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We are in the process of updating the Catasetinae offering.  We will have many new plants……

Sunset Valley Orchids Cycnoches and Catasetum Hybrids

In past years the first Cycnoches breeding was quite interesting but then slowed due to a lack of diversity in the gene pool. Most of the original species were green, olive green, tan, cream, and spotted. Many have poor shape. The main breeders were; Cyc. warscewiczi, Cyc. chlorochilon, Cyc.loddigesii, Cyc. peruvianum, and Cyc. haagii. The progeny had well formed flowers but only came in shade of green, tan and occasional spotting. With the newly introduced Cycnoches species of Cyc. cooperi, Cyc. barthiorum and Cyc. herrenhusanum there is a renewed interest in creating new color forms. These three species are “landmark” as they possess intense color, excellent shape, and ease of culture.

The plants offered below are some of the first hybrids made with the new Cycnoches species. I have assembled the best quality species to begin the breeding process. They have been selected for color, shape, flower count and plant vigor. Naturally these qualities lead to AOS awards and as a result much of the breeding stock has now been awarded.

The seedlings have shown strong growth with many producing a few flowers on the second year growth. The plants will mature at 3 to 5 years. They will be spectacular when mature with cascading inflorescences of ‘swan shaped' flowers in a range of colors from green, yellow, red, chocolate brown, spotted, and ….. Some outstanding cultivars will have the potential to produce 40 to 45 flowers per inflorescence!

Cycnoches are quite adaptable and grow well in a number of cultural conditions suitable for Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, and Vanda. The most important factor is respecting their need for winter dormancy. In the late fall and early winter mature leaves will start to yellow and drop off, at these first signs begin to reduce your watering. By mid/late December most leaves should be yellow or have fallen off. At this point watering should be limited to once a month and only in the morning of a sunny day. Some shriveling of the bulbs is expected. Once the new growth has started to develop in the spring and new roots are 3-4” long resume the regular watering practice.

These plants are easy to grow and fantastic late summer bloomers.

With this new direction in breeding the potential for AOS awards is excellent. I expect these new crosses will make the grade and earn many awards.


SVO 703

Cyc. Kevin Clarke (Cyc. warscewiczii ‘Andy' x Cyc. herrenhusanum ‘SVO')

These have bloomed on bulbs 5" tall! Mature plants will carry 15 or more bright yellow flowers. Easy growing and flowering plants.

SVO 810

Cyc. Jean E. Monnier (Cyc. barthiorum ‘SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. cooperi ‘Dark Jem' AM/AOS)

This is a remake of an earlier cross, however I am using Cyc. barthiorum an the pod parent. Expect to see the bold spotting from the Cyc. barthiorum in the progeny. This hybrid has been receiving numerous AOS awards.

SVO 816

(Cyc. herrenhusanum ‘SVO' x Cyc. haagii ‘SVO' HCC/AOS)

Bright yellow flowers peppered with fine red spotting. Great color combination! Cascading inflorescences of 20 plus flowers measuring 2" in natural spread.

SVO 819

Cyc. William Clarke (Cyc. herrenhusanum ‘SVO' x Cyc. cooperi ‘Dark Jem' AM/AOS)

The classic swan shaped Cycnoches flowers in a new, very unusual color, gingersnap. Expect 3" flowers on pendant inflorescences carrying 25 or more blooms.

SVO 823

Cyc. Robert Dickow (Cyc. haagii ‘SVO' HCC/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii ‘Andy')

Green flowers with red spotting, carried 10 or more flowers, mature plants often produce 2 or 3 inflorescences per pseudobulb. This grex has been a robust grower and free bloomer.

SVO 851

(Cyc. warscewiczii 'Panama' x Cyc. cooperi 'Crownfox' AM/AOS)

High expectations for the cross, big, flat, and green flowers, what more can be said……..

SVO 854

(Morm. rolfeana 'Sunset Valley Orchids' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'CB')

My prior experience has taught me that this type of hybrid will be outstanding. Expect 6-10 flowers in red to orange colors of excellent shape. An appealing type of breeding which will produce AOS awards.

SVO 887

(Cyc. barthiorum 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM/AOS x Morm. rolfeana 'Sunset Valley Orchids')

A new hybrid that will produce flower colors in the red to orange shades with some dark spotting. Plants will flower with 10 or more 2.5" flowers in December.

SVO 897

Cyc. herrenhusanum (Cyc. herrenhusanum Sunset Valley Orchids' x Cyc. herrenhusanum 'Cindy Hill')

Golden yellow to greenish yellow flowers. This sibling cross will be the first step in improvement of this species. We are looking for fuller and flatter flowers from this paring of two vigorous growing and blooming Cyc. herrenhusanums.

SVO 898

(Cyc. barthiorum 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM/AOS x Morm. colossus 'Ron Kaufmann')

Flower color will range from orange to beige with darker spotting. There will be 15 or more flowers measuring in at a natural spread of 2.5" or more. Morm. colossus is not often seen in cultivation or used in hybrids.

SVO 899

Cyc. cooperi (Cyc. cooperi 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. cooperi 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

This sibling cross is the first in the line breeding for improved Cyc cooperi. Here we used two very dark chocolate colored flowers. Mature plants will have 25 or more 4" flowers on cascading inflorescences. A must have.

SVO 1112

Cyc. barthiorum (Cyc. barthiorum 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM/AOS x Cyc. barthiorum 'SVO II')

My first successful sibling cross with the two best Cyc. barthiorum in my collection. Full shaped dark colored flowers will be produced from this mating. Superb line breeding for future AOS awards.

** Some pictures are representative of the cross and not actual parents.


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