Wordless Wednesday – Blue Mystique Orchids #WW

I saw this blue orchid plant and was so going to dish out $30 to get one. Good thing I decided to do some research first – they may look cool but after they die they grow back white. Bummer!

Blue Mystique OrchidBlue Mystique Orchid

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TerriAnn van Gosliga is the main writer at Cookies & Clogs and Driving Mamas. Born & raised in the SF Bay Area but loves to travel. She's been married to her best friend for almost 14 years, homeschools her 13-year-old daughter, and has an accident-prone lab mix dog.


  1. That’s gorgeous! Too bad they don’t grow back the same!

  2. Hey, that’s kinda like a bait and switch! What a naughty plant!

  3. Oh it’s beautiful when it’s blue! How sad that it just doesn’t last! Pricey!

  4. Beautiful! I think I would be happy with the white though!;)

  5. They sure are pretty :)

  6. oh boo! It’s super unique!

  7. Gorgeous! This is going to sound terrible, but I didn’t realize orchids grow back! I’ve been chucking them after they die. Lordy!

    • AHAHAHAAHAHAHH! Ahem, sorry for that slight outburst :) Yes, they can come back and are sometimes more beautiful than the first bloom, in the right hands of course. So next time someone dishes out some good dough to buy you an orchid plant, dont’ toss it right away. Cut the stem and wait for the next year.

  8. Pretty though. I can never get orchids to come back at all. Usually mine just die.

    • Me too. I’ve tried but just cannot keep them going. One time a friend of mine ‘babysat’ my orchids until they regenerated and they actually grew back. But then I killed it later :P

  9. They are beautiful. I love Orchids. Not sure I have seen the blue ones.

  10. I wonder what they give it to make it blue in the first place? Might be worth checking into since it is just a white orchid to begin with.

    • You can see the website addy in the picture to the right. I honestly didn’t really ‘get’ it and a rep from the company actually posted a comment below about it. Very interesting stuff though.

  11. Carolyn g says:

    Those are beautiful but such a shame they don;t grow back blue.

  12. See I would have bought it without reading that. That’s crazy!

    • Shh, don’t tell your readers that! They’d be shocked to know you impulse buy! No, I almost bought it but I happened to have my hubby with me who, ahem, suggested I check it out first.

  13. It is really pretty, it would be pretty in white too!

  14. That is so beautiful!

  15. Beautiful, but wow that’s crazy they don’t come back blue.

  16. That is beautiful, I am glad you said the thing about them growing back white, I would have been bummed if I dished out the money and didn’t know that.

    • I know, right? That was the thing I was concerned about and the Safeway florist lady had no clue. I’m glad I happened to snap theses shots so I could check out their website at home.

  17. More lovely photos… always enjoy your pictures! <3

    • Thanks. I had to do quite a bit of work on these though because I just took a quick pic on my iPhone in the grocery store. The lighting was horrible and I didn’t it quick so I wouldn’t get in trouble :P

  18. Always pay to research, although white would be beautiful too.

  19. How long do they stay bloomed blue? They’re beautiful!

  20. Those are pretty! You don’t see blue flowers too often…

  21. Oh, those are pretty!

  22. Wow, those are gorgeous!

  23. Wow! That is really beautiful

  24. You really have to love orchids. But those are very beautiful, almost unreal.

  25. Very cool- but what a bummer it comes back white. What’s up with that?

  26. That is a beautiful orchid–are they dyed to get them to be blue and that’s why they come back white? So weird!

    • It’s some kind of special technological process but with it not re-blooming that color, it almost seems like it’s still in the experimenting phase versus a final breakthrough.

  27. Hi,
    Great to see such positive reactions!
    The ‘Blue Mystique’ and their sister plants, “Lilac Mystique”, are produced by our company , Westerlay Orchids, here on the West Coast.
    We infuse white orchids through a patented technique that we license from the Netherlands. With proper care, they will as long as a any phalaenopsis in flower (2+ months). After that the dye is wholly absorbed in the plant and it will re-flower white.

    • Thank you for coming by my site and reading my post. Based on your email I knew you had to be related to something Dutch (my daughter went to one school name De Toveraars in Etten-Leur). I think the sad part is that some may be willing to buy the orchid even at inflated prices, not knowing it doesn’t grow back that color.

    • Hm…Then we can’t get it to bloom blue again. I don’t think it is worth it. It’s very pretty though.

  28. Yes these are really cool. Nice!

  29. Ahahahah! Of course they won’t grow back blue! Using dye to change a flower’s color as existed since Mesopotamia. This is one of history’s oldest pieces of common knowledge. And it’s basic 1st grade science. If you want it to be blue when it grows back you just add more dye to the soil. You can also make it fluorescent if you want.

    • This is not dyed by adding color to the soil like you would in a school experiment with colored water. Various plants also respond differently to various minerals in the ground such as hyacinths, making them blue, purple, white, or pink. These are advertised as a new process in germination, affecting the buds and initial stage of growth…

  30. Indigo Orchids are a rip-off. The one I bought had a small nick in the stem and when I touched it the
    blue dye, which I assume is food dye, came off on my finger. Spread the word….don’t waste your money.

  31. I thought it was Hydrangeas that changed color by lime or aluminum to change the Ph. Anywho, my husband bought a Blue Mystic for me and they are beautiful. The dye is injected into the roots. It’s kind of a rip off but still very beautiful.

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