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Compact Cattleyas

Compact growing Cattleyas have gained considerable interest with hobbyist for some important reasons.

  • Plants will stay under 12” tall and bloom in 4”- 5” pots.
  • They are space savings so with more plants per sq. ft. makes for more flowers per sq. ft.
  • Flowers are appealing, with large size and wide range of colors.
  • New hybrids are bred to carry the flowers well, on strong stems that don’t require staking.
  • They grow well under a wide range of cultural conditions.

The proven breeding plants used in the development of compact Cattleyas are; Lc. Tokyo Magic, Blc. Love Sound, Pot. Rubescence, Lc. Mini Purple and Slc. Circle of Life. This parental stock will impart a strong growth habit and reliable blooming to their progeny.

The crosses listed below are the most modern breeding and will raise the bar for future hybrids. There are many outstanding hybrids here with great potential

The new crosses for 2014 represent the most modern breeding in this category.  These will raise the bar for floriferousness and plant habit.  Everyone needs to make space for these, the flower to plant size ratio  is amazing and many will flower twice a year.  There are many fine crosses listed and I have spent hours described the offspring as best as I can, so read on!

SVO 2340
L. milleri ‘Dr. Koopowitz Red’ HCC/AOS x L. angereri ‘Peter
Rupicolous Laelia species get a bad rap for being difficult to grow, and I do agree it is hard to duplicate the natural environment for these.  However, the primary hybrids (crosses between two species) grow much better than their species counterparts while maintaining much of the original charm.  These will have long stems of 10-15 bright red flowers. Limited
3”pots
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SVO 2450
L. Gold Star ‘Dean’s Gold’ x L. Gold Star ‘SBOE’

Gold Star is (L. flava syn. crispata x L. harpophylla) and produces long lasting starry brilliant yellow- orange flowers on tall stems; mature plants are always show stoppers in March.  And being a primary rupicolous hybrid these are good growers.
3”pots
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SVO 2519
L. angereri ‘Peter’ x L. flava ‘SVO Select’
Rupicolous Laelia breeding is not often seen anymore.  The species have a reputation of being difficult to grow, but the primary hybrids are not that way; they are quite easy to grow and flower.  L. angereri has a high flower count with over 25 blooms of deep red-orange color, and L. flava with its larger bright yellow flower, will combine to make vivid orange-yellow flowers.  I expect flower count to be in the high teens on very compact plants.
3”pots

SVO 2520
L. briegeri ‘SVO II’ x L. flava ‘SVO Select’
The species have a reputation of being difficult to grow. But the primary hybrids have ‘hybrid vigor’ and are quite easy to grow and flower.  L. briegeri has a high flower count with over 12 blooms of deep yellow, and L. flava with the larger bright yellow flowers, will combine to make vivid bright true yellow flowers.  I expect flower count to be around 9-11 blooms on very compact plants.
3”pots
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SVO 2523
L. angereri ‘Peter’ x L. kautskyana ‘SVO’ AM/AOS
Primary hybrids have ‘hybrid vigor’ making this type of breeding easier to grow and flower.  L. angereri has a high flower count of over 25 blooms of deep red-orange color, and L. kautskyana with its 20 larger, bright orange flower and pencil thin bulbs will combine to make vivid orange-red flowers produced 20 + blooms on compact plants with slender bulbs.
3”pots
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SVO 2524
L. flava ‘SVO Select’ x L. kautskyana ‘SVO’ AM/AOS
L. flava has a bright pure yellow flower produced 7-9 per inflorescence.  L. kautskyana with its 20 large bright orange flower and pencil thin bulbs will combine to make vivid orange-yellow flowers produced 10 or more on compact plants with slender bulbs.
3”pots

SVO 2932
L. milleri ‘Dr. Koopowitz Red’ HCC/AOS x L. kautskyana ‘SVO’ AM/AOS
This L. milleri has a dark red flower produced 11-15 per inflorescence which is a rather high flower count for milleri.  L. kautskyana with its large bright orange flower and pencil thin bulbs that carry 20 flowers will combine to make vivid orange-red flowers produced 15 or more on compact slender plants. 
3”pots

SVO 4950       
C. Comets Tail (C. Landate 'SVO' 4n x C. aclandiae 'Kathleen III' AM/AOS 4n )

This is a tetraploid grex, rare in bifoliate breeding. Landate is (C. aclandiae x C. leopoldii). Expect large flower size with heavy substance. They should look like a super improved C. aclandiae with 3-4 flowers on a stem.  This is one of those “very cool” hybrids; even species nuts will appreciate this cross. These will make excellent basket or mounted plants.
3”pots

SVO 5052       
Slc. Circle of Life 'Fordyce Herald Angel' AM/AOS x Pot. Elaine Taylor 'Krull-Smith' FCC/AOS

The flowers of 'Fordyce Herald Angel' are of excellent quality with wide petals and good color.  Circle of life is a proven breeder making for offspring that have a high average of quality.  The Pot. Elaine Taylor has an FCC/AOS and that says a lot about its quality. It's a deep true red that flowers twice a year.  This cross will produce compact plants with well rounded red flowers with darker red lips.   I am anxiously waiting to see the first of these to bloom.
3” pots
SVO 5057 NEW      
Lc. Newberry Glow 'SVO' AM/AOS x L. anceps 'Marble Queen'

These will be have long stems carrying 5-7 flowers in colors from rose to pink with the classic L. anceps shape.  A very attractive hybrid that sold out quickly the first time offered. These will make for excellent Cymbidium companions as they are very temperature tolerant.
3” pots
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SVO 5058
Pot. Oconee Circle (Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS x Blc. Oconee 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS)

“Intense red flowers of excellent shape” is the best description for this cross. AOS award potential is very high with this grex.  I am keeping 12 plants for myself!   Oconee has a long proven track record as a superior breeder with  Circle of Life may prove to be its equal.  The reciprocal is also available as SVO 5139.  Try both to see if the pod parent is influential in the offspring.   It you like large solid red flowers with darker red lips this is one to get.  First to bloom from the earlier cross
3” pots
SVO 5067       
Lc. Puppy Love 'SVO' AM/AOS x Iwan. Appleblossom 'Light Yellow'

This Puppy Love is from a remake and has beautiful soft pink, almost white flowers numbering 4-5 on a long arching inflorescence. The Appleblossom has light yellow flowers with a touch of pink in the background, good strong stems the carry 6-9 blooms and make for a very showy flower display.  With this cross I am looking for high flower count on straight stems holding the blooms above the foliage in March.   Flowers will be in a range of pastel colors from soft pink to light cream with darker pink lips.  Mature plants will be show stoppers.
3” pots
SVO 5070       
Lc. Tropical Song 'Calypso' x Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS

Flared flowers are one of my favorite flower types.  Here we have paired two great ones.
The Tropical Song is a compact plant with strong stems holding 5-7 flowers in lavender and yellow.  The Hsinying Excell is a bit more compact in its plant habit with strong stems carrying 7-9 flowers in light lavender with dark flares.  Both parents have yellow in the center of the lip and it is expected that a good number of the progeny will have this yellow splashed on the petals. I will occasionally make reciprocal crosses to see if there is a difference in the flower and plant habit.  This is one where we are testing the idea.  Reciprocal is SVO 5088
3” pots
SVO 5071       
Pot. Oconee Circle 'SVO' x Pot. Elaine Taylor 'Krull-Smith' FCC/AOS

The flowers of Oconee Circle are of excellent quality with deep red flowers, wide petals and good presentation.  The Pot. Elaine Taylor has an FCC/AOS and that says a lot about its quality.  It's also a deep true red that flowers twice a year.  These are going to be beautifully shaped, deep red flowers on 12” tall compact plants.   I am anxiously waiting to see the first of these to bloom, the potential is inspiring.
3” pots
SVO 5073       
Lc. Melody Fair 'Carol' HCC/AOS x Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS

White flowers with purple flares on strong stems.  This is a really a showy color combination. Compact growing plants will be 12-14” tall at maturity.  Melody Fair is proving an excellent parent with its large semi-alba flowers.  Hsinying Excell has a very compact plant habit with strong upright spikes; the flowers are well rounded and have beautiful flares.
3” pots
SVO 5077       
Pot. Izumi Spirit (Blc. Izumi Charm 'Winter Day' x Pot. Free Spirit 'Miami Sun' AM/AOS)

I was so pleased with this cross the first time; it sold out quickly and I have received requests to re-make it.   These flowered in shades of yellow with red lips and just a few were con-color yellow. Nice compact plant habit, flowers held above foliage, easy growing and flowering plants. First to bloom from the earlier cross
3” pots
SVO 5078 NEW      
Pot. Winners' Circle 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Oconee Circle 'SVO'

This cross was made for one reason - AOS award potential! With Winners' Circle (Slc. Circle of Life x Pot. Sally Taylor) and Oconee Circle (Slc. Circle of Life x Lc. Oconee) the breeding line here is amazing.  There is huge potential for dark red flowers with wide petals, full lips, and good stems holding the flowers above the foliage.  You must buy this one…..
3” pots $15
SVO 5079       
Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Las Brisas')

This is a remake of an excellent hybrid. The parent Mari's Song (Lc. Irene Finney x C. Cherry Chip) is a white with pink and purple splash petals carried on stems with 4-6 flowers. By pairing it with L. anceps, you can expect tall stems of full shaped lavender splashed petal flowers. This one is also temperature tolerant and can be grown outdoors in frost free climates.  I will occasionally make reciprocal crosses to see if there is a difference in the flower and plant habit.  This is one where we are testing the idea with reciprocal crosses SVO 5104. First to bloom picture from earlier cross
3” pots
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SVO 5081       
Pot. Dream Circle (Pot. Hisako Akatsuka 'Volcano Queen' HCC/AOS x Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS )

Originally developed by the late famous orchid breeder Frank Fordyce, these have garnered several AOS awards as they are large full shaped flowers with a remarkably intense red-purple-fuchsia flower color.    Plants mature at 10 to 12” tall and are strong vigorous growers producing 4-5” flowers. Here we are testing the idea of reciprocal breeding cross with SVO 5095.  Highly recommended.  Flowers from earlier cross click here,   first to bloom from this cross
3” pots
SVO 5082  NEW     
Blc. Angelique (Blc. Fordyce Fantasy 'Ruben' x L. anceps 'SVO Flair')

Fordyce Fantasy (Blc. Horizon Flight x C. aurantiaca) blooms with a beautiful cluster of waxy yellow flowers with bright red flares. The addition of L. anceps will lengthen the stem, add cold hardiness and allow the rich coloring to come through. These will be highly colored splashed L. anceps that are temperature tolerant and can be grown outdoors in frost free climates.
3” pots
SVO 5084       
Pot. Denis Roessiger (Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS )

What an amazing cross this is if you like flares; check the pictures out.  The plants are compact and have a beautiful variation in the patterning of the flares.  This is one of those “high average of quality” crosses.  This is a very nice hybrid.   Flowers from the cross 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
3” pots
SVO 5089       
Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS x Pot. Tokyo Life 'Strawberry Splash'

The parents of Hsinying Excell are (L. briegeri x Lc. Excellescombe) and Tokyo Life (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Circle of Life).   These are going to be compact plants with well shaped flowers held on strong stems above the foliage….but what color will they be?  We are expecting to have a range of flower and flare colors. Most will be in the sunset shades, orange-reds, yellows, but a few will have lavender and more purple tones.  I am looking forward to seeing these.
3” pots
SVO 5088 NEW      
Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS x Lc. Tropical Song 'Calypso' BM/JOGA

Beautiful flares in sunset colors with strong growing plants and self supporting stems carrying 5-7 flowers.    I always appreciate nicely flared Cattleyas and this cross is going to be just that. These will flower well in 4” pots and the plants will stay under 12” tall.   I occasionally make reciprocal crosses to see if there is a difference in the flower and plant habit.  This is one where we are testing the idea.   Reciprocal SVO 5070
3” pots
SVO 5091       
Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Firey Leopard 'SVO' AM/AOS

Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x C. Little Dipper) is a vigorous growing splash petal that flowers twice a year; it has proven itself a good breeder.  Firey Leopard (Slc. Bright Angel x Blc. Waianae Leopard) has amazing yellow flowers with red veining and a red overlay, very unusual coloring. It also carries its flowers for 6 weeks in perfection!   With a double shot of Slc. Bright Angel, red colors will predominate, flowers will be flared and even a few will be spotted.  A very interesting hybrid with huge potential.
3” plants
SVO 5092       
Pot. Martha Clarke 'Nice' x Slc. Tokyo Life 'Orange Select'

Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) is my wife's name sake and Tokyo Life (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Circle of Life) is a similar hybrid; both crosses bloomed with a high average of quality most likely due to the influence of the Circle of Life.  This pairing will produce full formed flowers in sunset shades with red flares.  The inflorescences will hold the 4-6 flowers above the foliage on stems that don't need staking.  I also made a reciprocal cross SVO 5097.   Excellent compact plants to bloom easily in 4” pots
3” pots

SVO 5094
Blc. Angelique Blc. Fordyce Fantasy 'Ruben' x L. anceps v. alba 'Bulls'

Fordyce Fantasy (Blc. Horizon Flight x C. aurantiaca) when crossed with L. anceps makes a hybrid a lot like the famous Blc. Picotee Passion (Blc. Horizon Flight x L. anceps).  I do expect a richer coloration with more yellow, orange and darker flares.  If you want a L. anceps lookalike in yellow and orange colors, this is it.   Temperature tolerant and will grow outside in frost free climates.
3” pots

SVO 5095
Pot. Dream Circle (Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS x Pot. Hisako Akatsuka 'Volcano Queen' HCC/AOS )

This is a reciprocal cross, to see if there is a difference in the flower and plant habit; the reciprocal is SVO 5081.  These plants mature at 10” tall and are excellent vigorous growers producing beautifully formed 4-5” flowers and are highly recommended.    Flowers from earlier cross , first to bloom from this cross
3” pots
SVO 5097       
Slc. Tokyo Life 'Dec 1st' x Pot. Martha Clarke 'My Beauty'

I will occasionally make reciprocal crosses, where we are evaluating how the pod vs. pollen parent contributes to the offspring; the reciprocal is SVO 5092.   Excellent compact plants good stems, sunset colors, to bloom easily in 4” pots
3” pots
SVO 5099 NEW       
Lcn. Mem. Doug Lance 'Rasminah' HCC/AOS x Lc. Rojo 'Cardinal'

The Mem. Doug Lance was once considered a Schomburgkia hybrid.  These will be dark red flowers held high on long stems.  These will do really well outdoors in costal California as well as in hotter climates like Florida.   These are hardy plants.
3” pots
SVO 5100       
Pot. Winners' Circle 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Hisako Akatsuka 'Volcano Queen' HCC/AOS

Winners' Circle (Blc. Sally Taylor x Slc. Circle of Life) has excellent flower size, shape and color. It is just gorgeous!  The Hisako Akatsuka is characterized by its very wide overlapping petals and dominance in breeding shape.  This is one of those crosses where if you are looking for awards, you have found an excellent opportunity.
3” pots
SVO 5104       
Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Gigas'
)
This is a remake of an excellent hybrid. The parent Mari's Song (Lc. Irene Finney x C. Cherry Chip) is a white with pink and purple splash petals carried on stems of 4-6 flowers. By pairing it with L. anceps, you can expect tall stems of full shaped, lavender splashed petal flowers. This one is also temperature tolerant and can be grown outdoors in frost free climates.  This is one where we are testing the reciprocal hybrid idea, SVO 5079
3”pots
SVO 5106       
Lc. Tropical Song 'Tango' x L. anceps 'White Marble'

Flared flowers are one of my favorite flower types.  Here we looking to add flares to L. anceps which will add stem length and make the plants cold hardy.  The Tropical Song is a compact plant with strong stems holding 5-7 flowers in lavender and yellow.  The anceps is a pure white with purple veins in the throat. The expectation is for strong stems carrying 4-6 flowers in light lavender with dark flares and perhaps yellow eyes.
3” pots
SVO 5109       
Pot. Final Touch 'Lemon Chiffon' AM/AOS x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Orange Tart'

Final Touch (Slc. California Apricot x Blc. Drumbeat) bred by the late Frank Fordyce was made famous by Carter and Holmes. The 'Lemon Chiffon' is an excellent round yellow flower with a nicely contrasting red lip.  The Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life) has equally beautiful flowers with 'Orange Tart' one of the finest flowered.  Look for full round shapes in yellows to golden orange, and perhaps flaring on the petal tips.  This is a very promising cross.
3” pots
SVO 5117       
Lc. Trick or Treat 'Orange Beauty' HCC/AOS x Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS

I have seen other successful hybrids similar to this. Trick or Treat is a well know plant popularized over 30 years ago;  it has big clusters of starry shaped orange flowers and it is still seen at the spring shows, proven by the test of time.  Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x C. Little Dipper) is a good grower and reliable 2x a year bloomer.  This combination will produce about 50/50 solid color and splashed flowers. There will have 5-9 flowers on mature inflorescences in a range of colors, but mostly oranges and reds.  These will be great spring show plants. First to Bloom
3” pots
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SVO 5118       
Blc. Charmed Life 'SVO Chiffon' x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Orange Tart'

Charmed Life (Blc. Izumi Charm x Blc. Chyong Guu Chaffinch) has beautiful well shaped, soft yellow flowers presented on strong stems. The Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life) has beautiful flowers with 'Orange Tart' being one of the finest flowered.
Well-rounded flowers in shades of yellow and orange held on strong stems.
3” pots
SVO 5119       
Slc. Circle of Life 'Fordyce Herald Angel' AM/AOS x Slc. Love Castle 'Kurenai' AM/AOS

Love Castle (Lc. Jose Dias Castro x Sl. Psyche) is an intense deep purple-fuchsia-colored flower, very unique in a mini-catt.  The Circle of Life is a full round flower in a pleasing red.  I believe the color of the offspring will be intensified from the Love Castle and the form coming from the Circle of Life.   This will be a mini-catt staying under 6” tall and have flowers that have that full-sized look.
3”pots
SVO 5130       
Eplc. Magic Wand (Epc. Kyoguchi 'M. Sano' Mutation x Lc. Trick or Treat 'Orange Beauty' HCC/AOS)

What a great hybrid this non-traditional cross is!  It produced flowers in a range of colors from orange, red and yellow on branched stems, with sometimes as many as 4 branches per stem!  The plants are super easy to grow and bloom with larger specimens putting on a show not often seen.  The flowers are about 1” across with many being produced on the branched stems.  This is a fun cross with a different look and feel about it.
3”pots
SVO 5132       
Lc. Tropical Song 'Tango' x L. anceps 'Gigas'

Flared flowers are one of my favorite flower types.  Here we looking to add flares to L. anceps which will add stem length and make the plants cold hardy.  The Tropical Song is a compact plant with strong stems holding 5-7 flowers in lavender and yellow.  The anceps is a dark lavender. The expectation is for strong stems carrying 4-6 flowers in light lavender with dark flares and some will have yellow eyes.  Similar to SVO 5106
3” pots
SVO 5135       
Blc. Bouton D'or 'Lewis' x L. Seagulls 'SVO'

So here is an unusual cross, a standard Blc. orange 'Lewis' crossed by a primary rupiculous hybrid (L. briegeri x L. milleri).  I am after the orange color that may result.  Yes this is a breeder's type of hybrid and it is hard to be sure how good these will be, but they are growing really well and the potential is there for something good.  Remember hybrids like Blc. Love Sound (Blc. Bouton D'or x L. briegeri) and Lc. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri)…..here we go.
3” pots
SVO 5136       
Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOSx Slc. Angel's Fantasy 'Solar Flare' FCC/AOS

One of my favorite breeding plants is Love Sound; it imparts flower form, color, vigorous plants, and compact growth.  It has made many excellent hybrids possessing the 'high average of quality' I am always looking for in my breeding.  The Angel's Fantasy is just an amazing color; the flares are “out of this world” nice.  The plant grows 8” tall and will bloom twice a year.  The expectation is for nice compact growth, strong stems carrying the flowers above the foliage, and blooms that range from yellow to red with yellow fares on the petals.   I have set aside 12 to see how they will flower out. I am very hopeful these will set a new standard. Picture of first to bloom
3” pots
SVO 5137       
Blc. Picotee Flight 'SVO' x Pot. Laughing Magic 'SVO'

These are going to be bright yellow with red flares on the petals.  Picotee Flight (Blc. Horizon Flight x Blc. Love Sound) has great shape and color on a compact plant.  The Laughing Magic (Blc. Laughing Boy x Slc. Fire Magic) is a bright yellow with fantastic red flares also on a compact plant.   I am really looking forward to seeing this bloom.
3” pots
SVO 5139       
Pot. Oconee Circle (Blc. Oconee 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS x Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS )

Intense red flowers of excellent shape is the best description for this cross.  Oconee has a long proven track record as a superior breeder with Circle of Life not far behind.  The reciprocal is also available as SVO 5058.  Try both to see if the pod parent is influential in the offspring.  
3” pots
SVO 5141       
Slc. Angel's Dream (Slc. Bright Angel 'Mark's Red' HCC/AOS x Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS )

Mari's Song has been proven to be a superior breeder. It is reliable to produce good flower quality, flower form, vigorous plants and sometimes fragrance in the offspring.  Bright Angel was used a lot in the late 1990's resulting in many successful hybrids.  This mating will produce a variety of color combinations in yellow and red,  and a few might be lavender.  I expect all will have some degree of flaring.  Check out this one that flowered
3” pots
SVO 5143       
Blc. Picotee Passion 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS

(L. anceps x Blc. Horizon Flight) makes Picotee Passion, with 4-5 flowers in a beautiful light pink color with a contrasting lavender picotee, all held on a anceps type stem.  Hsinying Excell is a very compact growing plant with strong stems carrying 5-7 flowers in a lovely shade of light lavender with dark purple flares.   Expect strong stems to hold the flowers high above the foliage.  The blooms will be beautifully formed pink and lavender all with bright yellow throats.  This is an excellent outdoor grower that can take heat and cold. 
3” pots
SVO 5148       
Blc. Izumi Charm 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Love Call 'Fantasy'

Blc. Love Sound and Blc. Melody Fair are the parents of Izumi Charm, an excellent breeder. By crossing it to Love Call (Sc. Beaufort x Blc. Waikiki Sunset) expect plants about 10” tall with strong stems of 4-5 yellow flowers with crimson red lips.  This is a great color combination and the plants are vigorous.
3” pots
SVO 5149       
Pot. Toshie's Charm (Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS x Blc. Izumi Charm 'Winter Day'
)
This really is a great hybrid with three AOS awards given to the first batch!  The flowers are a bright yellow of superior shape, framed by a dark red lip.  These are eye catching blooms.  The plants stay about 8-10” tall and hold their flowers without staking.
3” pots
SVO 5151       
Pot. Burana Love 'SVO' AM/AOS X Blc. Laughing Magic 'SVO'

Burana Love (Pot. Burana Angel x Blc. Love Sound) is a yellow flower with a dark red flares.      The Laughing Magic (Blc. Laughing Boy x Slc. Fire Magic) is a bright yellow with fantastic red flares on a compact plant.  Lots of red and yellow in this cross; I expect to see lots of flared blooms and plants maturing at about 10” tall.  Very colorful, very choice.
3” pots
SVO 5154
Pot. Love Passion 'Dogashima' x Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS

Love Passion (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot. William Farrell) is a true orange flower with 7-9 blooms well spaced on a strong upright stem.  Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) is a great breeder and has sired many successful hybrids.  It imparts shape, strong stems and a compact plant habit.   This grex will bloom with orange to golden-yellow flowers all with red in the lips.  Plants will be compact and mature at 12” tall and be excellent late spring bloomers.
3” pots
SVO 5155       
Blc. George King 'Serendipity' AM/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS

George King (Blc. Buttercup x C. Bob Betts) is a large, salmon-peach bloom of excellent shape.  Love Sound (Blc. Bouton D'or x L. briegeri) is one of my favorite breeding plants and I have used it extensively within a wide range of crosses.  This cross will bloom with soft yellow, pink to salmon-peach flowers displayed above the foliage.  I am also expecting to see beautifully formed flower shape. 
3” pots
SVO 5164       
Pot. Martha Clarke 'My Beauty' x Slc. Tokyo Life 'Strawberry Splash'

Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) is my wife's name sake and Tokyo Life (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Circle of Life) have both bloomed with a high average of quality, most likely due to the influence of the Circle of Life.  This pairing will produce full formed flowers in sunset shades with red flares.  The inflorescences will hold the 4-6 flowers above the foliage on stems that don't need staking.  This is similar to SVO 5092.   Excellent compact plants to bloom easily in 4” pots.
3” pots
SVO 5165       
Pot. Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS )

This is a remake of a cross with my wife's namesake, so it better be good! Compact plants, great flared flowers, easy to grow and bloom.   The original cross received many AOS awards.
3”pots
SVO 5167       
Pot. Martha Clarke 'Orange Tart' x Blc. Izumi Charm 'SVO' AM/AOS

'Orange Tart' is one of the best Martha Clarke's: great color, form and flower count. The Izumi Charm has plants like a large growing compact Cattleya, the bulbs at stay close together with vertical leaves, and strong stems holding the light yellow flowers with dark crimson red lips above the foliage.  Here we are after a larger growing but still compact plant with Martha Clarke type flared flowers.  Stems will be stronger and flower size will be improved over the Martha's as well.
3” pots
SVO 5168       
Pot. Martha Clarke 'Orange Tart' x Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS

Little Toshie (Blc. Toshie Aoki x Sc. Beaufort) is a reliable 2x a year bloomer with flowers that are bright yellow with a contrasting red lip. The plant is a vigorous grower and is a good breeder.  The Martha will contribute its flower size and flower count.  These have all the characteristics of a good, possibly great hybrid.
3” pots
SVO 5189       
Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Slc. Angel's Fantasy 'Solar Flare' FCC/AOS

Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) has orange petals and a red lip; it also has superb form, 3.5” flowers on a 6” tall plant, blooms 2x a year, and is a proven breeder. The Angel's Fantasy (Slc. Fire Fantasy x Slc. Bright Angel) is an amazing color; the flares are “out of this world” nice and the plant is 7” tall, blooming twice a year. I can hardly wait to see these flower.  You need to get some of this cross.  Here is the first plant to bloom, Second plant to Flower
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SVO 5191       
Blc. Izumi Charm 'Zoom Zoom' x Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL'

Izumi Charm (Lc. Melody Fair x Blc. Love Sound) is a great plant with large light-yellow flowers with crimson lips and grows like a large compact Cattleya.  The Golden Circle is a marvelous breeder and its color and form are outstanding.  The expectation is for orange-yellow flowers with dark red lips on strong stems.  This is an exciting hybrid for me as I believe the best of both parents will come through here.
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SVO 5196 NEW
C. J.A. Carbone 'Mother's Delight' x Soph. coccinea 'SVO' AM/AOS

J.A. Carbone is the parent of many famous hybrids like: Lc. Irene Finney, C. Irene Holquin, Lc. Susan Holquin, and Lc. Casitas Spring collectively these have over 70 AOS awards!  'Mother's Delight' has wide petals undoubtedly derived from the C. trianaei in its breeding.  The coccinea is a fine cultivar receiving its AM last year.   This breeding is similar to the very successful hybrid from Frank Fordyce, Slc. Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant x Soph. coccinea).  I am expecting rose-pink to red flowers with wide petals on compact plants. 
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SVO 5211 NEW     
Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x C. mossiae 'SVO' AM/AOS

I made this cross for one main reason…Mother's Day.   These will have 3 to 6, light yellow to white flowers with red-purple lips on strong stems and compact plants.   Some flowers will exhibit purple tips on the petals coming from the mossiae.  You can never have enough flowers for Mother's Day.
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SVO 5226       
Lc. Rojo 'Cardinal' HCC/AOS x Schom. schultzei 'Old Red'

Here is a great plant that will do as well outdoors in Coastal California as it does in Florida.  Rojo (L. milleri x C. aurantiaca) is a true red flower produced in clusters of 7-9 on a good stem.  The schultzei is a large growing plant with 6' spikes and a cluster of 10-15 deep red flowers and a purple lip with undulated petals and sepals.  These are expected to be waxy red flowers in clusters at the end of a 2' stem.  Very cool.
3” pots
SVO 5237       
Lctna. Peggy San 'Gold Country' x Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Want something different?  Peggy San (Lc. Peggy Huffman x Bro. sanguinea) is a true mini cat favoring the plant habit and flower shape of the Broughtonia with the Peggy Huffman adding size and flares.  The 'Gold Country' is a mutation out of the cloning of the Stewart's Orchids plant 'Cynosure' AM/AOS.   Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x C. Little Dipper) has flowers with nice flares, and is a good grower and reliable 2x a year bloomer.  These are going to flower on little plants. I can already see the beginnings of flower buds on the plants in 3” pots.  I expect Broughtonia-shaped flowers with flares in lavender shades.  A really cute flower.First Bloom
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SVO 5282       
Slc. Dal's Buddy (Lc. Aussie Sunset 'Cosmic Fire' x Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle')

I have seen pictures of this in the Australian orchid magazines and on their web sites but never here in the USA. The grex was originally made by David Littman and several plants were cloned and sold all over Australia.  I have always wanted some of these, so I had to make the cross myself, and here it is.   The plant matures at 6-8” tall. Most all flowers come out flared with the excellent shape imparted by the Beaufort.  Highly desirable (at least by me…)
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SVO 5283       
Slc. Menehune Princess 'SVO' x Lctna. Peggy San 'Gold Country'

Want something different? Menehune Princess (Slc. Fire Fantasy x C. Little Dipper) is a nicely flared flower that blooms 2x a year.  The Peggy San (Lc. Peggy Huffman x Bro. sanguinea) has the flower shape of the Broughtonia with lavender flares.  The 'Gold Country' is a mutation out of the cloning of the Stewart's Orchids plant 'Cynosure' AM/AOS.  This grex will have full shaped Broughtonia-type blooms with flared flowers in reds and red-lavenders. A true mini plant that will flower in a 3” pot.
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SVO 5284       
Lc. Mari's Magic 'H&R' x Blc. Topaz Love 'SVO'

Both of these have very eye catching white flowers with purple and yellow flares produced on a strong stem holding the flowers above the foliage.  Maris' Magic is (Lc. Mari's Song x Lc. Tokyo Magic) and Topaz Love is (Lc. Mari's Song x Blc. Love Sound).  This line breeding will bring out the many possible flower color variations.  I am very interested to see how many pure white flowers with purple and yellow flares are produced.
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SVO 5326       
Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. albida 'SVO' HCC/AOS

The parent Mari's Song (Lc. Irene Finney x C. Cherry Chip) is a white with pink and purple splash petals carried on stems of 4-6 flowers. By pairing it with L. albida, you can expect tall stems of full shaped, lavender splashed petal flowers.  Similar to Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song x L. anceps) I think the L. albida will reduce the plant size and add its charm to the flowers.  This one is also temperature tolerant and can be grown outdoors in frost free climates.
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SVO 5334
(Epi. Pacific Eclipse x Epi. Pacific Canary) 'SVO Yellow Sun' x Epi. magnoliae 'SVO'

'SVO Yellow Sun' blooms with a beautiful large cluster of bright, pure yellow flowers selected from the breeding of Cal Orchid.  Epi. magnoliae (conopseum) is widely distributed from Florida   Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and in to Louisiana as well as in parts of Mexico.  It is the Northern most growing epiphytic orchid in the USA.   This is also a cold hardy plant, as costal North Carolina can get pretty cold in winter.   This cross will be very easy to grow and flower with clusters of bright yellow blooms on plants staying under 12”.  These will also not produce many kiki's, keeping the plant nice and neat.   The plants are expected to be cold tolerant and should do well outside in most coastal areas that don't experience freezing.  Some plants are developing flowers in 3” pots.  This is a new style of Epi. breeding.
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Mini-Catts

The mini-cats are plants that will stay under 6” tall and bloom in a 3”-4” pot. It is not uncommon for mini-cats to bloom twice a year. Mini-cats are making a comeback, the modern breeding has developed surprisingly nice improvements where the plants are heat tolerant, produce large flowers, have brilliant colors and superb flower shape. Some of the excellent parents being used are: Pot. Rubescence, Sc. Beaufort, Slc. Tangerine Jewel, Sl. Minipet, and Slc. Pink Doll. There is always space for more of these in every collection. 

This 2014 list is the “best ever” Mini-Catt offering.  The quality of the plants and the large flower sizes produced from 4” tall plants is just astounding.   Take an extra long look at this list! These will set a new standard.

 

SVO 1688 NEW
Slc. Sierra Gem 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Pure Love 'Del Mar'

These will be superior, well displayed, flat & full shaped flowers in brilliant yellow. Sierra Gem (Slc. Hazel Boyd x Sl. Pole-Star) carries 3-5 very flat, chrome yellow flowers with burnt-orange venation. Pure Love (Slc. Seagulls Apricot x Blc. Love Sound) has brilliant yellow flowers that measure 3.5” across with exceptionally wide petals. A mini grower, to bloom in 3” pots.
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SVO 5096       
Slc. Mini Apricot (Slc. California Apricot 'Orange Circle' HCC/AOS x Sl. Minipet 'SVO')

Tangerine colored flowers on true mini sized plants, staying under 6” tall and blooming in 3” pots.  There is always room in your collection for more Mini-catts; these flower twice a year and are really nice flowers.   A super cute mini, the first to bloom did so in 18 months from flask. Picture of first to bloom
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SVO 5101       
Slc. Beau's Apricot Gem (Slc. Seagulls Apricot 'SVO 3 Alarm' x Sc. Beaufort 'Luna Rousse' )

Bright tangerine orange to red flowers on true mini sized plants.  Flowers will be long lasting and very round.  Easy to flower and will bloom twice a year in a 3” pot.  This is a very nice mini-catt and good on a windowsill with the first of these now blooming. First two plants to bloom just 18 months from flask 1 ,2
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SVO 5102 NEW       
Pot. Louise Clarke 'Outstanding' x Pot. Lebenkreis '5 Alarm'

Red, red, red, round, red flowers is what to expect from this cross.  Get the point?!   Well formed deep true red flowers with deep burgundy-black lips on plants staying under 8” tall. Louise Clarke (Pot. Golden Circle x Slc. Circle of Life) and Lebenkreis (Pot. Rubescence x Slc. Circle of Life) are in the background of the parents. Also represent are Blc. Oconee, Blc. Goldenzelle, Soph. coccinea and Slc. Seagulls Apricot - a fine pedigree indeed.
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SVO 5103 NEW      
(Slc. Red Chili x Pot. Rubescence) 'Red Alert' x Blc. Oconee 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS

'Red Alert' is a round red flower with a darker red lip on a mini plant.  Oconee is a time tested breeder with deep purple-red flowers and beautiful dark burgundy lip.   These will be a true deep red flowers with deep burgundy-black lips on plants about 8” tall.
3” pots
SVO 5105 NEW      
Blc. Laughing Boy (Lc. Dennis Olivas 'Best' x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

These will be fantastic yellow flowers with red flares on strong upright stems.  The original cross was really nice.  Customers have been asking for the re-make and here it is!  Highly recommended.  Picture of first to bloom 1, 2, 3, 4
3” pots
SVO 5107 NEW      
Slc. Red Chili 'Finest' x Sl. Minipet 'SVO'

Red Chili (Slc. Seagulls Apricot x Slc. Fire Lighter) is a very floriferous mini-catt with really round red flowers. The Minipet (S. coccinea x Sl. Orpetii) is a superb red mini breeder.  Soph. coccinea comprises 70% of the genetic makeup, but these will be much easier to grow and flower.  Expect 2x a year blooming in 3” pots on plants that mature at 6” tall.
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SVO 5113       
Slc. Angel's Fantasy (Slc. Bright Angel 'Mark's Red' HCC/AOS x Slc. Fire Fantasy' H&R')

This is the grex that got Peter T. Lin an FCC/AOS in 2004.  The best are unbelievably nice as evidenced by Peter's plant.  Looking for red flowers with yellow flares, the opposite coloring of what you normally see, which is a yellow flower with red flares.  Obviously not all are going to be FCC's, but here is a good chance to get an excellent splash petal mini-catt. Picture of awarded plant
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SVO 5116  NEW     
Slc. Bright Circle (Slc. Bright Angel 'Mark's Red' HCC/AOS x Slc. Circle of Life 'Mesmerize' AM/AOS)

Here is another great mini-catt with a big personality.  Plants will be 6” tall with 3.5” wide solid red flowers, and will bloom 2x a year.  A real nice improvement in modern mini reds.
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SVO 5138       
Slc. Mini Beau (Sc. Beaufort 'Luna Rousse' x Sl. Minipet 'SVO')

These will mature and flower in 3” pots. Most flowers will be bright red but some will be orange-yellow.  This is a great mini flowering 2x a year and just a super cute little cross.   Excellent windowsill grower and are blooming size.  Here is the first two plants to bloom 1, 2.
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SVO 5142       
Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Slc. Mini Beau 'SVO'

Bright orange mini-catts will be produced here.  Golden Circle is one of the most reliable breeding plants I use. It imparts size, shape and color as well as 2x a year flowering.  The Mini Beau (Sc. Beaufort x Sl. Minipet) is a marvelous orange veined mini-catt that flowers several times a year, staying at 4” tall.  These will be blooming in 3” pots and are highly recommended.
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SVO 5156       
Slc. Mango Spice (Slc. California Apricot 'Orange Circle' HCC/AOS x Sc. Beaufort 'Hartford's Elmwood' AM/AOS )

This is a prolific mini-catt that will bloom in 3” pots and do so twice a year.   The bright yellow to orange-red flowers are super cute.  A great cross worthy of the limited space they use and they will do well on windowsills. Blooming size in 3” pots. First two plants to flower from the cross 1, 2
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SVO 5159       
Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Sc. Beaufort 'Hartford's Elmwood' AM/AOS

This is a brand new mini-catt that I am really interested in flowering.  For this Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) the 'OPRL' = 'Orange Petals Red Lip'. That describes the color, but it also has superb form with 3.5” flowers on the 6” tall plant that blooms 2x a year.  It has also proven itself a great breeder.  Beaufort needs no introduction as a time tested and proven breeder.  I am expecting orange to yellow flowers of superior shape with red and yellow lips. Plant will be under 6” tall and the flowers will be 2.5-3” across, not to mention flowering twice a year.
3” pots
SVO 5163       
Sc. Beaufort 'Luna Rousse' x Sc. Beaufort 'Hartford's Elmwood' AM/AOS

When was the last time you saw Beaufort for sale?    Both parents are considered tetraploids and occurred as mutations in the cloning process.  Hopefully by pairing the two, we will get excellent progeny as good or better than the parents.  If you like to gamble, this is the one!
3” pots
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SVO 5197       
(Slc. Red Chili x Sc. Chester) 'SVO' x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

Want red?   That is what you will get from this cross.  These will be deep true reds, with well- formed flowers and deep burgundy-black lips on plants staying under 6” tall.
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SVO 5205       
Slc. Love Castle 'Kurenai' AM/AOS x Slc. Seagulls Apricot 'SVO 5 Alarm'

Love Castle (Lc. Jose Dias Castro x Sl. Psyche) has very unique intense deep purple-fuchsia colored flowers on a mini plant.  Seagulls Apricot (Slc. California Apricot 'Orange Circle' HCC/AOS x Soph. coccinea) is a brilliant red flower of excellent form which needs little introduction, as it has played an important role in breeding for many years.  These will flower in deep reds to purple-reds with strong little stems holding the flowers well.
3” pots
SVO 5285       
Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Slc. Cosmic Delite 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) has orange petals with a red lip and has superb form. The 3.5” flowers and the 6” tall plant blooms 2x a year and is a proven breeder. The Cosmic Delite (yes that is the correct spelling) is (Slc. Bright Angel x Sc. Batemanniana); it is mini-catt standing at just 4” tall with nice red flowers flared with yellow veins and good shape.  This cross will produce many full shaped flowers.  Plant will be about 5” tall and bloom twice a year.
3” pots
PL 108
Slc. Richard Stone (Slc. Circle of Life 'Mesmerize' AM/AOS x S. coccinea 'Tokyo Mini' AM/AOS )

'Mesmerize' is one of the higher quality Circle of Life flowers with excellent form and plant habit. The coccinea is a new miniature type with round red-orange flowers, originating from Japan.  These will be solid red flowers on a smaller plant from the original grex.  Plants are blooming size in 3” pots.  This hybrid is from the breeding of Peter T. Lin.   First flowers to bloom 1, 2, 3
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Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas

In Cattleyas the ‘coerulea’ color or ‘blue’ as it is referred to is very intriguing and rare in nature. In the early years of blue breeding there were not many known species in this coerulea color, so breeding was limited to a few possibilities. Almost always the crosses were slow to mature and produced large plants due to the influence of the known blue species at the time. Today, we have many species and hybrids to breed with, and the quality of blue flowers has been improving rapidly. Plant habit and speed to bloom have also been addressed; we now have compact plants blooming in 4” pots

For 2014 this offering is focused on producing a compact plant size with a large 4-6” flower size.  Yes, some will be 6” flower size! I am also working with the bloom period; expect most of the crosses to flower in February, March and into April.  Having coerulea flowers at the height of the show season is always a nice contrast for an exhibit. 

 

SVO 5053       
Lc. Tahoe Rose v. coerulea 'SVO' AM/AOS x C. loddigesii v. coerulea 'Blue Sky' AM/AOS

Tahoe Rose (L. purpurata x C. walkeriana) blooms with 3-5 large flowers twice a year.  The lip is a dark slate-blue and the petals and sepals are a light coerulea.  The loddigesii is still the best of the blue forms with 5 coerulea flowers, darker blue lip and a contrasting yellow throat.  The expectation is for medium coerulea segments, dark slate blue lip with a contrasting yellow spot in the throat. This is a new style in Cattleya coerulea breeding.
3” pots

SVO 5055       
C. Suzanne Hye  v. coerulea 'SVO' x Lc. Sierra Skies v. coerulea 'Leon'

Suzanne Hye v. coerulea (C. gaskelliana x C. mossiae) is very unusual to see in cultivation these days. I have had this plant for many years and after a bit of study I realized that this might be a plant with real potential.  Suzanne Hye is in the background of C. Bow Bells, one of the most famous white Cattleyas.   Sierra Skies {(C. bowringiana x L. pumila) x C. mossiae} is a great grower, flowers 2 or 3 times a year and has a pleasing blue flower and nice lip.  I am expecting to see larger than average flowers in light blue with darker lips; these plants will mature at about 12” tall.
3” pots
SVO 5076       
Lc. Floralia's Azul v. coerulea 'Sandra' AM/AOS x Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'Blue Tuesday'

These will be large 5”-6” coerulea (blue) flowers on short plants 6”-8” tall.  What more do you want?   Floralia's Azul is a proven parent for color, flower size, plant habit and its ability to flower twice a year.  Indigo Dawn (C. Dupreana x C. Mini Purple) is also a compact plant with excellent form and color.  A new and very promising pairing.
3” pots

SVO 5080       
Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'Blue Tuesday' x Lc. Lake Tahoe v. coerulea 'Blue Lip'

These will be large 5”-6” coerulea (blue) flowers on plants of 8-12 tall.  Here we are expecting higher flower count with 4-5 flowers on mature plants.   Indigo Dawn(C. Dupreana x C. Mini Purple) is a compact plant with excellent form, color and flowers twice a year. Lake Tahoe (L. sincorana x Lc Tahoe Rose) has excellent shape, flat flowers, a compact plant habit and flowers twice a year. 
3” pots
SVO 5090       
Lc. Cornelia v. coerulea  'Vi Blue Stars' x Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'Blue Tuesday'

Large coerulea (blue) flowers on small plants will be the result.  Cornelia (C. labiata x L. pumila) is a rather large flower for the plant size with an excellent lip color.  Indigo Dawn (Lc. Mini Purple x C. Dupreana) also has a large flower with wide petals and a nice full lip.  These plants will be 8” tall and most will carry large coerulea flowers in the 4-5” range all with dark blue full shaped lips.  This really is a great cross
3” pots
SVO 5131       
Lc. Tahoe Rose v. coerulea 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'Blue Tuesday'

Tahoe Rose (L. purpurata v. werckhauseri x C. walkeriana v. coerulea) is a large flower measuring up to 7” across with 5 per stem blooming twice a year; this is quite an impressive primary hybrid.  Indigo Dawn (Lc. Mini Purple x C. Dupreana) also has a large flower with wide petals and a nice full lip.  These plants will be 8-10” tall and with large coerulea flowers in the 4-6” size all with dark blue full-shaped lips.  This really is a great cross which will flower 2x a year.  Click here for a picture of the first to bloom
3” pots
SVO 5254       
Lc. Floralia's Azul v. coerulea 'Sandra' AM/AOS x C. warneri v. coerulea 'do Suzuki'AM/AOS

Here is a new direction in the breeding of standard size and shape blue flowers with compact plants. Floralia's Azul (Lc. Mem. Jack Hayden x C. walkeriana) is a very nice blue, with excellent flower shape, size and color, flowers 2 times a year on plants that stay under 8” tall.  C. warneri v. coerulea has a long-standing career in breeding blue Cattleyas, and is responsible for the famous blues like C. Valentine, C. Sea Breeze, C. Dupreana, C. Exima, and C. Purity.  I expect with the help of the C. warneri 'do Suzuki' that this grex will produce large flower size and full lips, a standard Cattleya flower look and be under 10” tall.  So here we expect big Blc. type blooms on compact plants in coerulea! 
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SVO 5258       
Lc. Love Knot coerulea 'SVO' HCC/AOS x C. intermedia v. aquinii. coerulea 'SVO Blue Splash'

Love Knot (C. walkeriana x L. sincorana) is dominant for flat flower form and is a good blue breeder.  The 'SVO' cultivar also blooms with 3 flowers per stem twice a year.  This intermedia has excellent flower form and color for a coerulea aquinii, with very flat flower form. The expectation is for about 50% flared blue flowers carried 3-5 on strong stems.  Very compact, easy to grow and flower. First to bloom
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SVO 5264       
Lc. Love Knot v. coerulea 'SVO' HCC/AOS x C. warneri v. coerulea 'do Suzuki' AM/AOS

Here is a new direction in the breeding of blues for standard size flowers and shape with compact plants. This Love Knot 'SVO' (C. walkeriana x L. sincorana) is dominant for flat flower form, is a good blue breeder, and blooms with three flowers, twice a year.  C. warneri is a time- tested breeder of good coerulea flowers. I am expecting the Love Knot to flatten the flower and warneri to add size and a large lip.   This is a very promising new direction.  Recommended.
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Large / Standard Cattleyas

These standard size Cattleyas will mature at 12” to 24” tall. They possess the similar growth habit of “Compact Cattleyas”, just taller. These are bred to have strong stems caring 5 or more flowers and will be very impressive when blooming at mature size. These make excellent display plants for orchid shows and most will bloom during the spring show season.

This 2014 season the Standard Cattleya offering is focused on plants that produce big clusters of flowers held high above the foliage. This ‘Pompom’ type flower presentation makes for spectacular exhibition plants.  Big heads of blooms in your display can really add some of that ‘snob factor’ (we all like it when our plants are the best in the show.)   If you have the room for these they are well worth growing.

 

SVO 4956       
C. Mareeba Tiger (C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS x C. schilleriana 'SVO' AM/AOS)

I have wanted to make this cross for years, now I have the best possible parental stock and here it is.  Most of us have seen C. Landate (C. leopoldii x C. aclandiae) and C. Peckhaviensis (C. aclandiae x C. schilleriana) they bloom with 3-5 very showy and fragrant flowers.  However, C. Mareeba Tiger combines the high flower count of 15-25 blooms for the C. leopoldii with the 5-7 blooms of C. schilleriana.  This is a grex that I believe will bloom with 9-15 flowers or possibly more.  The blooms will be a dark chestnut brown with darker spotting, a broad intense magenta lip and be fragrant.  Like a super high flowered schilleriana!  To the best of my knowledge this grex has not been widely offered, here is your chance to get something great.
3” pots

SVO 5072       
Slc. Golden Treat 'Big Red' x Slc. Kagaribi Dawn 'Red Star'

These are going to be deep red, star shaped flowers on strong upright stems.  Golden Treat is a spectacular plant with a big cluster of waxy red flowers.  The Kagaribi Dawn has a very eye catching vibrant red flower.   Both of these plants flower reliably in January, just in time for the Lunar New Year. 
3” pots
SVO 5083       
Slc. Golden Treat 'Yellow Lip' x Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS

Big clusters of 12 or more yellow to golden yellow flowers presented on strong stems.  The flower display will look like big yellow pompoms when the plants mature.  Blooming season in February-March is just in time for the spring orchid shows.   These will be 14-16” tall when mature, but will be worth the space when flowering.
3” pots
SVO 5087       
Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Slc. Golden Treat 'Big Red'

Big clusters of 12 or more flowers in sunset shades of gold, orange, and red presented on strong stems.  The flower display will look like a big pompom when the plants mature.  Blooming season in February-March is just in time to 'wow' everybody at the spring orchid shows.   These will be 14-16” tall when mature but will be worth the space when blooming.  A similar cross is SVO 5150.
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SVO 5121       
Pot. Love Passion 'Dogashima' x Blc. Carolina Orange D'or 'Krull-Smith' AM/AOS

Bright orange flowers are hard to come by; I just love them, so I had to make this cross. Love Passion (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot. William Farrell) is a true orange flower that produces 7-9 blooms on a long stem.  The Carolina Orange D'Or (Carolina Golden D'Or x Blc. Malworth) is a superb deep orange with excellent shape and 7-9 flowers as well.  These will have good stems producing big clusters of bright orange flowers to bloom in March, and will be real show stoppers. I can hardly wait to grow some of these to maturity.
3” pots
SVO 5123       
Blc. Schroder's Love 'SVO' AM/AOS x Blc. Cashens' Silk D'or 'SVO'

Pastel colors are not the easiest thing to breed for, but I have got a good feeling about this cross. The Schroder's Love (C. schroderae x Blc. Love Sound) simply stated is a beautiful soft pink flower with a lavender lip and yellow throat with 5 flowers on a stem. The Cashens' Silk D'or (Blc. Bouton D'or x C. Horace) is a soft yellow with excellent flower shape and lip influenced from the Horace.   So what will this flower be like?   Soft yellow to pink flowers of excellent shape with full rounded lips and 4-6 flowers presented on a strong stem.  These will be 14” tall plants at maturity and the colors will be truly beautiful.
3” pots
SVO 5125       
Pot. Love Passion 'Orange Bird' x Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS

I am really interested in orange flower these days, with the expectation of this cross really producing flowers of intense colors.  Love Passion (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. William Farrell) is a true orange flower that produces 7-9 blooms on a long stem. The Guess What (Lc. Trick or Treat x Blc. Waikiki Gold) has an intense almost glowing orange-gold flower color, with the 7-9 flowers displayed well above the foliage on a strong inflorescence.  I am really excited about this cross.  Similar cross is SVO 5161
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SVO 5144       
Pot. Twenty-four Carat 'Lea' AM/AOS x Blc. Izumi Charm 'SVO' AM/AOS

(Blc Lemon Tree x Blc. Yellow Imp) makes up Twenty-four Carat, a brilliant solid yellow flower. The Izumi Charm (Blc. Love Sound x Blc. Melody Fair) has several important breeding qualities: large well shaped flowers, a dark crimson lip, compact plant and a very strong stem holding 5-6 flowers.  The expectation is for the 4-6 large, shapely flowers in bright yellow with crimson lips on strong stems.  These are going to mature at a 12-16” size.
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SVO 5147       
Blc. Izumi Charm 'SVO' AM/AOS x self

The Izumi Charm (Blc. Love Sound x Blc. Melody Fair) is really a nice plant and flower. I don't often self plants, but in this case I felt it warranted it.  These plants are like a large growing compact Cattleya; they have bulbs that stay close together, vertical leaves, and strong stems holding the flowers above the foliage.  They are also robust growers that tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions and will mature at 12-16” tall
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SVO 5150       
Slc. Golden Wax 'Lone Star II' HCC/AOS x Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS

I am always impressed at the spring shows when I see tall plants with big pompoms (clusters) of flowers.  I have often thought of what breeding combinations would give the best results.  I have liked Golden Wax (C. Chocolate Drop x Slc. Kauai Starbright) a tall plant with big clusters of 15 plus, waxy, solid yellow flowers. The Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) is a cluster of 8  vibrant orange yellow flowers held high on a the stem.  This pairing will produce intense colored flowers in yellow and orange-yellow on tall stately plants.  Very showy…….
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SVO 5157 NEW      
Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3' x self

Every year I use this plant in a display and every year 5 or 6 people ask to purchase it….but it is my stock plant and I can't really sell it, as it is a good breeder and show plant.  Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) produces long inflorescences carrying 7-9 red flowers with a darker red lip, very showy.  I don't often self plants, but in this case I need to share. These are robust growers that tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions and will mature at 14-16” tall.
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SVO 5161       
Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Love Passion 'Orange Bird'

I am really interested in orange flowers and I think this cross will produce intense orange colors.  Guess What (Lc. Trick or Treat x Blc. Waikiki Gold) has an intense almost glowing orange-gold flower color, with the 7-9 flowers displayed well above the foliage on a strong inflorescence. The Love Passion (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. William Farrell) is a true orange flower that produces 7-9 blooms on a long stem.  Similar cross to SVO 5125
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SVO 5187       
Blc. Charmed Life (Blc. Chyong Guu Chaffinch 'Ta Hsia' AM/AOS x Blc. Izumi Charm 'SVO' AM/AOS)

What a great cross this is!  Large yellow flowers of excellent shape well supported above the foliage.   Plants will mature at 14-16” tall, so it's a standard sized plant, but it will begin to bloom in 4” pots.  I wanted to name this cross Blc. Chyong Guu Chaffinch Charm…..but I was talked out of it!   First to bloom
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SVO 5188       
Blc. Carolina Orange D'or 'Lenette' AM/AOS x Blc. Schroder's Love 'SVO' AM/AOS

I have mentioned my fascination with orange flowers and you can see that with the other orange hybrids listed.  This one is really taking a different path.  Carolina Orange D'or is at the top of the list of oranges with excellent shape and color.  The Schroder's Love is a soft pink with light lavender lip, large flowers and good shape.  It also has a strong self supporting stem with well spaced blooms.  So why cross a soft pink with an orange…. I believe the orange will dominate:  if the flowers space out along the stem and size is improved this will be an,amazing hybrid.
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SVO 5195  NEW    
Slc. Kagaribi Dawn 'Red Star' x Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3'

These will be starry, deep red flowers on long stems almost creating a look like exploding skyrockets.  Both parents are very showy deep reds with open shape.  These plants will mature at 16” tall with the flowers on stems another 12” above that.  These will make great show plants.
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SVO 5198       
Lc. Mildred Rives 'Orchidglade' FCC/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS

This grex will be similar in many ways to Blc. Izumi Charm (Lc. Melody Fair x Blc. Love Sound). These will be large compact plants, which means tight internode spacing between pseudobulbs and mature growths 14-16” tall.  The flowers will be held on strong stems in shades of yellow with dark red lips; this is a very showy combination of colors. 
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SVO 5213       
Pot. Love Passion 'Island Romance' x Blc. Izumi Charm 'Zoom Zoom'

This is a continued effort to improving shape and stem of orange Cattleyas. Love Passion is a deep orange with good stems and a flower count of 7 or more blooms.  Izumi Charm has the potential to allow the orange to come out, with its excellent flower shape and good stem.  Large plants 16” tall but with full-shaped oranges with red lips carried 5-7 on a stem.
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SVO 5263       
Lc. Summerland Girl 'Orchidglade' x Slc. Ruby Wax 'SVO' AM/AOS

Summerland Girl (C. leopoldii x C. Grandee) is extremely rare in cultivation today, but its ability as a breeder has not diminished, producing hybrids like Lc. Maui Plum, C. Allen Condo and Lc. Sagarik Wax to name a few.   Summerland Girl produces 9-13 waxy red-bronze flowers with a darker red lip on a strong upright stem.  The Ruby Wax (Slc. Mahogany Drop x Slc. Golden Wax) has as the name implies, ruby-red waxy flowers with 21 blooms per stem!!!  This is going to be a tall plant maturing at 20” to 24”.  The flower display will be spectacular; I am expecting 15 or more large waxy red flowers held well above the foliage, a very impressive sight and a sure 'knock out' when exhibited.
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Cattleya Species

Collecting select and awarded Cattleya species has been a passion of mine for many years. The collection is now over 700 plants! Recently, I started breeding the “best of the best” in an effort to have these choice and often hard to find Cattleya species available for the hobbyist. Here are some of the first things to come from the lab with many more to follow in coming years.

The 2014 list should be of interesting to all species collectors. The L. anceps are some of the best around and this is a deep offering of many fine crosses.  I am working towards having plants produce 5 and 6 flowers per stem, which is a very high flower count for L. anceps!   Also check out the C. leopoldii (tigrina) crosses.  It has taken a long time before these crosses could be made; I wanted the best plants with high flower count and best flower quality before making them.  Don’t miss these as this quality is hard to come by.  When was the last time you have seen L. alaorii for sale, or C. schilleriana and what about well priced C. violacea v. flamea?   I hope you enjoy the species list.

 

SVO 2936
L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS x L. milleri 'Harry Polk' AM/AOS
The 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' has the widest petals and the most flowers per stem (11) of any awarded L. milleri. Both have a deep true red flower color with excellent presentation.  These plants have grown an extra year in the 3" pots prior to sale and are really looking nice, many will bloom this year.  Want the best in L. milleri?  here it is.
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SVO 2937
L. milleri 'Good Lip' x L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS
'Good Lip' has a surprisingly broad full lip for this species, the flowers are not quite as dark red as 'Dr. Koopowitz Red'.  I often make crosses with plants that have remarkable qualities, I expect some of these will flower with full lips, large size, dark red color and high flower count.  These plants have grown an extra year in the 3" pots prior to sale and are really looking nice, many will bloom this year. 
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SVO 2933       
C. schilleriana 'SVO' AM/AOS x self

This is one to get, although it is not the easiest to grow (you need to be sure the plants dry out between watering in the fall, winter and spring) but the 5-7 spotted flowers with large red/purple lips, once seen are not soon to be forgotten.   The 'SVO' cultivar is of excellent quality.  These will make excellent basket or mounted plants.
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SVO 2976
L. briegeri ‘SVO Dark Yellow’ x L. briegeri ‘SVO’

Two of my finest line bred L. briegeri; both have shown excellent vigor and are growing quite well for rupiculous species but not as fast the primary hybrids.  Reciprocal SVO 4971
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SVO 4958       
C. leopoldii 'SVO' AM/AOS x C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS

Here we have an exceptionally nice pairing of two very fine plants. When breeding Cattleya species that are slow to mature, it is only logical that the best parental stock be used. The 'SVO' flowers with 48 blooms! That is the most flowers of any awarded C. leopoldii.  The 'Paul' has large, flat flowers of a pleasing rich chestnut brown.  This grex will produce the next level of improvements in the breeding of C. leopoldii.  This is one of my favorite species.
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SVO 4960       
C. leopoldii v. albescence 'Centro de Esmeralda' x C. leopoldii v. albescence 'SVO'

This is a very unique color form of C. leopoldii: white lips, green petals and sepals with light colored spotting or v. albescence.  Not often seen in cultivation and very collectable. 
3” pots
SVO 4968
C. violacea v. flamea 'Icabaru' AM/AOS x C. violacea v. flamea 'SVO Splash'

Just about the most beautiful color form of C. violacea, these will have pure white flowers, bold magenta flares on the petals and a bright magenta lip. In the past these have been very expensive.  I believe orchids should be affordable.  Nice vigorous plants.  C. violacea likes dryer and warm nights during winter with 60- 65 degrees as the minimum for good results.
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SVO 4971
L. briegeri ‘SVO’ x L. briegeri ‘SVO Dark Yellow’
Two of my finest line bred L. briegeri; both have shown excellent vigor and are growing quite well for rupiculous species but not like the primary hybrids.  Reciprocal SVO 2976
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SVO 5007       
L. anceps 'SVO Flair' x L. anceps 'Gigas'

These are not from the 'Mendenhall' strain, but from breeding done in Mexico and now at SVO.  These are the 2 best plants I have of this type.  These are the beautifully shaped dark lavender types with 5-6 flowers on a stem, a higher flower count than most.  This is a nice alternative to the now common 'Mendenhall' look of many L. anceps. 
3” pots
SVO 5008       
L. anceps 'Discplinata' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'SVO Flair'

Here is a novelty L. anceps, About 50% of these will bloom with flecks of color in the petals and sepals like the 'Discplinata'.  I do expect overall improved flower form and the ones that bloom with flecks of color will be highly desirable.   A very different style of anceps breeding.
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SVO 5018       
L. anceps v. roblingiana 'La Jolla' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Gigas'

Here is a novelty L. anceps. About 50% of these will bloom with flared color in the petals like the v. roeblingiana 'La Jolla.'  I expect an overall improved flower form, higher flower count and the most desirable will have wide petals with flares.   A very different style of anceps breeding.
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SVO 5029       
L. alaorii 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. alaorii 'SVO II'

What a great mini-catt species! L. alaorii plants stand less than 2.5” tall, bloom 2-3 times a year and have the cutest light pink flowers.  Originally described in 1967 but then lost to cultivation to be rediscovered in 1989, it is quite unusual to have such a desirable species just appear 24 years ago.  It is still hard to find in collections.  If you love Cattleya species you must make room for one or two.  These are best grown mounted or in a small basket. Reciprocal is SVO 5031
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SVO 5031
L. alaorii 'SVO II' x L. alaorii 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Reciprocal is SVO 5029
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SVO 5192       
C. leopoldii 'Dark Select #1' x C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS

'Dark Select #1' is from a selfing of 'Dark Prince' and looks to be superior in color, size and flower count.  'Paul' is a beautifully flat dark chestnut flower with a commanding presence. This is an exceptionally fine pairing of two superior plants. Breeding Cattleya species that are slow to mature requires that only the best parental stock be used.  These will be a significant improvement in the quality of C. leopoldii's. 
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SVO 5194       
C. warneri v alba 'Claire' AM/AOS x self

Good C. warneri v. alba's are hard to come by. 'Claire' was the largest of all the awarded plants with flowers just over 7” in natural spread; that's larger than the all other color forms and is quite impressive!  These seedlings are showing good vigor and are growing well.
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SVO 5293       
L. anceps 'Ultimo' x L. anceps 'Rustic Royalty' HCC/AOS

'Ultimo' is from the 'Mendenhall' breeding, characterized by its large lip and wide petals.  'Rustic Royalty' has some L. anceps v. guerrero in its breeding adding a little flaring to the petals and darkening the lip to a deep crimson-purple.   These two different styles in anceps breeding come them together to give a range of outcomes with the best having the darker, larger lip and wider petals with a light flaring.  Also 4-5 flowers per stem will be common.
3” pots
SVO 5298       
L. anceps v. roeblingiana 'La Jolla' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Disciplinata' HCC/AOS

So here we have combined the flared roeblingiana form with the flecked 'Discplinata' form.  I am hoping for flares and flecked flowers… How cool will that be?   Better get several plants to be sure you get a good one.
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SVO 5310       
L. anceps 'White Wonder' x L. anceps 'Marble Queen'

Here is an awesome polyploid hybrid that will have flowers of heavy substance and be pure white with purple veins in the throat.  If you don't have this color form, this is the best there is.
3” pots
SVO 5311       
L. anceps 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'La Reina' HCC/AOS

This is a superb cross. 'SVO' has a smooth dark lavender flower color and blooms with 5-6 flowers.  'La Reina' has very dark purple flowers and a reliable 4-5 flower count.  So how do you improve on the polyploid forms? The answer is by adding flower count. Most modern anceps only have 3-4 flowers.  This cross will have 5 to 6 flowers and have excellent flower quality!    
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SVO 5312       
L. anceps 'Gypsy Sky' x L. anceps 'Ultimo'

This cross is made with exceptional parents.  Both are from the 'Mendenhall' breeding.  'Gypsy Sky' has a large natural spread and blooms with 4-5 flowers.  'Ultimo' is characterized by its large lip and wide petals and 4 flowers.  The expectation is for larger flower size and big lips with flower counts of 4-5.    Very Limited
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Spotted Cattleyas

Spotted flowers have been a favorite of mine for years. Seeing those wonderful spots in the heat of summer is a spectacular sight. Today the development of spotted breeding include flowers that bloom in colors ranging from cream, yellow, pink, orange, green, and bronze. They can be speckled, spotted and blotched. The use of C. Mark Jones has improved petal width and size. While the hybrids with Lc. Jungle Elf, Slc. Jungle Gem and Blc. SunCoast Sun Spots will add their yellow color to the flowers.

For this is the year we have made an extra effort towards hybrids with yellow flowers and red spots.  These are really a nice accomplishment for Cattleyas as this color combination is not s easy as it looks. These new spotted hybrids are bred to carry the flowers well, on strong stems, and have compact plant habit to bloom in 4”-5” pots.

2014 is the year we have made an extra effort towards spotted hybrids. They are a  “new look” in Cattleya breeding and I think that yellow flowers with red spots are the best (I may be biased a bit!)

 

SVO 4950       
C. Comets Tail (C. Landate 'SVO' 4n x C. aclandiae 'Kathleen III' AM/AOS 4n)
This is a tetraploid grex, rare in bifoliate breeding. Landate is (C. aclandiae x C. leopoldii). Expect large flower size with heavy substance. They should look like a super improved C. aclandiae with 3-4 flowers on a stem.  This is one of those “very cool” hybrids; even species nuts will appreciate this cross. These will make excellent basket or mounted plants.
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SVO 4956
C. Mareeba Tiger (C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS x C. schilleriana 'SVO' AM/AOS)

I have wanted to make this cross for years, now I have the best possible parental stock and here it is.  Most of us have seen C. Landate (C. leopoldii x C. aclandiae) and C. Peckhaviensis (C. aclandiae x C. schilleriana) they bloom with 3-5 very showy and fragrant flowers.  However, C. Mareeba Tiger combines the high flower count of 15-25 blooms for the C. leopoldii with the 5-7 blooms of C. schilleriana.  This is a grex that I believe will bloom with 9-15 flowers or possibly more.  The blooms will be a dark chestnut brown with darker spotting, a broad intense magenta lip and be fragrant.  Like a super high flowered schilleriana!  To the best of my knowledge this grex has not been widely offered, here is your chance to get something great.
3” pots
SVO 4969       
C. Caudabec Candy (C. Lulu 'Hot Pink' AM/AOS x C. Caudebec 'Marty's Orchids')

This grex is producing the best pink flowers with amethyst spots I have seen.  Expect tall growing plants, flowers with broad segments, flower count of 8 or more and great lasting qualities.  This picture of one of the first to bloom tells it all
3” pots

SVO 5017 NEW      
Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVOII' AM/AOS

Yellow flowers with red spots and red lips, I really like this flower color combination.  This is a true novelty. You could even call it an 'Artisan Style Cattleya.'  This pairing will produce some of the finest flower quality in this breeding line.  Don't miss this one.
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SVO 5069       
C. Princess Clementine 'SVO' AM/AOS x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVOII' AM/AOS

Princess Clementine is a primary hybrid between (C. aclandiae x C. dowiana). It is a large flower with a surprising 5 blooms per stem, a rather high count considering the parentage.  The SunCoast Sunspots (Blc. Waianae Leopard x Slc. Jungle Elf) is the largest flowered yellow with red spots yet awarded.  From the Princess Clementine it is expected that the C. dowiana will improve the flower size, the C. aclandiae will add spots and the SunCoast Sunspots will confirm the yellow and add its spots as well.  Plants will mature at about 12” tall, stay compact and have larger yellow flowers with red spots.  Also there will be some flowers that are nicely fragrant.  This is one of those 'very interesting' hybrids, they could be great….
3” pots
SVO 5085       
Slc. Jungle Jewel 'Mojave' AM/AOS x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVO II' AM/AOS

This is a variable hybrid designed to produce flowers with different colors. We are hoping a few will be flowers with red petals and sepals with white lips.  One already flowered with rusty red flowers and a mostly white lip.  This cross will bloom with lots of different colors, but I expect most will be spotted with yellow background.  I usually don't make this type of hybrid but…. What if some flowers look like thisone already flowered like this
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SVO 5219       
C. Penny Kuroda 'Spots' AM/AOS x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVO II' AM/AOS

These will come in colors ranging from yellow with spots to yellow with red flares and spots.  The mature plants will be 14-18” tall and have heads of 10 or more blooms.  I am really interested to see how this cross blooms out. I have a feeling it is going to be fantastic.
3” pots
SVO 5220       
Slc. What'll It Be (C. Penny Kuroda 'Spots' AM/AOS x Slc. Jungle Gem 'Very Nice' )

These come in a variety of colors with spots and splashes. All have been showy and considered 'keepers'.  They have proven easy to grow and flower at a young age.  Penny Kuroda is a tall plant, but the progeny take after the Jungle Gem, staying about 8-10” tall.  
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SVO 5223       
Pot. Dendi's Gem (Slc. Jungle Gem 'Very Nice' x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

The cultivar 'SVO II' is the best of the grex and is a significant improvement in breeding large yellow flowers with red spots.  Jungle Gem (Slc. Precious Stones x Slc. Jungle Elf) is a darling mini with bright yellow flowers, red spots and a red lip.  These are easy to flower and will start blooming in the 3” pots.  It will be interesting to see how the reciprocal cross SVO 5225 compares with it.
3” pots
SVO 5225
Pot. Dendi's Gem  (Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Slc. Jungle Gem 'Very Nice' )

Yellow flowers with red spots - very cool.  These are compact growing plants that stay under 10” tall.  Jungle Gem is a proven breeder for color and plant size and SunCoast Sunspots is one of the best yellow/red spotted to date.  These have proven themselves easy to grow and flower. It will be interesting to see how the reciprocal cross SVO 5223 will compare it.   
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SVO 5236
Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS

I do love yellow flowers with red spots and this is the best yet. Plants will mature at 10” tall, carry 4-6 full shaped 3.5”flowers in bright yellow with red spots and dark red lips.  I can't imagine better breeding of this type. Katherine Clarkson (Slc. Jungle Gem x C. Mark Jones) 'SVO' is currently the best yellow with red spots I have seen.  The SunCoast Sunspots (Blc. Waianae Leopard x Lc. Jungle Elf) was the first real improvement in breeding large yellow flowers with red spots. These will be fantastic yellow flowers with red spots, a very choice cross. First to bloom from this cross
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SVO 5238       
Blc. SunCoast Sunspots 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Blc. Sun Spots 'SVO Best'

The SunCoast Sunspots was the first major improvement in breeding large yellow flowers with red spots. The cultivar 'SVO II' is the best of the grex.  Here we have paired it with Sunspots (Blc. SunCoast Sunspots x C. Mark Jones) 'SVO Best' which produces 12 flowers on a stem in a clear yellow with bold red spots.   This is line breeding doubling up on the SunCoast Sunspots; the expectation is for high flower count, possibly 10 or more yellow flowers per stem with bold red spots.  Recommended.
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SVO 5259       
Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Blc. Sun Spots 'SVO Best'

Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' is currently one of the best yellow with red spots I have seen.  The 3 clear yellow flowers are 'round' with well-defined bold red spots and it blooms twice a year.  Sunspots 'SVO Best' is remarkable in that it produceds 12 flowers on a stem, also clear yellow with bold red spots.  The expectation is for fuller shaped yellow flowers and red spots with 6 or more flowers per stem.   I feel this is going to be the next jump in flower quality and form for this breeding.  A must have!
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SVO 5260       
C. Mark Jones 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Katherine Clarkson is (Slc. Jungle Gem x C. Mark Jones); the Mark Jones added its wide petals to the Katherine Clarkson making it the best yellow with red spots.  By line breeding back to Mark Jones it will reinforce petal width again. I expect to see some exceptionally wide petals on a few of this grex.  Yellow base color with red spots will be the color of the majority of the offspring. Plants will be 10-12” tall at maturity.
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Cattleya Species

Collecting select and awarded Cattleya species has been a passion of mine for many years. The collection is now over 700 plants! Recently, I started breeding the “best of the best” in an effort to have these choice and often hard to find Cattleya species available for the hobbyist. Here are some of the first things to come from the lab with many more to follow in coming years.

The 2014 list should be of interesting to all species collectors. The L. anceps are some of the best around and this is a deep offering of many fine crosses.  I am working towards having plants produce 5 and 6 flowers per stem, which is a very high flower count for L. anceps!   Also check out the C. leopoldii (tigrina) crosses.  It has taken a long time before these crosses could be made; I wanted the best plants with high flower count and best flower quality before making them.  Don’t miss these as this quality is hard to come by.  When was the last time you have seen L. alaorii for sale, or C. schilleriana and what about well priced C. violacea v. flamea?   I hope you enjoy the species list.

 

SVO 2936
L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS x L. milleri 'Harry Polk' AM/AOS
The 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' has the widest petals and the most flowers per stem (11) of any awarded L. milleri. Both have a deep true red flower color with excellent presentation.  These plants have grown an extra year in the 3" pots prior to sale and are really looking nice, many will bloom this year.  Want the best in L. milleri?  here it is.
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SVO 2937
L. milleri 'Good Lip' x L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS
'Good Lip' has a surprisingly broad full lip for this species, the flowers are not quite as dark red as 'Dr. Koopowitz Red'.  I often make crosses with plants that have remarkable qualities, I expect some of these will flower with full lips, large size, dark red color and high flower count.  These plants have grown an extra year in the 3" pots prior to sale and are really looking nice, many will bloom this year. 
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SVO 2933       
C. schilleriana 'SVO' AM/AOS x self

This is one to get, although it is not the easiest to grow (you need to be sure the plants dry out between watering in the fall, winter and spring) but the 5-7 spotted flowers with large red/purple lips, once seen are not soon to be forgotten.   The 'SVO' cultivar is of excellent quality.  These will make excellent basket or mounted plants.
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SVO 2976
L. briegeri ‘SVO Dark Yellow’ x L. briegeri ‘SVO’

Two of my finest line bred L. briegeri; both have shown excellent vigor and are growing quite well for rupiculous species but not as fast the primary hybrids.  Reciprocal SVO 4971
3" pots
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SVO 4958       
C. leopoldii 'SVO' AM/AOS x C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS

Here we have an exceptionally nice pairing of two very fine plants. When breeding Cattleya species that are slow to mature, it is only logical that the best parental stock be used. The 'SVO' flowers with 48 blooms! That is the most flowers of any awarded C. leopoldii.  The 'Paul' has large, flat flowers of a pleasing rich chestnut brown.  This grex will produce the next level of improvements in the breeding of C. leopoldii.  This is one of my favorite species.
3” pots
SVO 4960       
C. leopoldii v. albescence 'Centro de Esmeralda' x C. leopoldii v. albescence 'SVO'

This is a very unique color form of C. leopoldii: white lips, green petals and sepals with light colored spotting or v. albescence.  Not often seen in cultivation and very collectable. 
3” pots
SVO 4968
C. violacea v. flamea 'Icabaru' AM/AOS x C. violacea v. flamea 'SVO Splash'

Just about the most beautiful color form of C. violacea, these will have pure white flowers, bold magenta flares on the petals and a bright magenta lip. In the past these have been very expensive.  I believe orchids should be affordable.  Nice vigorous plants.  C. violacea likes dryer and warm nights during winter with 60- 65 degrees as the minimum for good results.
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SVO 4971
L. briegeri ‘SVO’ x L. briegeri ‘SVO Dark Yellow’
Two of my finest line bred L. briegeri; both have shown excellent vigor and are growing quite well for rupiculous species but not like the primary hybrids.  Reciprocal SVO 2976
3” pots

SVO 5007       
L. anceps 'SVO Flair' x L. anceps 'Gigas'

These are not from the 'Mendenhall' strain, but from breeding done in Mexico and now at SVO.  These are the 2 best plants I have of this type.  These are the beautifully shaped dark lavender types with 5-6 flowers on a stem, a higher flower count than most.  This is a nice alternative to the now common 'Mendenhall' look of many L. anceps. 
3” pots
SVO 5008       
L. anceps 'Discplinata' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'SVO Flair'

Here is a novelty L. anceps, About 50% of these will bloom with flecks of color in the petals and sepals like the 'Discplinata'.  I do expect overall improved flower form and the ones that bloom with flecks of color will be highly desirable.   A very different style of anceps breeding.
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SVO 5018       
L. anceps v. roblingiana 'La Jolla' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Gigas'

Here is a novelty L. anceps. About 50% of these will bloom with flared color in the petals like the v. roeblingiana 'La Jolla.'  I expect an overall improved flower form, higher flower count and the most desirable will have wide petals with flares.   A very different style of anceps breeding.
3” pots
SVO 5029       
L. alaorii 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. alaorii 'SVO II'

What a great mini-catt species! L. alaorii plants stand less than 2.5” tall, bloom 2-3 times a year and have the cutest light pink flowers.  Originally described in 1967 but then lost to cultivation to be rediscovered in 1989, it is quite unusual to have such a desirable species just appear 24 years ago.  It is still hard to find in collections.  If you love Cattleya species you must make room for one or two.  These are best grown mounted or in a small basket. Reciprocal is SVO 5031
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SVO 5031
L. alaorii 'SVO II' x L. alaorii 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Reciprocal is SVO 5029
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SVO 5192       
C. leopoldii 'Dark Select #1' x C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS

'Dark Select #1' is from a selfing of 'Dark Prince' and looks to be superior in color, size and flower count.  'Paul' is a beautifully flat dark chestnut flower with a commanding presence. This is an exceptionally fine pairing of two superior plants. Breeding Cattleya species that are slow to mature requires that only the best parental stock be used.  These will be a significant improvement in the quality of C. leopoldii's. 
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SVO 5194       
C. warneri v alba 'Claire' AM/AOS x self

Good C. warneri v. alba's are hard to come by. 'Claire' was the largest of all the awarded plants with flowers just over 7” in natural spread; that's larger than the all other color forms and is quite impressive!  These seedlings are showing good vigor and are growing well.
3” pots

SVO 5293       
L. anceps 'Ultimo' x L. anceps 'Rustic Royalty' HCC/AOS

'Ultimo' is from the 'Mendenhall' breeding, characterized by its large lip and wide petals.  'Rustic Royalty' has some L. anceps v. guerrero in its breeding adding a little flaring to the petals and darkening the lip to a deep crimson-purple.   These two different styles in anceps breeding come them together to give a range of outcomes with the best having the darker, larger lip and wider petals with a light flaring.  Also 4-5 flowers per stem will be common.
3” pots
SVO 5298       
L. anceps v. roeblingiana 'La Jolla' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Disciplinata' HCC/AOS

So here we have combined the flared roeblingiana form with the flecked 'Discplinata' form.  I am hoping for flares and flecked flowers… How cool will that be?   Better get several plants to be sure you get a good one.
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SVO 5310       
L. anceps 'White Wonder' x L. anceps 'Marble Queen'

Here is an awesome polyploid hybrid that will have flowers of heavy substance and be pure white with purple veins in the throat.  If you don't have this color form, this is the best there is.
3” pots
SVO 5311       
L. anceps 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'La Reina' HCC/AOS

This is a superb cross. 'SVO' has a smooth dark lavender flower color and blooms with 5-6 flowers.  'La Reina' has very dark purple flowers and a reliable 4-5 flower count.  So how do you improve on the polyploid forms? The answer is by adding flower count. Most modern anceps only have 3-4 flowers.  This cross will have 5 to 6 flowers and have excellent flower quality!    
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SVO 5312       
L. anceps 'Gypsy Sky' x L. anceps 'Ultimo'

This cross is made with exceptional parents.  Both are from the 'Mendenhall' breeding.  'Gypsy Sky' has a large natural spread and blooms with 4-5 flowers.  'Ultimo' is characterized by its large lip and wide petals and 4 flowers.  The expectation is for larger flower size and big lips with flower counts of 4-5.    Very Limited
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