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This is a discussion on Blue orchids? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was at the Home Depot today and saw a flower from across the store ...

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    I was at the boxstore today and saw a flower from across the store that I had to go see. It was a display of blue flowered phaleonopsis. Did they somehow dye these to make them blue or what? Even the unopened buds have the blue color. They called it a Blue Mystique.

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    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 do you think they get colored Easter Eggs?
    From colored chickens of course.

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    That's silly Craig. Everyone knows rabbits produce Easter eggs!

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    The best Easter eggs come from Cadbury rabbits. AL

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    While I was in Colombia during Easter time 3 years ago children explained to me that the first have to paint eggs carefully and than colored chicks are hatched - as there is no rabbits to produce Easter eggs:


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    Am really suprised to see colored chicks and to learn that they are still sold. Haven't seen them since I was a kid and all the stores sold them then. I thought it had been outlawed--if it hasn't been it should me. The same goes for dyeing orchids. I understand that there are new colors besides the blue on the horizon. Fortunately the plant buyers where I work refuse to bring them into our stores. I rank them right up there with the "ICE" orchids. At work a day doesn't go by that I don't have a customer tell me that you don't water orchids all you need to do is add three ice cubes to them. Usually I can convince them that is not a good idea but there are a few who tell me I don't know what I am talking about.

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    I also haven`t seen a dyed Easter chick since I was a kid. One of ours survived to be a pretty good size rooster. But when it started flogging us kids he had to go. And I buy the Ice orchids but have never fallen for the 3 ice cube bit. The blue orchids orchids were being bought as I was looking at the display. I almost died when I saw they were $35 apiece!

    And half of the teens around have done this to thier own hair! Same colors too.

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    35 a piece, thats cheap here if your not buying from the grower! The most expensive ive seen here was 83.50!
    luckily i bought from a florist that grows its own for 20 bucks, a steal here! i just cannot beleive you can buy them so cheap and get so many different species/hybrids over there in supermarkets and hardware stores, here we get phals, rarely a onc flexuosum and rarely paphs and dendrobs. Sad NZ, very sad.

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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.

    Cheers,
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    Agree with you totally Bruce, but OMG look at them, aren't they cute! They remind me when I was a kid too, I purchased one once and started looking after it for some time, then we had to give it to a relative who had a farm as it was getting quite big. I should say that the colors were not as intense at the time! New technology I presume....

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