Although I haven't seen 'Blue Mystique' offered by local retailers, I saw one in person at the University of Illinois Plant Sciences Laboratory epiphyte room yesterday.
|'Blue Mystique' Orchid|
|'Blue Mystique' Orchid (terminal flower)|
|Throat and lip of 'Blue Mystique' Orchid|
A true blue is not something that occurs often in flowers, so breeders around the world have been chasing blue in more than just orchids. It seems like every popular flower genus has its drive to breed the blue. For some, perhaps with orchids, it's a futile quest.
There are some that love the allure of 'Blue Mystique' and I say to each their own. I'm sure it will sell well initially because of its novelty factor, but I hope that Mr. Bartha's prediction proves false. With all the beautiful new orchid varieties emerging on the market, why we need to cheat nature with this infusion process to create a tacky impostor is beyond me.