No Place For Dye-Infused Plants?

No Place For Dye-Infused Plants?

A story this month on GreenhouseGrower.com spotlighted ‘Princess Alexia Yellow,’ a dye-infused anthurium RijnPlant Breeding introduced to the European market this year. ‘Princess Alexia Yellow’ (seen in the photo, right) currently is not available to growers or retailers in the United States, but a lack of availability couldn’t restrain a number of readers from commenting online about the anthurium and the role of dye-infused plants in the marketplace.

Here’s a sample of some of the comments shared on GreenhouseGrower.com, the majority of which were made anonymously:

• “I think dyed plants are almost as bad as plastic plants. Next thing you’re going to tell me is that the sparkles sprayed onto (poinsettias) makes them grow better. Breed stronger, more original varieties instead of these phony, easy-way-out dye jobs. [These will] probably sell at Walmart, though.”

• “I think dyed plants are actually worse than plastic ones. Partly because when you buy a plastic plant, you’re aware you’re buying a fake plant. How many customers are aware that dyed plants are dyed? How many look that closely at the tags, and do the tags even say so? … Call me a crazy tree huger if you want, but I think all living creatures, even plants, deserve to be treated with respect.

• “When the blue orchids [‘Blue Mystique’] first came out, (they) promoted them as if they had been bred that way and I was excited. Needless to say now, I will not purchase them for our garden center. I feel as if we would be gypping our customers.”

• “This is not the direction our industry needs to go. It mocks consumers seeking real living natural beauty rather than artificial fake flowers. We had best be careful. I don’t have a good feeling about this at all.”

What do you think of dye-infused plants? If consumers are interested in them, should growers supply them or not? Tell us in the comments section below.

For more perspective on dye-infused plants, read takes from Managing Editor Kevin Yanik and Senior Online Editor Sara Tambascio.

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2 comments on “No Place For Dye-Infused Plants?

  1. Anonymous

    Dyes have been used in this fashion in the cut flower market for years, and no one really seems to object, since those are disposable products. However, using them in this fashion for potted crops, we are treading a slippery slope, especially when marketed by “breeding” companies. Potted crops, orchids especially, have a high likelihood of being cared for by their recipients, and eventually reblooming. The disappointment felt by a consumer who sees their blue orchid flowers are now white, will change to anger as they uncover the reason why. This is a one-time sales tactic which erodes confidence in our industry. In a time when customer confidence is waning on all fronts, we should be especially vigilant not to fall prey to such base sales tactics, or else suffer the inevitable consequences. False advertising is still punishable by law, no?

  2. Anonymous

    I think dyed plants is misleading. The public saw that blue orchid and believed it was really blue. I did not buy into the idea and never brought them in to sell. To me, they looked like Ty D Bol.