Growing and Caring for the Rare Blue Mystique Orchid
My children know how fond I am of orchids. I believe they are the most beautiful of all the flowers (sorry, rose, you know I love you, too).
Orchids come in all colors and types. Most orchids are tropical or subtropical. I live in South Florida and they thrive here with just a little care. I hang mine underneath a palm tree, as they cannot tolerate direct sun (their leaves will burn). If and when our temperature drops down to 45 degrees, I bring them inside to protect them.
I thought I had seen every type of orchid in existence, so I was very surprised when my daughter walked into my house with this gorgeous blue orchid. It was breathtaking! How could an orchid be blue?
There was a label that simply stated that the flower had been grown by a company in Homestead, Florida, called Silver Vase. The label said: “With a little bit of magic we turn a white orchid blue! New blooms will be gorgeous white!” I went to their website, where I was informed that they use an infusion process that is patented and kept very secret. They do not divulge any other information.
My daughter would not tell me what she paid for this orchid. I would imagine they cost twice what a regular orchid would cost. She found this one at our local Wal-Mart Garden Shop. The next time I go, I will take a look and see for myself what this beauty costs. I just might have to buy another one!
I just hope the plant will remain blue until it finishes blooming, at which time when it does rebloom, I should have a white orchid which I will enjoy just as much as the blue one.
Caring for Orchids
- Orchids do not grow in regular soil, but rather in a loose mixture of charcoal and bark. I buy the potting mixture premixed from a garden center. Some people mount their orchids on a tree where the roots will become attached. I have tried this method but was not successful. I grow mine in a clay pot that is designed just for orchids.
- The roots are strange-looking: They hang out all over the outside of the pot in search of moisture, air, and light.
- The plant should never be allowed to dry out completely, but if the plant is overwatered, it will rot and die. The special pot allows for excess water to drain out. I just use the garden hose about once a week to thoroughly water mine. They should be fed every other watering with a special fertilizer made just for orchids.
- About every three years, I repot mine because they get overcrowded. The pot should be smaller than the plant itself. If you repot into a pot that is too large, the roots will never find their way to the light, and they will rot trying.
- When my orchids are in bloom, I bring them inside the house so I can enjoy looking at them. When they finish blooming, and all the flowers have dropped off, the stem should be cut about two inches above the leaves. The orchid will reward you by blooming again—when depends on the type. Some of mine bloom twice a year, and some bloom once. What a thrill when you see a new bud appear. You know a new blossom is coming.
The type you see growing here is the Cattleya Orchid. Some people call this the “corsage” orchid. I have one of these that my daughter gave me for Mother’s Day in 2003. It blooms every Mother’s Day, just like clockwork.
Would You Like to Have a Blue Orchid?
How to Repot an Orchid
© 2012 Mary Hyatt