Wordless Wednesday – Blue Mystique Orchids #WW

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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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  1. says

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

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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.

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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

    • says

      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.

  3. says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  4. Hikari says

    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.

    • says

      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…

  5. Taichigrl says

    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.

  6. Misty says

    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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