dye which introduced through the roots. This was first recorded and documented in the twelfth century. The same process is now duplicated by modern horticulturists. This process is still in use to produce blue roses.
Blue Dye or Blue Food Coloring
Blue dye is also commonly applied directly to the white roses, giving them an artificial blue appearance. Such roses have a bright, vibrant blue shade that is appealing to the eyes, but usually unavailable in roses. Blue food coloring or blue dye is dissolved in water, then cut roses are added to absorb the dye as well as to gradually accept a blue shade.
For hundreds of years, horticulturists, tree service companies, and breeders have experimented with roses to breed blue colored roses. Until recently, it wasn’t fully understood why this was extremely hard or not possible. As per the researches, it is clear that roses don’t produce blue pigment; so it is impossible to get the blue color naturally through genetic engineering. All efforts are unsuccessful till date, although horticulturists have managed to generate roses with purplish or mauve color, and a lot of them are marketed as blue roses.
Finally: The First Genetically Modified Blue Rose
Not long ago, Suntory corporation, Japan, produced world’s 1st blue rose (genetically engineered); in collaboration with Florigene corporation (Australian company). They grafted in genes from the petunia (flower). This spliced gene allows the plant to produce a blue pigment. This is an indication that may be in future we will be able to produce nature blue roses. From the market point of view, red roses are extremely common, which clearly states that blue roses would be less demanding and expensive if introduced, but no one can predict the future.
So all the way down south at our home in Port Orange, FL we finally have beautiful palm trees and and yes, blue rose bushes. They are just as beautiful as you see in the fairy tales, and we even consider our home in Port Orange somewhat of a fairy tale!
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