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Growing and Caring for the Rare Blue Mystique Orchid

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Mary loves all flowers, but the orchid is her very favorite. She encourages people to grow this beautiful and rewarding flower.

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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.

Blue Mystique Orchid

Blue Mystique Orchid

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.
My Cattleya Orchid

My Cattleya Orchid

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.

How to Repot an Orchid

© 2012 Mary Hyatt

Comments

Gramma bev on May 03, 2018:

Hi, your article said to cut stem 2 inches a bone leaves is that the top of leaves when they are done blossoming? Thank you.

roy n on October 16, 2017:

its physic look like Phalaenopsis to me or anggrek bulan. i live in indonesia and an orchids collector. if this mystical one is a kind to anggrek bulan, it only 2 - 3 times blossom each year.

Carolyn Taylor on June 12, 2017:

My instructions on my orchid said to water once a week in water 1/2 way up for 5 min and then let drain. I've done that every week, but now all the blooms are falling off (I've heard this is normal), but do I keep watering all year and just leave until it blooms again?: Oh, the plant is also losing all the green leaves also. Is this normal too? Thanks

Darlene on May 25, 2017:

My son bought me the blue Mystique Orchid for Mothers Day. The sticker on the pot said $35

I am glad to know how rare it is in color and how to water and care for it. Thank you.

An on March 02, 2017:

I bought an almost identical mystique blue orchid from Walmart for 25 dollars, but a week after valentineschool day so price may vary

Michele on August 23, 2016:

How often will it bloom? The Blooms fell off 2 months ago and no sign of more.

Bethany on February 06, 2016:

I too am from South Florida, the Keys to be exact, but have relocated to south Texas. The climate is very similar here with an exception to the humidity. I'm now up to my 7th orchid, the blue mystique. Thank you for your information on it!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 04, 2015:

Yes, Patsym....the Blue Orchid will definitely bloom white when it reblooms, but the blossom is just as spectacular! Wow! That is wonderful that you have three plants.

Thanks for reading my article about the Blue Orchid, Mary

Patsym on September 04, 2015:

I have a blue Orchid, I bought after it was threw blooming,at a reduced price. I am so excited after reading the reviews,on the special plant. I can't wait to see this plant, bloom. I guess it will be white. I actually separated the plant,as it tells you and have three plants. Wonder when it will bloom next? Thanks for all your information.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 03, 2015:

Madaline , hi....I know you must have enjoyed your Blue Orchid while it bloomed. When mine bloomed again, it was still beautiful; just white. Treat it like you would any Orchid. Orchids are very hardy. I never added blue coloring to my Orchids, so I can't say. You will soon become addicted to Orchids, and that's a good thing!

Madaline on June 03, 2015:

My. Daughter bought me the gorgeous Blu orchid in March. It has just dropped the last blossom. I'm in this be page to see what my next step is to keep it going. I just cut the 2 stems 2 inches above the leaves. This is really a beauty. I've never had an orchid before and love gardening. I was told to add blue. Coloring as u water and u will have more blue flowers. Has anyone tried this????.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 28, 2015:

Hi, peachpurple Yes, the Blue Orchid is very rare. You can see them for sale at garden centers occasionally. Mine just finished blooming again, but it bloomed white. Still beautiful, though!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 28, 2015:

I have never seen a blue orchid in my life, must be unique and rare

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 22, 2014:

Hi Jodah. Thanks so much! Yes, this blue orchid is very rare, no one knows what the secret is to get the orchid to be blue! The company that makes and sells them won't say exactly, but I think they use a dye. Too bad the orchids you grow don't bloom! I wonder why??

Thanks for reading, the comment and the votes, Mary

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 22, 2014:

What a beautiful hub Mary. Congratulations on it reaching 100 score. True blue flowers are quite rare, so this is stunning. We can grow orchids here in sub-tropical Australia but they rarely flower for us anyway. I think they are the most beautiful flower of all though. Well done. Voted up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 21, 2014:

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan Thank you so much. I'm happy you like my Blue Orchid. The next time you receive an orchid as a gift, try and keep it alive, and it will rebloom for you!!

Thanks so much for the votes, the share and the PIN.

My best, Mary

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 21, 2014:

How beautiful! I love this gorgeous blue orchids. Though I have never grown Orchids but I love receiving them as gifts or gifting them in bouquets.

Thanks for sharing the tips on growing Orchids. Voted up and pinned!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 20, 2014:

Hi roshall I'm so happy you love my blue orchid. It truly is one of a kind!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 20, 2014:

Hi PegCole Thanks for the nice compliment on my Blue Orchid! Orchids really are not hard to grow. People have a mistaken idea about Orchids; they are pretty tough plants. They can't stand the cold, though!

My best, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 20, 2014:

Hi, Phyllis Doyle. Thank you very much! Yes, I just saw some Blue Orchids in Home Depot a couple of weeks ago. I think the price was 25.00. I have really enjoyed this one, and it has rebloomed a beautiful white color.

roshall from Ohio on August 20, 2014:

I just love the orchid. Thanks for great info.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 20, 2014:

Awesome pictures and interesting information on this rare beauty. I've never had any luck with growing orchids and now that I've read your instructions, I can see why. Homestead FL? Wow. I used to live quite near to there.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on August 20, 2014:

Your blue orchid is so beautiful, Mary. Did you ever find another one?

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 20, 2014:

Why, thank you very much, AudreyHowitt. I have really enjoyed this most unusual orchid.

It is indeed a beautiful orchid, Mary

Audrey Howitt from California on August 20, 2014:

Just gorgeous Mary!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 15, 2014:

Hi, Vellur Well, my Blue Orchid just bloomed again; a lovely white just like the label promised. It was still beautiful although not blue anymore!

My Cattleya orchid bloomed again this past Mother's Day, and is still a beauty!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 14, 2014:

Orchids are really beautiful and the blue orchid is awesome. Great hub.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 02, 2014:

Hi, AudreyHowitt, I'm so glad you liked my Hub on the Blue Orchid. Mine just finished blooming for the third time, it bloomed a beautiful pure white. Thanks so much, Mary

Audrey Howitt from California on February 01, 2014:

What a great hub and a beautiful orchid!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 23, 2014:

Hi Colleen, I'm happy you have a Blue Orchid! I love mine. Mine has bloomed three times each time it reblooms a beautiful pure white. Oh, I'll bet yours is beautiful.

ColleenIrishRose on January 22, 2014:

I bought a blue orchid at a local grocery store for $25.00. It had 8 beautiful blue flowers on it. Since then 5 more flowers have bloomed on it and the new ones are white with blue streaks and edges. It is a little strange but still beautiful. Has anyone else had this experience?

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 02, 2013:

Hi pstraubid48. If you are dabbling in orchids, please try one of these blue orchids. If you can't find one locally, they can be ordered. Mine did bloom a beautiful white this spring.

Thanks for sending angels my way (and for the Pin). Goodnight, Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 02, 2013:

Gorgeous. I am just dabbling in orchids but do not have anything like this. The color defies description. I should be so lucky to have one some day.

Angels are on the way ps Pinned

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 01, 2013:

Hi dgbrh. I'm happy you also think the Blue Orchid is beautiful. I am now awaiting the Orchid to bloom again. I'm hoping it will, and it should bloom white this time.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 01, 2013:

Good Morning, Thelma Alberts. I'm so happy your found and read my Hub on the Blue Orchid. This would be a beauty to add to your collection in your beautiful garden!

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the share and the Pin. I appreciate that.

Happy gardening Mary

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on May 31, 2013:

Oh my my ....now its soooo very exclusively beautiful and real gorgeous......Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful hub here. Sharing and votes all upway.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 31, 2013:

Awesome! I like this blue one. I hope I can get it here. It´s a gorgeous flower not only in the garden but inside the house as well. You´re right, you can´t just have one orchid. You buy and buy until the house is full of them. I did that once in Germany before moving to Ireland.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, shared and pinned. Have a lovely weekend Mary!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 24, 2013:

Hi MartieCoetser. Just a warning to you...Orchids are like potato chips: you can have just one! You will start out with one, and after you see how beautiful it is, you will add another and another, etc.

My Blue Orchid is in bud right now . I'm looking forward to it blooming again!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 24, 2013:

Orchids are certainly the most exotic plants. The Blue Orchid is breathtakingly beautiful. One day I am going to grow my own orchids.

Beautiful and very informative hub about the Blue Orchid :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 03, 2013:

Good Morning, midget38. Good to see you! Thanks so much for sharing my Blue Mystique Orchid Hub. This one has new buds coming out, and I can't wait to see it bloom again.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 02, 2013:

Coming in to share this wonderful orchid again!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 22, 2013:

Hi, vibesites. These blue orchids are rare indeed, but I am beginning to see more in garden centers around my town. They are truly breathtakingly beautiful. If you see one for sale, try growing it.

Thanks for reading and the votes, Mary

vibesites from United States on March 22, 2013:

Thanks Mary... I love orchids but I have yet to see a blue orchid myself. At first glance at the picture I thought the flower would glow in the dark. Hehehehhe. Voted up and interesting, beautiful

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 15, 2013:

Hi Brisbanelocksmith. Yes, and if you add blue food coloring to water and place a white carnation in the water, the carnation will turn blue! I think they add blue dye to the soil. I check Mr. Google as you suggested.

Thanks for reading and for the compliment on my Hub about the Blue Orchid. Mary

John Magee from Brisbane, Qld, Australia on March 15, 2013:

It would be interesting to know how they change its colour. Hydrangeas turn blue when Aluminium is added to the soil.

You could get a soil test done to see what is in the soil of the blue orchard.

Ok, I just googled "how to turn an orchard blue" You really have to see it for yourself. I'm not about to spoil the fun!

Great Hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 04, 2013:

Good Morning, marcoujor. I'm so happy to know you love Orchids, too! They are the most rewarding plant I have. When I buy a plant from Home Depot, I find they are stuffed in a tiny little pot that has no drainage. As soon as it finishes blooming, I repot it into a larger Orchid pot with fresh media.

Thanks so much for reading commenting, and the votes. My best, Mary

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 03, 2013:

I love orchids as well, Mary, and your photography does this gorgeous blue shade justice. My plant also came from the Home Depot and ran about the same amount of money, well worth it for the beauty and joy it brings to a room.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 02, 2013:

Hi starstream. I walked through the garden shop at Home Depot just yesterday and they had some Blue Orchids for sale for 25.00. Mine has finished blooming, and will "rest" for a while. I can't wait for it to bloom again; supposed to bloom white according to the label.

Your orchild will probably bloom again, just be patient with it.

I did read your great Hub on oil painting orchids some 6 months ago and enjoyed it. My best, Mary

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on March 02, 2013:

I enjoy orchids so much. Every time I walk by the garden gift section and see them all blooming I take in the joy of their beauty. My little orchid is now in the second year and I don't see a bloom coming on yet. I did give it at least 7 weeks of darkness to inspire the bloom stage. I also created a hub about oil painting technique for painting orchids here. Thanks for the beautiful hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 02, 2013:

Hi, morgan968. It's so nice to meet another Orchid lover! The Orchid really is easy to care for: mine just care for themselves mostly (unless it turns cold, then I bring them inside.

This Blue Orchid finished blooming for a while, but now it is showing buds. I am so excited. The label says it will bloom again white.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary

morgan968 on March 02, 2013:

This is such an amazing orchid. No wonder its rare, I think everyone would want to get their hand on one. The only trouble is, I find people don't know how to care for them correctly. So I wrote an article advising people all about the care.

http://thebloomingoasis.com/how-to-take-care-of-or...

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 26, 2013:

Hi Kasman. Thanks for reading and I'm happy you and your wife are interested in Orchids. Just a warning: if you get just one, you will be hooked! Most people start out with just one, then another, then another.....

I just saw some of these Blue Orchids in our local Home Depot last week. I'm sure you have cold weather in Tenn. Orchids have to be brought inside when it gets cold.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on February 25, 2013:

My wife and I were actually admiring some beautiful orchids the other day at the store. We are considering buying a few, but I've never seen this type. Absolutely haunting and beautiful. I think my wife and I will have to find one somehow because it would compliment our place. Voting up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 18, 2013:

Hi, Gail Meyers. I'm so glad you read and commented on my blue orchid, thanks. It is unusual to have actually blue flowers. I grow Plumbago and that comes in two different shades of blue. It's a shrub that is quite showy.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share. Mary

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on February 17, 2013:

Wow! What an amazing hub. I kind of chuckled to myself recalling several years ago when I first starting gardening. I wanted blue flowers and quickly learned many called blue are actually purple. I am still thrilled when I see a plant that is actually blue. Voted up, awesome and FB shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 12, 2013:

Hi, Mike Robbers. I'm happy you found my blue orchid stunning. When my daughter gave this to me, I could not believe my eyes. I have grown orchids for a long time, but never have I seen one this beautiful.

Thanks so much for the vote and the share, I appreciate that, Mary

Mike Robbers from London on February 12, 2013:

Beautiful post - the orchid's blue has stunned me! Voted up and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 11, 2013:

Hi Pavlo Badovskyy. Nice to see you.... My geography is SO bad. I don't know if you can grow orchids where you live or not. They do like warm climate, although some people grow them indoors when it's cold outside.

Yes, the blue orchid is indeed unusual. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 11, 2013:

Hi midget38. Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment. I do feel very close to nature and especially the roses and the orchids. It is just such a thrill when they bloom for me!

Pavlo Badovskyi from Kyiv, Ukraine on February 11, 2013:

Every Orchid is beautiful. Of course those with unusual coloring like blue one attract much attention. This is unusual and have I never seen anything like this before! Shared!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on February 11, 2013:

You connect with so many flowers and are an excellent gardener. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 25, 2012:

Happy Christmas Morning, prasetio30. Thanks for coming back to comment again on my Blue Mystique Orchid. Your Hub about the Monkey Orchids reminded me of this rare and unusual Orchid. I am anxious to see mine when it reblooms. Supposed to bloom white this time.

Best to you, too. Mary

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 25, 2012:

Hi, Marry. This is my second visit. Actually I had commented about this orchid. As my big attention to unique flower like this one. I want to say, "good job and thanks for bringing it to our attention". Merry Christmas.....

Best Wishes, Prasetio

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 06, 2012:

Hi, Dolores Monet. Yes, these Blue Orchids are quite unusual. I am anxiously awaiting for the Orchid to bloom again. The label says it will bloom white which I will like as well, I'm sure.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 06, 2012:

I saw these crazy blue orchids in a shop recently. They certainly are unusual. I read the label because the color looked odd, unnatural and saw that it was infused. Did your blue orchid bloom again? Was the new bloom white?

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 21, 2012:

Hi phil: I think you are right about the dye being injected; either into the plant itself or the soil.

Thanks for reading about the Blue Mystique Orchid, Mary

phil on October 20, 2012:

apparently they inject blue dye into the base of the flower stalk

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 20, 2012:

Hi, Sunshine625. Yes, the Blue Orchid is a thing of beauty. Mine finally stopped blooming (after several weeks). I'm anxious to see it bloom again. The label says it will be white!

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 20, 2012:

What a gorgeous flower! You have such an amazing green thumb, if only you could bottle it up and sell it...I'd buy it! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 01, 2012:

Hi, midget38. Good to see you today! Thanks for reading about my Blue Orchid. It really is one of a kind!

Thanks for reading, voting, and the share. I appreciate that, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 31, 2012:

Mary, I definitely see the gardener in you. You have such green fingers!! Thanks for sharing, and I'm sharing this. Votes across.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 08, 2012:

Hi, Duchess. Thanks for reading about my blue orchid. You know, that orchid is still in bloom! That amazes me cause I got it for Mother's Day this year! Orchids are really very touch: they are very forgiving plants. You just have to find the right place to put it, i.e. no direct sun, etc.

You should try another one, Mary

Duchess OBlunt on August 08, 2012:

Beautiful hub. The blue caught my attention! I have had orchids given to me by several people over the years, and have never been able to keep them long. I'll try some of your suggestions because they are a beautiful flower. Blue huh? It's very pretty

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 17, 2012:

Hi, Denise Handlon, I'm so glad you read my Hub on the Blue Orchid and liked it! I was completely entranced when I saw the monarch on the orchid. I just stood and watched until I thought he was ready to be freed. I gently picked him up and released him outside. My next door neighbor has a monarch nursery going. It's amazing.

The orchid is such a rewarding plant. It will surprise you by blooming when you least expect it. I would encourage anyone to grow orchids.

I have had the blue orchid since Mother's Day and it is still blooming.

Bye for now, Mary

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 16, 2012:

Mary-you are right to be proud of this awesome hub. Wow! What a stunning flower! Thanks for giving me a heads up about the gorgeous Monarch butterfly perched on the vivid blue orchid as it sat drying its wings. Amazing. I would have been completely entranced until if flew away.

Great hub filled with so much useful info and the video. I have never grown or kept orchids, although my daughters have, and now my granddaughter is caring for her first one. My oldest daughter, (hubber: carnelian) was having problems with her orchid and I'm wondering if it had dried out. I'll send this off and nudge her to take a peek at your video. Maybe she can save it yet. Two thumbs up and across except funny.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 06, 2012:

Hi Lastheart. How nice to see you! My blue orchid is still in bloom and it's been blooming since Mother's Day!

It is truly an amazing orchid. I'll bet you can find them now at Walmart and Home Depot. They are really popular. Wish I had thought of turning a white orchid to blue!

Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord on July 06, 2012:

Thanks for such an informative share. I wanted to get one of these amazing blue orchid for my mother in Mother's day and I just let them pass away, which I regret, but I will try to get her one after reading and being inspired again.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2012:

Hi oceansnsunsets. How nice to see you today. I thought you would enjoy reading about my blue orchid, and the Monarch on the plant.

I plan to write a Hub about the Monarch from the egg right on....I know how much you like the butterfly.

I am seeing these blue orchids now in Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe's. I wish I had though of this idea first!

I could be making some serious money!

Bye for now....

Paula from The Midwest, USA on July 05, 2012:

Hi Mary, how very interesting about the blue orchid! I have never seen one, and I was like you about your astonishment about there even being one at first.

Its an amazing color of blue, and the butterfly coming out of its chrysalis while drying its wings is so amazing. Thanks for sharing this hub with us, and the photos. I have never seen anything like it!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 03, 2012:

I meant to type a "blue carnation", of course!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 03, 2012:

Hi Floyd, hanks so much for reading and for leaving that comment about the blue dye. I had guessed as much. I used to take a white carnation and put it into water with blue food coloring, and I'd have a blue carnation!

This is a new thing here and people are just going nuts over it! I'm seeing them more and more in our Home Depots and Lowe's stores.

I just think the blue orchid is so beautiful.

Floyd on July 03, 2012:

The blue colour is achieved with a food dye injected into the plant. There is no great mystery to it. Quite commonly seen in British garden centres, I have one on display in the hydroponics shop I run.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 02, 2012:

Hi there, molometer, I'm so happy you like my Blue Orchid. It truly is breathtaking! Yes, I was so thrilled to see the Monarch out of it's chrysalis. I'm planning on writing a Hub about the Monarch. It is such a beautiful butterfly and is in danger of becoming endangered because they can't find Milkweek that they have to eat!

Thanks so much for the vote and the share. I do appreciate that.

Micheal is from United Kingdom on July 02, 2012:

Hello Mary,

What a beautiful specimen. I have never seen the blue orchid. It is completely stunning.

The photo of the Monarch butterfly on the blue orchid is amazing.

Very impressive. To put a chrysalis onto the flower and watch it develop must have been brilliant.

Well done. voted up 4/5 buttons and sharing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 29, 2012:

Hi, shea duane. I'm so happy you find the Blue Orchid beautiful. It truly is! I would encourage you to try to grow just one orchid. You just might surprise yourself.

Thanks for the compliment!

shea duane from new jersey on June 29, 2012:

so beautiful. i've never had any luck with orchids. great hub.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 29, 2012:

Hello again, Jackie. Give in and buy yourself a beautiful orchid today! You deserve it! If you have any problems with it, I hope you will email me. I'm certainly no expert, but I have grown orchids for years and they are just the most rewarding plant I know of.

Funny thing....I will forget all about a certain orchid, then go outside to discover a big bud, then in the next day or so, there will come a lovely blossom. Just pick out a color you like.

Hope you will let me know how you do with it.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 29, 2012:

Hi, Mrs. Menagerie, how nice t see you today! Thanks for the nice compliment on my Blue Orchid. Yes, the Monarch is so beautiful and I was happy to see him enter into the world. After a few hours, I carefully carried him outside to the big world.

See you again, soon.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 29, 2012:

Hi moonlake, I know how much you love the butterfly, too. The Monarchs are just so beautiful and I was so thrilled to see this guy on my blue orchid. Why don't you just try one orchid and see how you do with it. Follow my hints on caring for it, and you will be amazed at how well you do! They are so rewarding.

Thanks for the votes and the share....I appreciate that so much.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 29, 2012:

No I didn't but I would have if I had seen them earlier and could have added to my many beauties or seen where you said above how long the bloom lasts. I had to force myself by the local nursery today. I am becoming obsessed, I fear. lol

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on June 29, 2012:

Spectacular photos Mary!!! And I love the butterfly:)

moonlake from America on June 29, 2012:

Mary, your blue orchid is beautiful and with the monarch on it that is such a great photo. I can't grow orchids. My friend does and my Mom has some. In fact my sister recently got her a black orchid. I vote up on this beautiful hub and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 29, 2012:

Hi, Jackie Lynnley. Now I am seeing these in the local "big box" stores. I'm dying to ask? Did you buy a Blue Orchid? Mine is still in bloom. I wish I have thought of doing something like this, to change a white orchid to a blue one. Next they will change one into red, maybe?

Have a great weekend!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 28, 2012:

Well I came upon the blue orchid in Lowe's since I was here last and it is gorgeous. So odd I never had seen one because I head for the flowers always. Well I thought of your hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 28, 2012:

Hi, the lyricwriter. I agree with you on the beauty of this orchid. When I first saw it, it literally took my breath away! My daughter bought this one at the local Home Depot. The people who make this orchid blue have a web site: SilverVase.com

I went on their website, and they have hundreds of these ready to be shipped out. Mine is still in bloom and its' been about 3 weeks since I got this one.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on June 28, 2012:

Mary, this is the prettiest flower that I have ever seen. So so beautiful! I never knew of the blue orchid. What a beautiful blue color. Where can you get them Mary? I live in West Virginia and I would love to have one. Awesome article. Blows my mind:)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 26, 2012:

Hi AliciaC, Nice to see you! This truly is a gorgeous orchid. I've had it now for about 3 weeks, and it is still in full bloom. I had a Monarch butterfly that came out of his crylalis. I had him hanging from the Blue Orchid. When he came out he fluttered to a bloom, and I grabbed the camera. You can see him on my Hub about Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens.

I would encourage you to grow an orchid. Start out with just one, and you will be hooked! Even though they only bloom once or twice a year, when they do bloom, they reward you with their beauty!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 25, 2012:

What a gorgeous blue color these orchids have! They are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing their photos, Mary. I've never grown orchids before, but I want to very much. Thanks for the advice about caring for these plants.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 20, 2012:

Good Morning, Jackie Lynnley, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Blue Orchid. It is an amazing plant! Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub.

My best, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 20, 2012:

HI, Ionizer2012, sounds like you had a bad experience growing orchids! That's too bad, because they really are easy keepers. Why don't you try one more time? You'll be rewarded with their beauty. Hope you have a nice day!