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This is a discussion on Blue orchids? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; They fare slightly better than the chicks when I was a kid. We used to ...

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    They fare slightly better than the chicks when I was a kid. We used to buy stuffed chicks. Yah, gross, they were taxidermied at about a week old. We just went crazy carrying these little stuffed chicks around, petting them and playing with them. Ugh, sick sick sick. They also dye tropical fish.

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    We had a brand new member bring one of the dyed blue phals to an OS meeting. Well, he did not win any ribbons, but everyone was nice and no one commented on it. He owns one orchid now, and probably did not realize this was a fake. Anyway, he is anxious to learn about others, so he'll figure it out after a while.

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    Talking about blue phalaenopsis. This happened many years ago. There was this breeder who owned a fabulous V Rothchildiana which had multiple awards and won numerous blue ribbons. Though no chromosome counts were made everyone believed this to be a 4n plant. One day he put out an advertisement that he had crossed it with a Phal Doris 4n and he had a limited number of seedlings for sale. He even gave it a name that he intended to register it under. Needless to say it contained the epithet 'Blue' .......Everyone rushed to buy the seedling, including me. I can tell you it wasn't cheap! A year and a half later some of the seedlings bloomed. All turned out white, looking for all the world like a poor variety of amabilis. Many other bloomings later - no hint of blue , no hint of the vanda parentage ....... and no breeder, either. He had disappeared and left his collection for his old mother to look after.

    BTW a cross between a phal and a vanda is a Vandaenopsis.

    Some time ago in OT some members did post pictures of blue phals which, I believe were bred from the 'blue' violacea.

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    Interesting story Yew. I have some months ago been to the website for this blue phal. breeder. If I am not mistaken the orchids were on the pricey side. I have seen a few true blue orchid flowers posted, and they can be stunning! Even in other plant genera blue is uncommon. AL

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    I remember as a kid ladies would dye their poodles to match their car or hand bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Yes, blue dye. Very unfortunate. If the orchid survives to bloom again, it should bloom its natural color. As it is getting close to Easter, the local feed store here will probably have dyed baby chickens. Here is an image from the net to show what I mean. I really dislike this in living animals and don't feel too good about it in living plants either.



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    How does one dye a chick? They aren't injecting dye into these chicks, are they?

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    No, I believe just their feathers are dyed.

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    They are dipped in a food coloring so it`s not really harmful. Just embarassing for the chick! lol But most are not cared for as well as a baby needs and they die. We raised rabbits and our surviving chicks as a kid. But even with careful attention it is hard for them to survive on thier own. They are simply seperated too soon while they are still cute and harmless.

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    I just started this forum, im usually in the car forums but have a soft spot for orchids(thanx grandma).
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    I just bought one of those blue deyed orchids today. i am still new to the game so i thought it was really blue. after purchasing it i did some research online seeing as i have never seen a blue orchid before, and stumbled on your forum. sad that it is not really blue, thank goodness i found out it was just painted, i would have been royally upset if the next time they bloomed it was not blue. false advertisement, im going back to return it tomorrow.

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    There are some web sites that tell you how to die a baby chicken. Some say after it is hatched and some say long before it is hatched you use sterile techinque to make a tiny hole in the egg, and inject dye into the egg yolk sac, then seal it up again and incubate until the chicken hatches. I imagine that means the chicken will be colored inside and out.

    For what it's worth, you can also now buy aquarium fish that glow various colors in the dark, due to genetic engineering of a glow-in-the-dark bacterial gene into the fish. If they can do that, I imagine they will some day make glow-in-the-dark flowers too.

    As for the orchids, there seem to be more blue phalaenopsis orchids here in the big box store than "normal" orchids. Today I just bought a magenta phal, and now Im wondering if that is dyed too. I hope not!

    Really with all of the amazing hybrids, I don't need a dyed plant. I'm happy to have the colors that come from the flower itself. I think those blue ones look unnatural, but they might fool me with another color - green maybe.

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