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Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas

In Cattleya’s 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.


SVO 1403

(Lc. Floralia's Azul v. coerulea 'Sandra' AM/AOS x Lc. Love Knot v. coerulea 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Floralia’s Azul (Lc. Mem. Jack Hayden x C. walkeriana) flowers twice a year and has superb, size, shape and coerulea flower color, it’s also good breeder. Love Knot (L. sincorana x C. walkeriana) is dominant for flat flower form, has good color, 3 blooms per inflorescence and a vigorous growth habit. These will produce 2-4 well formed, flat, coerulea flowers with a dark blue lip. A very nice coerulea mini-cat. Compact growing plants. Recommended 3” pots .

SVO 1428

C. Brabantiae (C. loddigesii v. coerulea 'Blue Sky’ AM/AOS x C. aclandiae v. coerulea ‘Blue Sky’ HCC/AOS)

The first Brabantiae made with coerulea parents. This loddigesii is the famous ‘Blue Sky’ AM/AOS a solid medium coerulea with a bright yellow throat. The aclandiae v. coerulea is considered very rare with its dark blue lip. We are hoping for light blue flowers, lips a darker blue with a touch of yellow, possibly some spots. The blue flowered forms will be very collectable. Some will flower pink 3” pots .

SVO 1432

Lc. Cariad’s Mini-Quinee (Lc. Mini Purple v. coerulea ‘Blue Hawaii' AM/AOS x C. intermedia v. aquinii, v. coerulea ‘Haneda' AM/AOS )

Flared, coerulea mini-cats have been few and far between but here is across that should accomplish that. Mini Purple (C. walkeriana x L. pumila) an easy growing plant with light blue flowers and a darker blue lip. The C. intermedia ‘Haneda’ AM/AOS is well formed light blue flower with aquinii flares, it is a very nice C. intermedia. All will be blue with about 50% flares; these will also be compact growers. 3” pots .

SVO 1516

Lc. Mariko Twenty Anniversary (Lc. Mini Purple v. coerulea 'H&R' x Lc. Gaskell-Pumila v. coerulea 'Azure Star' HCC/AOS)

Mini Purple (C. walkeriana x L. pumila) an easy growing plant with light blue flowers and a darker blue lip. Gaskell-Pumila (C. gaskelliana x L. pumila) a surprisingly large flower, light blue flowers with the petal streaked with dark blue near the tips. Looking for improved flower size and color on a compact grower. 3” pots.

SVO 1563

(Lc. Cornelia v. coerulea ‘Floralia’ x Lc. Tahoe Rose v. coerulea ‘SVO’ AM/AOS)

Lc. Cornelia (C. labiata x L. pumila) a nice blue with good flower size, shape and an lip color. The Lc. Tahoe Rose (L. purpurata x C. walkeriana) really impressed the judges with large size and dark slate blue lip. These are vigorous growers, to bloom with 3-4, large, light blue flowers with a dark blue and yellow lips. Very showy, a nice improvement in blue breeding.

SVO 1595

(Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'SVO' x Lc. Tahoe Rose v. coerulea 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Blue breeding for compact plants is well on its way, here is something with potential. Indigo Dawn (C. Dupreana x Lc. Mini Purple) stands 8” tall and produces 4-5 coerulea flowers with nice wide petals. Tahoe Rose (L. purpurata x C. walkeriana) flowers twice a year with up to 5, six inch wide, light blue flowers with a contrasting slate-blue lip. The expectation is for plants 8-10” tall, carrying 3-5 coerulea flowers with superbly colored lips and significantly improved flower size. 3” pots $15.

SVO 1598

(Lc. Cornelia v. coerulea 'Floralia' x C. intermedia v. aquinii, v. coerulea 'Blue Splash' )

The ‘Floralia’ cultivar of Lc. Cornelia (C. labiata x L. pumila) has superb coerulea color and shape. The C. intermedia ‘Blue Splash’ is of excellent quality, with dark coerulea flares on a flat flower. These will produce a rare combination for blue breeding, coerulea flowers with blue flares. Compact growing plants 3” pots.

SVO 1616

(Lc. Floralia's Azul v. coerulea 'Sandra' AM/AOS x Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'SVO' )

Compact blue breeding is really coming of age with hybrids like this one. Floralia’s Azul (Lc. Mem. Jack Hayden x C. walkeriana) flowers twice a year and has superb, size, shape and color and it’s also good breeder. Indigo Dawn (C. Dupreana x Lc. Mini Purple) stands 8” tall and produced 4-5 coerulea flowers with nice wide petals. These will be well shaped blues, carried 3-5 per stem, a nice and compact growing plant. 3”pots.

SVO 1793

(Lc. Indigo Dawn v. coerulea 'SVO' x Lc. Love Knot v. coerulea 'SVO' HCC/AOS )

Indigo Dawn (C. Dupreana x Lc. Mini Purple) stands 8” tall and produces 3-4 coerulea flowers with nice wide petals. Love Knot (L. sincorana x C. walkeriana) is dominant for flat flowers. This rare coerulea form has good color, 3 blooms per inflorescence and a vigorous growth habit. These will produce 2-3 well formed, flat, coerulea flowers with a dark blue lip. A very nice coerulea mini-cat. Compact growing plants. Recommended 3” pots.

SVO 1823

(C. loddiglossa v. coerulea ‘SVO’ x C. leopoldii v. coerulea ‘Kathleen’ ) Picture of the first to flower. Second and Third to bloom.

The Loddiglossa (C. amethystoglossa x C. loddigesii) has 9 to11 light blue flowers with darker lips, produced on a 12” inflorescence. The leopoldii blooms with 7 or more flowers, the petals and sepals are green, the lip and part of the column are blue. Expect flowers to be green with coerulea lips. Imagine green flowers with blue lips….The best of these will become important collector plants. Don't miss out. 3” pots .

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

 

 

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