Blue roses do not exist naturally because the blue gene – delphinidin – is not present in the rose plant. A Japanese company Suntory used genetic modification to create the first real blue roses but they are actually a lilac purple shade instead of true blue. Hence when you see blue roses today, it is almost certainly a white rose dyed blue.
We have done our fair share of blue roses arrangements, dyeing white roses with blue colouring. Similar to the primary school experiment where we put flowers in food grade colouring and watch the flower petals change colour after absorbing the coloured dye. However, it does take some skill and experience to get the recipe just right in order to produce a nice shade of blue rose.
For the purpose of this blog – here is a negative example of what we don’t want to end up with when we dye our blue roses. The blue rose is speckled, with blue dots on the petals. This is NOT our ideal standard.
*Disclaimer – this blue rose was dye in a hurry, just to create a sample mock up for a customer. It was never meant to be the actual product.
The pictures below depict how we prefer our blue roses to look like, if customers order about 5-7 days in advance. The roses have a fairly even shade of medium-light blue. When we dye a bundle of white roses, each stalk of rose is a work of nature, hence different stalks of roses may end up slightly different in terms of how evenly the blue tone turns out, or how dark the blue colour emerges.
We prepared these blue roses for table centerpieces at a Bar Mitzvah (a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish boy at the age of 13 when he takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult). Blue for boy – hence the special request for blue roses.
We do have another type of premium quality blue rose – however these require at least 2-3 weeks pre-order in advance. As you can observe in the picture below, our premium blues have 2 distinct qualities. Firstly, the blue colour tone is more even with no speckles. Secondly, the blue shade is deeper and richer.
In order to produce this premium quality blue rose, we need to start with very fresh, good quality white roses, which we prefer to import them directly from overseas suppliers. Hence the longer lead time needed for such orders. In the picture below, you can see that we used these premium blue roses for a wedding proposal bouquet ordered by our customer for his engagement.
Generally blue flowers are more expensive, e.g. hydrangeas, delphiniums, and blue roses unfortunately do not exist in nature. If you want to send some blue flowers to a friend or family, the next best alternative is to opt for blue roses. When dyed properly and arranged in a bouquet by skilled hands, they can look most mesmerizing and magical!