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    Blue Orchid?

    While doing some garden shopping at Home Depot today, we saw Blue Orchids. Our first words, literally, were, "those can't be real, can they?" Of course, the florr guy said immediately that they were and that they were not dyed. Upon close inspection of the unopened blooms, it was readily apparent that they were, indeed, dyed, and identical to the white ones sitting next to them. But this got us thinking, for father's day, we'd love to get a blue orchid for my father-in-law. He's been successfully keeping about 30 different species, easy and moderate, for the last few years and gets them all to rebloom regularly. So, my question is, are there any real, undyed, blue orchids? If so, does anyone know anywhere relaible to get them from?

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    blue vanda orchids: (blue left, purple right) from http://an-exotic-affair.blogspot.com...1_archive.html


    good luck finding them...i bet they command a hefty price tag.
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    Vanda coerulea and many of it's hybrids are the bluest orchids that I know of. I've also seen nearly blue dendrobium hybrids before.
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    I know the orchids he's talking about, around here they got them first at my Aunts nursery job. They're "Saphire Phalaenopsis" or some such silly name. They have been watered with blue food coloring. I've seen the blue stain on the roots on one or two in a large shipment of them.

    Here's a pic I found online: http://www.flickr.com/photos/diadsie/5560379998/


    Real blue Vandas are beautiful in person!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    I know the orchids he's talking about, around here they got them first at my Aunts nursery job. They're "Saphire Phalaenopsis" or some such silly name. They have been watered with blue food coloring. I've seen the blue stain on the roots on one or two in a large shipment of them.

    Here's a pic I found online: http://www.flickr.com/photos/diadsie/5560379998/


    Real blue Vandas are beautiful in person!
    BINGO! Good catch swords, nice to see that I wasn't wrong, that's them EXACTLY. Cheers for that.

    Now the Vandas, they're beautiful, and blue, but !HOLY CARP! on the price tag. I guess if you're an orchid guy $150 is probably not all that bad. But, being a CP and bonsai guy who looks mostly for "starts", phew, they sure are pricey. TY for the Keighley's Blue link, but they look more purple than blue. He's about 3 or 4 different purples.

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    depends where you buy orchids......the wife has a blue vanda she paid $25 for when we were in Florida.....
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    There are ones at almost every Lowes down south for like $13. That's where I got my pink vanda. And that's where I will only buy Vandas!
    Those Blue Mystique orchids are ugly, except for the flowers where the dye has almost died out.
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