Have You Ever Wondered About The Infused Color Orchids?

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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.


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Comments (12)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

William- some of my favorite orchids are the ones I found at a grower here who was going out of business.  It was my introduction to orchids.  They weren't blooming, so my friends and I had to guess as to what they were and the color the plant would be IF it bloomed.  I still have some of them and they survived being moved to Northern VA and back!

Jul 31, 2015 11:55 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We both love all type of orchids, and I had several cymbidiums that we divided and shared with friends.  When we made our move from Napa to Santa Barbara, I gave them all to a wonderful friend.  She often tells me that they are blooming and sends pictures...Now I have to start another collection.  A

Jul 31, 2015 02:32 PM
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

I love Orchids William Johnson but have never been able to grow them.

Jul 31, 2015 07:37 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

William, if I had planted it, it would have succumbed long ago! Congrats! Enjoy your day!

Jul 31, 2015 10:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The infused color orchids appear to be a smart marketing technique. It was not long ago that the blue orchids seemed to be the only ones with an infused color.

Aug 04, 2015 12:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

William - I also admire orchids.  I had noticed in recent years that more and more orchids have vivid colors that were not anything like I had encountered before.  Like you, I'd prefer to have plants that were not infused, and have a fighting chance for survival!

Aug 04, 2015 02:03 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This post would definitely pop quite a bit with some extra pictures and i
just too bad too many of those times

Aug 04, 2015 03:46 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

It's a great feeling to see the plants grow in your yard. And now somebody has even put a dollar number on it. I have been trying to grow a vine in out yard - for the shade, the beauty and possibly for some grapes.

Aug 04, 2015 11:27 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

I didn't even realize they were infused....  I was missing a photo of yours!

Aug 06, 2015 01:59 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

William - but they are gorgeous. My wife has them everywhere. Sometimes it works perfect, but not always

Aug 14, 2015 11:26 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not really understand whey infused color flowers became so popular. I do not buy them. I'd go for natural that feel much more beautiful to me.

Nov 02, 2015 07:57 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I really enjoyed reading this post. Your thoughts are telling so much about you, how caring person you are.


Nov 02, 2015 07:58 AM