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How do you care for a blue mystique orchid?

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Blue mystique orchids are normal white phalaenopsis orchids, also known as moth orchids, whose stalks are injected with a blue dye solution. To care for moth orchids, you need orchid pots, orchid potting mix, fertilizer and sharp pruning shears.

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  1. Choose a good location

    Though moth orchids need light, they burn in direct sunlight, so the best solution is a bright shady area. If enough natural light is not available, fluorescent light can be substituted. They need steady temperatures in the range of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. To provide sufficient humidity, place a pebble tray beneath the plant and mist it regularly.

  2. Use suitable soil

    Regular potting soil causes orchids to suffocate and rot. Use a commercial orchid mix, or prepare your own with fir bark, coarse peat moss, hardwood charcoal and perlite. Do not over water orchids. The mix should be slightly moist but not wet. Watering once a week is usually sufficient.

  3. Fertilize the orchid

    Fertilize orchids spring through fall only with an organic orchid fertilizer. Do not fertilize in winter.

  4. Re-pot and prune the orchid

    As orchids grow, they need to be re-potted every 2 or 3 years. When the bloom dies, if you want a new bloom before winter, cut the stem halfway down, but if you want to promote the growth of roots and leaves, cut it all the way down. Keep in mind that because blue mystique orchids are artificially dyed, only the first blooms are blue; subsequent blooms are white.

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