I did it again. I made another orchid purchase. This one seemed to be in better health from the start, time will tell. Oh, by the way, it's BLUE.
I have been eyeing the blue and purple ones for a while, but felt they were too expensive. This guy was half off, imagine. The plant and root system looked healthy enough, and it was in a pot with drainage holes. Major improvement from the plants they had earlier in the summer.
I have been trying to decide if they are blue naturally or if something is done to make them blue. All the joints on the flower spike have a blueish cast and even the leaves had some blue along the center vain or if there was a slight injury. I tried to get pictures, it just does not show very well.
The other day I noticed a rather large hole in the side of the flower spike. There was a suspicious saturation of blue in this area. I feel my confirmation came this morning when I put the (now 2) orchids on the bathroom counter while the shower was running so that they could enjoy 10 minutes of humidity. As I was checking out their general state of being I touched the flower spike near the bored hole and my finger turned blue. There was a bit of blue condensation. Yep, confirmed.
My heart is not broken (though my husband may be sad). Based on the colors, I bet it will look much like the first one I bought only larger.
What ever color it ends up being, I will just be happy if I can keep it alive until the day it blooms again. I will leave you with one more nice blue picture.