Have You Ever Wondered About The Infused Color Orchids?
I have been noticing more and more of the deep color orchids for sale and and they definetly looked like they were dyed as opposed to being natural hybrids. I looked up the topic and learned more about them, including the fact that these plants are actually threatened by the infusion of color process and they try to heal themselves by causing the color to drip out of the petals. Most of these plants do not survive longer term and will often loose their leaves and then die off.
For those plants that do survive, when they bloom again, they will bloom their natural color which is most often white because they take on and show off the intense colors that are being infused.
Being one that really enjoys orchids, I will forgo these infused color plants because I enjoy caring for them and seeing them thrive. Little point in buying something for show that has a good chance of dying for having not be treated right by adding the infused color when the natural colors are so amazingly beautiful.
In 1987 when I moved from Dallas to San Diego, I was in a month to month rental property while my home was under construction. I went to the grocery store and purchased a small table plant for about $4.00 as I recall. It was in a 4" pot and today, I still have it, thriving at over 6 feet around and 4.5 foot tall with several off shots already given to friends and clients. It is lush and remarkably healthy. Recently a landscaper that was here giving me an estimate on redoing the grass and some of the landscaping to be more eco-friendly, commented on it. He asked where I got it and said it is a plant that is not suited to even being outside in the heat much less thriving as it is. I asked what it might be worth at it's present size and he said probably no less than about $400. So maybe I can keep it around for another 30 years.
It is like my orchids to me, when you understand what the plant likes and how to make them thrive, they might last for decades with proper love and care.