You can purchase Blue Mystique at Home Depot, but you better enjoy the blue hued blooms while they last. You see, the elusive blue orchid is a phony baloney. It is not a blue blooming plant.
Silver Vase CEO Andrew Bartha had this to say about his creation: “Blue Mystique is the result of a carefully protected process that infuses white orchids with a special medium.”
In layman's terms, it is dyed. Sure, the application and the dye medium itself was a pretty tough thing to perfect, but the medium is short lived and the following bloom cycle will result in white flowers.
I watched 2 women pour over this guy in the tropicals section. It did look pretty fabulous with its blue self, just sitting there, gloating. They each grabbed one and plopped down $30 for EACH of them!
For $30, that orchid better do windows, in my house. You can buy a TREE for $30. Now, I know it's all relative, what is worth $30 to you may not be worth it to me. It is a free world and you can spend your money any way you want to.
But did they know that the blue-ness was fake? After listening to the conversation, I don't think so. They were blue duped. It made me sad. Should I have told them? Would they have believed me? Would Home Depot have appreciated me blowing their sales?
In the long run, I truly believe it is not the retailer but the breeder and the consumer who need to be honest and educated. I mean, how often have we heard, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is"?
In the same light, breeders are infusing Anthuriums with dye so they bloom blue and now yellow. The Anthurium is the type of bloom that only a mother could love, if you ask me. Also called Flamingo Flower, it looks like a waxy vulgar joke.
The marketing department at RijnPlant Breeding said we needed a blue one of those. And now, a yellow one. The newest one is called Violet Heart.
Looks like a chicken liver, to me.
The Anthurium doesn't normally bloom in yellow or violet heart. (meh) Dye is added to produce these blooms. I don't have a problem with producing a short termed albeit fake color in these plants, as long as the consumer understands this is what they are getting.
Even the Cheerios box that features sliced strawberries in the picture must say "suggested serving" so that you understand there will be no such strawberries in the box. I think just such a disclaimer must come with these dye infused plants.
I'm just sayin'.
Ultimately, it is my opinon that they were good enough to begin with. Leave them alone.
I would love to hear your comments about dye infused plants.