Roses are red. Yellow. Pink. White and even Orange. But have you ever heard of blue roses!? No. That’s because blue roses don’t just exist. Indeed, it would have made a great addition to the incredible beauty of the rose family. In fact, it will. Advancement in biotechnology research has made growing blue roses a reality. You could probably be sending a bunch of fresh blue roses from Arena Flowers to your special some one for Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Engagement or for those special romantic occasions soon!
Rose for long has been an epitome of love and beauty. It is an extraordinary flower of delicate grace and enchantment. Roses have so many different shades and each of these shades symbolises specific meanings. While red roses signify romance, white roses are for innocence and purity, pink is for happiness and joy, orange suggests passion and enthusiasm and yellow is for friendship. Now what does blue rose stand for?
Apparently, as with the enigma associated with growing the flower, it stands for mystery!!! But the real mystery is will there ever be blue roses in the bouquets you send out to your loved ones? Probably! Thanks to the industrious collaboration of Suntory, a Japanese Distiller and Australian Biotechnology firm Florigene, a subsidiary of Suntory, blue roses could be a commercial reality.
The quest for producing blue roses has been a holy grail to rose breeders for many years. Although, it is possible to buy blue roses in the market, these flowers don’t just exist in nature. Often, it is a bunch of white roses which are dyed to achieve the special blue colour. But think about the environmental impact of buying dyed roses rather than fresh flowers. Nevertheless, rapid progress in the field of biotechnology has helped researchers from Suntory and Florigene to genetically modify the gene of an enzyme called “delphinidin” which is found to be missing in roses. Florigene has managed to infuse this particular enzyme to the rose plant, thereby growing 100 % fresh blue roses. We couldn’t resist attaching a ‘flower gene’ diagram to help you grow blue roses in your garden!
With a bloom available to celebrate every emotion, it probably explains roses’ giant market share of $10 billion a year in the fresh-cut flower industry. Now the newer addition of blue roses, might just fuel up the market share to soar to further high levels. It will even bring an added challenge to Ronald, our flower buyer from the great flower country, who has the biggest responsibility of sourcing the freshest ethical flowers from Holland!
Until the mystery of producing fresh blue roses is solved, we strongly suggest you to send your messages of Romance, Friendship, Happiness etc through our incredible range of fresh roses. Don’t worry we too have an amazing range of fresh hand-tied flower arrangements for every occasion!
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