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This is the "breeders’ choice" of the newest Catasetum hybrids
Buy 6 plants and get one free for $105 plus shipping

SVO 9581
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Hoorah' x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Very Nice')

This cross is bringing together two of the best mini-Catasetum hybrids produced, Melana Davison (denticulatum x Penang) and Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum).  'Hoorah' is particularly beautiful, and the yellow base color of the lip and red markings throughout make it unique. 'Very Nice' has boldly marked flowers with prominent yellow, burgundy and chestnut colors - another stunning cultivar. We are expecting many good qualities from this cross: quick maturing plants that bloom throughout the growing season with 15+ shapely flowers on arching inflorescences in a range of memorable colors, primarily yellows and reds.
3” pot $18

Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Hoorah' Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Very Nice'







SVO 9584
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'SVO Sunshine' x Ctsm. Daniela Isabel 'Red/Yellow Lip & Freckles')

Ctsm. Chuck Taylor (denticulatum x Portagee Star) is a high-quality mini-Catasetum cross that produced many fine cultivars. 'Sunshine' is one of our favorites, as it has the most beautiful yellow lip, and it's proving to be a good parent. Daniela Isabel (Portagee Star x Karen Armstrong) has produced several awarded plants. This cross is noted for its flower color and free-flowering habit. Both of the parents used in this cross share a common ancestor, Ctsm. Portagee Star, which is expected to contribute color and large flower size. The remainder of the genetic makeup is predominantly influenced by denticulatum, which will keep plant size small and add burgundy spotting to the flowers. This a very interesting combination, producing beautiful spotted flowers with red and yellow lips on small-growing plants.
3” pots $18

Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'SVO Sunshine' Ctsm. Daniela Isabel 'Red/Yellow Lip & Freckles'








SVO 9585
Ctsm. Memoria Dorothy Wells (Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'SVO Sunshine' x Ctsm. Dentigrianum 'SVO Excellence')

Ctsm. Chuck Taylor (denticulatum x Portagee Star) was a match made in heaven, and this cross resulted in many great plants. 'SVO Sunshine' has the most beautiful yellow lip and has been a solid parent, giving rise to several nice crosses so far. Dentigrianum (denticulatum x tigrinum) was a breakthrough in mini-Catasetum breeding. What this primary hybrid lacks in genealogical complexity it makes up for in charm, with beautifully-formed flowers in white, uniformly spotted with burgundy, and a soft yellow lip with a dentate margin. Since both parents are mini-Catasetums, the plants will stay under 6” tall, produce 15 or more flowers per inflorescence, and bloom 2-3 times a season. Flower colors will be light yellow with varying degrees of spots, with lips in shades of yellow and red. Check out this first bloom PICTURE Easy to bloom in 3” pots. The reciprocal cross is SVO 9582.
3” pot $18

Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'SVO Sunshine' Ctsm. Dentigrianum 'SVO Excellence'







SVO 9587
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Dark Odyssey 'SVO Dark Night')

Ctsm. John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is a spectacular hybrid! The huge, flat, nearly black lip of the cultivar 'Ursa Major' really impressed the judges, and this plant received a First Class Certificate (FCC/AOS) for Ryan Kowalczyk. 'Ursa Major' blooms 2-3 times a year, and female flowers are often produced first each season, thus this plant has been used frequently as a capsule parent. Ctsm. Dark Odyssey (Ctsm. Karen Armstrong x Ctsm. Darkness) includes a long list of exceptional plants. I was looking through my photos and came up with 8 named cultivars I kept for breeding - that's a lot! 'SVO Dark Night' has the largest lip and richest color, plus lots of well-arranged flowers. This cross is all about super dark burgundy flowers with huge shield-shaped lips!  The plants will be modest in size, just a little larger than mini-Catasetums, and I expect flowering 2-3 times a year.
3” pot $18

Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS Ctsm. Dark Odyssey 'SVO Dark Night'







SVO 9588
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Wonder Spots')

John C. Burchett (Ctsm. João Stivalli x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs) is one of the most impressive of the modern pileatum-based Catasetum hybrids. It has unusually rich burgundy color and a huge, flat, nearly-black lip. The FCC/AOS awarded to 'Ursa Major' is a testament to its amazingly high quality. Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum) 'Wonder Spots' has boldly marked flowers with prominent yellow, burgundy and chestnut colors. It's a good grower and is frequently in flower. We are hoping for large flowers in darkest burgundy with big broad lips spotted in yellow. The plants will be like large mini-Catasetums and should bloom 2-3 times a year.
3” pot $18

Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Wonder Spots'







SVO 9596
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (Ctsm. Dentigrianum 'SVO Excellent' x Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS)

Ctsm. Dentigrianum (denticulatum x tigrinum) 'SVO Excellence' is an amazing plant with a great flower! The plant is a strong bloomer as well, flowering multiple times a season. Ctsm. Portagee Star (Ctsm. pileatum x Ctsm. Black Knight) is comprised of just three species: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum. The flower quality is surprisingly nice: the shape is full, the lip is flat, and the color is an attractive light yellow with a blush of red. These will be like super improved Ctsm. Chuck Taylor with larger flowers, fuller shape and pronounced dentate lips. Really wonderful mini-Catasetums.
3” pot $18

Ctsm. Dentigrianum 'SVO Excellent' Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS







7th Gift Plant

SVO 9610
Ctsm. sanguineum (Ctsm. sanguineum 'Monkey Face' x Ctsm. sanguineum 'Excellent Shape')

Native to Venezuela, the name of this species refers to blood-like coloration of the flowers in some cultivars. This species produces straight, upright inflorescences with as many as 16 flowers in October and November. Plants are sturdy, robust growers. The flower shape is quite unusual - take a good look at 'Monkey Face'; can you see the monkey face? We have used our two best cultivars in this first time offering of a very unusual species.
3” pots $22

Ctsm. sanguineum 'Monkey Face' Ctsm. sanguineum 'Excellent Shape'







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This is the "breeders’ choice" of the newest compact Cattleya hybrids
Buy 6 plants and get one free for $90 plus shipping

SVO 7876        
Pot. Star Fire 'Ruben's Red' x Slc. Rockette 'Little Rock' AM/AOS)
Star Fire (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot. Rubescence) 'Ruben's Red' produces 7 flowers in solid saturated red, and the ruffled red lip becomes darker red centrally. Rockette (Lc. Koolau Seagulls x Sc. Beaufort) 'Little Rock' carries 5-6 well-spaced starry flowers in a pleasing red-orange color on a nice stem, all from a compact plant. This cross is very promising for great red-orange color and excellent shape, and the well-presented flowers will be produced from compact plants. An excellent modern red Cattleya cross! The reciprocal is available as SVO 7832, an unusual opportunity to evaluate the effects of capsule vs. pollen parent.
3” pots $15

Pot. Star Fire 'Ruben's Red'

Slc. Rockette 'Little Rock' AM/AOS








SVO 7843       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Chyong Guu Chaffinch 'Ta-Hsin' AM/AOS x 
Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS)
Chyong Guu Chaffinch (Blc. Yellow Ball x Blc. Sunset Bay) has a magnificent yellow flower with a yellow lip rimmed in red. The 3 huge blooms per inflorescence command attention from across the greenhouse. Little Toshie (Sc. Beaufort x Blc. Toshie Aoki) has superb, flat, bright yellow flowers and dark red lips. It flowers 2-3 times a year and has proven itself a great parent. What would make Little Toshie better? We think that larger yellow flowers and full ruffled red lips would be a nice improvement, while keeping the flat flower form and compact growth habit.  These should be great!
3” pots $15

Blc. Chyong Guu Chaffinch 'Ta-Hsin' AM/AOS

Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS








SVO 7842
Pot. Memoria Jim Nikou 'James' HCC/AOS x Blc. Toshie Aoki 'Pizzaz' AM/AOS)
The Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) has bright yellow flowers with just a bit of red on the lip. Its excellent shape and twice-a-year flowering make this a desirable parent. Toshie Aoki (Blc. Faye Miyamoto x Blc. Waianae Flare) has been around since the early 1980's, and its large, bright yellow flowers with red flared petals and red lips have commanded attention for over 40 years. Will this be the perfect compact yellow Catt with a red lip? These should produce compact plants with large 4” bright yellow flowers with red lips, and some will have a red splash in the petals. Could this be better than Pot. Little Toshie?
3” pots $15

Pot. Memoria Jim Nikou 'James' HCC/AOS

Blc. Toshie Aoki 'Pizzaz' AM/AOS








SVO 7669        
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Lisye Sentiasa 'SVO' AM/AOS x Blc. Robert and Michael 'SVO')

There is nothing like deep vibrant purple Cattleyas. However, the plant are usually standard-sized (i.e., large). Here we have made a cross with this highly desirable flower color and large size on plants that will stay under 10” tall! Lisye Sentiasa (Slc. Angel Jack x Lc. Mini Purple) has intense color on a plant with a mini-Catt stature, and Robert and Michael (Blc. Hunting Island x Lc. Aloha Case) has amazing flower shape and large size. This is a very promising cross for compact plants with dark purple flowers!
3” pots $15

Slc. Lisye Sentiasa 'SVO' AM/AOS

Blc. Robert and Michael 'SVO'







SVO 7805
Lc. Rosie's Surprise 'Crestview' x C. Dubiosa 'Scully' HCC/AOS)
Rosie's Surprise (Lc. Irene Finney x C. walkeriana) is an impressive flat, soft pink flower with wide petals and a beautifully contrasting lip in white, yellow and purple. I have been very impressed by the flower longevity of hybrids made with Dubiosa (C. trianae x C. loddigesii). In many cases they've lasted 6-9 weeks! Dubiosa's 5-8 flowers are well-displayed, and almost white, with a hint of lavender evident in the lip. These will be pinks with darker purple lips and yellow throats. We expect 4-5 well-supported flowers per inflorescence with amazing flower longevity. 
3” pots $15

Lc. Rosie's Surprise 'Crestview'

C. Dubiosa 'Scully' HCC/AOS







SVO 7804 
Pot. Hawaiian Prominence ‘America’ AM/AOS x Pot. Rubescence ‘SVO’ AM/AOS)
Hawaiian Prominence (Blc. Hisako Akatsuka x Slc. Wendy's Redstone) produces an eye-catching display with flowers that have been described as “deep velvety ruby purple with a ruby purple lip and bright yellow throat” with large at 4.5” flowers on plants barely 10” tall.  Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagulls Apricot) ‘SVO’ is a legendary breeding plant, it’s dominant traits for flower shape, color, plant habit has revolutionized the modern compact cattleya breeding.  We can predict with certainty this cross will have dark red flowers with a hint of purple, excellent rounded shape with burgundy red lips with yellow throats; the plants will first flower in 3” and 4” pots be good growers. Just a great cross, check out how good the first bloom was! PICTURE 
3” pots $16

Pot. Hawaiian Prominence ‘America’ AM/AOS

Pot. Rubescence ‘SVO’ AM/AOS







7th Plant

SVO 7947       
C. Mareeba Tiger (
C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4n x C. schilleriana 'SVO Yes 4n')
Very similar to SVO 7945, but here we use a sibling 4n leopoldii. C. Mareeba Tiger combines the high flower count from C. leopoldii (15-25) with the 5-7 blooms of C. schilleriana. I believe these will bloom with 9-15 huge 5” flowers. Blooms will be nicely fragrant and dark chestnut brown with darker spotting and a broad intense magenta lip. Like a super floriferous schilleriana!  Here is your chance to get something great.
3” pots $18

C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4n

C. schilleriana 'SVO Yes' 4n'







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