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Not even close

Personally, I couldn't care less whether there's a blue rose or not, but please don't try to pawn this off as one. Bleh!

Posted by on November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am, in the category Everybody's a Critic.
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18 responses to “Not even close”

  1. 'nora says:

    Cultural perceptions of colour are indeed variable (and a fascinating study) but to my eye, that rose is no more or less blue than some of the existing mauve roses, so I wonder how much that actually factors in. I’d be rather depressed that 20 years of tinkering with genetic engineering had only gotten me to that shade, were I one of the Suntory people.

  2. Kim says:

    I’ve seen bluer (lavender) roses in our supermarket (which means they aren’t aristocrats), and they have a heady aroma. That rose in the video is more mauve than blue.

  3. joene says:

    Ahhh … the quest for the almighty $$ marches on. Is there any other reason to genetically engineer a rose of a different color – even “blue” one?

  4. Pam J. says:

    Commenters sometimes say the most interesting things. “color perception is culturally influenced” says Kat. I googled around a bit and found a number of scientific articles on this subject. My brief reading of the abstracts is that some studies absolutely support this idea. I’ve ALWAYS wondered if what I call blue is what another person calls blue. The answer, my friend, is apparently in the culture around us. I’m giving Thanksgiving for small but fascinating factoids like this one.

  5. Hilda says:

    On my monitor, it looked like lavender-pink.

  6. Phrago says:

    That is one Ugly rose. I noticed that the people smelling it didn’t dip down for a second sniff. So, like so many of the hybrids made in the last thirty years, probably not a decent fragrence either. Strike two. I’ll keep my $30.00 a stem, Thanks… Patrick

  7. Karen says:

    Agreed. I actually do quite like the color of this rose. I groove on those desaturated, mauve-y tones — to me they’re evocative of antique photographs, faded silks, bygone elegance, and anything that can engage my imagination that way would be welcome in my garden. But blue? Um, no.

  8. John says:

    I’m not sure why the quest for a blue rose when there are so many true blue flowers out there.

    I do find it funny that they’ll spend so much time and money to develop a blue rose and put it into the marketplace and the next week some florist just adds blue dye to the vase and gets a better effect.

  9. The Emperor’s new rose!

  10. I don’t find its sullen color remotely attractive and it’s not blue.

  11. I’m with you Matt — I would have thought it would be simple, but from what I understand, even getting this close to blue was extremely difficult. I think it does come down to a cellular pH thing, but I’m not totally sure.

  12. Kat says:

    I’m not sure if it’s relevant to this case, but color perception is culturally influenced. Maybe, to the Japanese eye and language, the roses are indeed blue.
    I’ll take the standard red, though, thanks!

  13. luise h. says:

    Huh? Maybe they are colorblind.The problem with off color Roses:They look weird.I saw some pale purple Roses in Germany this Summer.They looked ashen.Not what I would expect for the money.But,to each his own.

  14. cactusmcharris says:

    Blue cacti (see Pilosocereus), yes, blue roses, I hope not.

  15. Matt says:

    haha, definitely not blue.

    i really don’t get what’s so difficult about this… The anthocyanin pathway is very well characterized and a blue pigment is a blue pigment. maybe the redox/pH conditions of rose cells destabilize the blue anthocyanin molecules… (like how soil pH affects hydrangea flower color)

    Anthocyanin molecules are pretty amazing though – they can have almost identical molecular structure to each other (except for the placement of one or two hydrogren atoms) and be completely different colors.

  16. Amy Stewart says:

    This is the breeder I interviewed in Flower Confidential–yeah, they quickly discovered that implanting the gene that makes blue pigment was only the beginning. There’s a lot more chemistry involved than that. It’s a lilac rose, but not blue.

    They used the same technology to breed these carnations, which I often see in grocery stores:

    http://www.florigene.com/products/index.php

  17. Boo, (not boo-hoo, just boo) not blue!