Just in time for Christmas, my Rhynchostylis coelestis 'Blue' began to open its first ever blooms from twin spikes. I purchased this one as a seedling almost 5 years ago. It was very small when purchased and I doubted that it would survive. However, it slowly grew to flowering size and then quite suddenly had a burst of growth, throwing out twin spikes quite surprisingly. I had kept this species before, several years ago, but that was the pink variety. I had always been a little skeptical of the blue colouration of this variety, given that most 'blues' are actually purple, but this one is pretty close to true blue. Fragrance is subtle. It is most pleasing. I am also cultivating a large compot of Vanda coerulea seedlings that I deflasked in August. Perhaps in another five years or so I will get to report on their first blue flowers too.
|Rhynchostylis coelestis 'Blue' 30 Dec 21|