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Compact Cattleyas

The compact growing Cattleyas have been gaining considerable interest with hobbyist for some important reasons.

  • Plants will stay under 12” tall and bloom in 4”- 5” pots.
  • They save on space which makes for more flowers per sq. ft.
  • Smaller plants with large bloom size in a 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.

Sunset Valley Orchids has been breeding the compact cattleyas lines for many years. Our efforts have developed many fine hybrids and we consider ourselves the leaders in this breeding direction. We use many select breeding plants in the development of these with the most important being; Lc. Tokyo Magic, Blc. Love Sound, Pot. Rubescence, Lc. Culminant, Lc. Mini Purple and Slc. Circle of Life. There are also some promising newer plants that have the all the traits of a good parent like: Pot. Martha Clarke, Blc. Izumi Charm, Pot. Tokyo Life, Lc. Love Passion, Slc. Sierra Gem and Pot. Pure Love. This newer parental stock will impart a strong growth habit, reliable blooming and of course compact plant habit 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 listed here with great potential.

 
SVO 1370

Lc. Gold Star 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Lc. Seagulls Tangerine 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) has intense, bright orange-yellow starry shaped flowers carried 9-11 on upright stems. Seagulls Tangerine (L. harpophylla x L. kautskyi) has bright orange flowers well held above the foliage, 11-15 per inflorescence. Expect strong stems of 11+ starry intense bright orange to yellow flowers. Compact growing.

SVO 1404

Slc. Wasp Nest 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Love Passion 'Dogashima'

Wasp Nest (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. Tangerine Jewel) produces 10-15 bright red-orange flowers. Love Passion (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot. William Farrell) is a true orange flower nicely shown above the foliage. With two shots of Lc. Trick or Treat expect plants to produce strong upright spikes carrying 10 or more bright orange-red flowers in March. Mature plants will be very impressive.

SVO 1495

Dialc. Silver Maker 'Lullaby Baby' x Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS

This is taking Diacrium (Caularthron) breeding in a new direction. Diacrium hybrids are vigorous growers that enjoy summer heat. Silver Maker (Dialc. Silver Toy x C. Dubiosa) produces shapely, pink flowers on strong stems. Hsinying Excell (Lc. Excellescombe x L. briegeri) develops nice stems of well formed, light lavender flowers with darker purple flares. I believe Hsinying Excell to be a great breeder like Blc. Love Sound and Lc. Tokyo Magic. Expect pink to lavender flowers of excellent shape, some with purple flares. Compact growing

SVO 1537

C. Claesiana (C. intermedia var. aquinii 'Francisco Miranda' x C. loddigesii 'Aranda B' HCC/AOS )

This is a remake of an old hybrid. With this remake we are using a fine example of the aquinii form of C. intermedia and a very full and large flowered C. loddigesii. Expect 4-6 lavender pink flowers with about 50% with purple petal flares. Excellent vigor and great looking flowers, a classic Cattleya. Similar to SVO 1562 with a different clone of C. intermedia var. aquinii. Compact to large plant sizes

SVO 1554

Blc. Izumi Charm 'Winter Day' x Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS

This is breeding for larger Pot. Martha Clarke type flowers. Izumi Charm (Blc. Love Sound x Lc. Melody Fair) is a large, lovely, light yellow flower of excellent shape on strong stems. Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant x Soph. coccinea) is a great breeder; and is dominant for its round flowers of excellent shape. The Blc. Izumi Charm will give strong stems and lip color, the Slc. Circle of Life adds color and wide petals. A great pairing. The first to bloom have been very nice.

SVO 1562

C. Claesiana (C. intermedia var. aquinii 'Francisco Miranda' x C. loddigesii 'Aranda B' HCC/AOS)

This is a remake of an old hybrid. For this remake we have selected superb species as the parents. This C. intermedia has very flat flowers and the C. loddigesii a very full and large flowered. Expect 4-6 lavender pink flowers with about 50% with purple petal flares. Excellent vigor and great looking flowers, a classic Cattleya. Similar to SVO 1537 with a different clone of C. intermedia var. aquinii. Compact to large plant sizes

SVO 1582

C. intermedia var. aquinii 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Lc. Carmela’s Tropical Beauty 'SVO' AM/AOS

The C. intermedia var. aquinii used here presents its petals in a flat plane with excellent dark flares. Carmela’s Tropical Beauty (Lc. Mem. Robert Strait x Lc. Aloha Case) is beautiful with wide lavender petals and dark spade lip; the blooms are reminiscent of a huge C. walkeriana. We are looking for 3-5 lavender flowers with many having dark purple splashes. Expect a surprisingly large flower on a compact plant

SVO 1590

Pot. Rubescence 'Little Brother' x Pot. Oconee Circle 'SVO'

This cross combines 2 of the best red hybrids and is destined to produce the next generation of fine reds! Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagull’s Apricot) is compact growing with full shaped deep red flowers. Oconee Circle (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Circle of Life) is a superb stunning cerise red that positively glows in the light. Highly recommended and not to be missed!

SVO 1602

Lc. Carmela's Tropical Beauty 'SVO Angel' x Pot. Oconee Circle 'SVO'

Carmela’s Tropical Beauty (Lc. Mem. Robert Strait x Lc. Aloha Case) is beautiful with wide lavender petals and dark spade lip; the blooms are reminiscent of a huge C. walkeriana. Oconee Circle (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Circle of Life) is a superb stunning cerise red that positively glows in the light. This is a speculative cross, however similar breeding has proved successful. The expectation is for full shape, rounded flowers with purple red color.

SVO 1620

Epc. Kyoguchi 'M. Sauno' x L. Seagulls Tangerine 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Here is a new direction in Epicat breeding. Kyoguchi (C. aurantiaca x Enc. aromaticum) has 40-50, fragrant, lemon yellow flowers produced on multiple, branched inflorescences. Seagulls Tangerine (L. harpophylla x L. kautskyi) carries 11-15, bright orange flowers held well above the foliage. Expect large clusters of brilliant orange-yellow, starry flowers above the foliage, a few spikes may even be branched. A new look in Epicat breeding with spectacular flower count and these do excellent in the heat. Compact growing. Very nice and different.

SVO 1637

Slc. Aloha Jewel 'SVO' x C. Orchidglade 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Aloha Jewel (Slc. Tangerine Jewel x Slc. Kauai Starbright) has bright orange-yellow flowers and good shape. We have paired it with Orchidglade (C. aurantiaca x C. walkeriana) which has clusters of 5-7 flowers that are salmon-pink with bright yellow lips. The first to bloom have been nice clusters of 6 flowers mostly in shades of salmon orange a different color for most Cattleyas. First to bloom plant 1453

SVO 1684

Slc. Jillian Lee 'SVO Solid Red' x Lc. Culminant 'La Tuilerie' HCC/AOS

Culminant is the parent of the famed Slc. Circle of Life. Jillian Lee (Sl. Orpetii x Sc. Beaufort) is a fine mini-cat with about 50% Soph. coccinea genes. We are expecting the high % of Soph. coccinea to influence flower form towards very round shapes in shades of dark red reminiscent of Slc. Circle of Life. These will be compact growing.

SVO 1700

L. Gold Star 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. Gold Star 'Neon Yellow'

Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) has intense, bright orange-yellow flowers carrying 9-11 on upright stems. This sib cross will give strong stems of starry intensely colored flowers on compact growing plants.

SVO 1733

Slc. Wasp Nest 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS

Wasp Nest (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. Tangerine Jewel) produces 10-15 bright red-orange flowers. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) is a vigorous grower with strong stems of yellow flowers. Expect spikes of 6-8 yellow to orange flowers held above the foliage.

SVO 1739

Blc. Willette Wong 'The Best' AM/AOS x Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS

Willette Wong (Blc. Tassie Barbero x Blc. Toshie Aoki) is a superbly formed brilliant yellow flower, with bright red lip and two yellow eyes. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) is a proven breeder, with strong spikes of well shaped clear yellow flowers and red lips. Expect improved flower size and shape; the yellow blooms will be full shaped flowers with bright red lips. These are robust growing and handsome plants. Reciprocal cross to SVO 1749.

SVO 1749

Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS x Blc. Willette Wong 'The Best' AM/AOS

Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) is a proven breeder, with strong spikes of well shaped clear yellow flowers and red lips. Willette Wong (Blc. Tassie Barbero x Blc. Toshie Aoki) is a superbly formed brilliant yellow flower, with bright red lip with two yellow eyes. Expect improved flower size and shape; the yellow blooms will have bright red lips. Excellent robust plants. Reciprocal cross to SVO 1739.

SVO 1776

C. Orchidglade 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

Orchidglade (C. walkeriana x C. aurantiaca) blooms twice a year with clusters of showy, orange flowers. Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagull Apricot) is just spectacular with crimson red flowers of excellent form. We have been pleasantly surprised that the first to flower have all been reds! These are strong vigorous growers. Here is a picture of the first two to flower 1465, 1466

SVO 1805

Blc. Rosebud 'Carmela' x Lc. Bonnie Temperly 'SVO Mr. Wonderful'

Rosebud (Blc. Ronald Hausermann x Lc. Mini Purple) is a compact Cattleya with full shaped purple flowers and dark purple petal flares and is my favorite of this type. Bonnie Temperly (Lc. Rosie’s Surprise x Lc. Mem. Robert Strait) has excellent shape and is a big lavender flower. Compact growers, great flower form and dark lavender blooms on a robust plant.

SVO 1806

Blc. Rosebud 'Carmela' x Pot. Creation 'Summer Choice' HCC/AOS

Rosebud (Blc. Ronald Hausermann x Lc. Mini Purple) is a compact Cattleya with full shaped purple flowers and dark purple petal flares; it is one of my favorite of this type. Creation (Blc. Chatoyant x Lc. Orglade’s Glow) a light lavender flower with dark purple flares carried on good upright stems. These will produce compact plants, carrying 5-7 blooms on good stems in lavender to purple flower colors all with darker flares. Nice

SVO 1865

Blc. Cosmo-Zelle (Blc. Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' AM/AOS x Sc. Beaufort 'Luna Rousse' )

This is a remake of a hybrid that was made in Japan. As far as we know, none have made it to the US! This will be an excellent hybrid with full shaped golden yellow flowers with 2 red eyes in the lip. Plants are robust and compact growers. Highly recommended.

SVO 1872

Blc. Honolulu Sunset 'Wakida' AM/AOS x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

Honolulu Sunset (Blc. George Angus x Blc. Waikiki Sunset) is a standard size Cattleya with beautiful art shade to red-orange flowers. Here we have paired it with the compact crimson red Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagull’s Apricot). Expect beautiful full shaped orange to deep red on compact plants.

SVO 1871

Bc. Little Marmaid 'Janet' AM/AOS x Lc. Angel Love 'Pink Panther'

Little Marmaid (Bc. Maikai x C. walkeriana) a very attractive pink-lavender with full spotted lips and Angel Love (Lc. Puppy Love x Lc. Angel Walker) nice light pink with good form. This combo will produce baby pink flowers with spotted darker lavender lips.

SVO 1878

Pot. Gold Medallions (Slc. Wasp Nest 'Blood Orange' HCC/AOS x Blc. Love Sound ‘Dogashima' AM/AOS)

The color and shape of the flowers inspired the name of this cross; they look like clusters of gold coins. Wasp Nest (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. Tangerine Jewel) produces 10-15 bright red-orange flowers. Love Sound (Blc. Bouton D’Or x L. briegeri) is a favorite breeding plant; it carries clusters of nice clear yellow flowers on great stems. These will be nice clusters of round, yellow-orange flowers on good up right stems.

SVO 1891

Pot. Gold Medallions 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Slc. Aloha Jewel 'SVO Tangerine Red'

Tangerine orange colored flowers are always nice; we have been working on this breeding line for several years. Gold Medallions (Slc. Wasp Nest x Blc. Love Sound) has flowers that are a solid rich yellow-gold carried in clusters of 5-7. Aloha Jewel (Slc. Tangerine Jewel x Slc. Kauai Starbright) has bright orange-yellow flowers and good shape. These will be compact plants, with flowers in shades of golden-yellow to orange.

SVO 1895

Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'déjà vu' AM/AOS)

This is a remake of an excellent hybrid. 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 flat star shaped, lavender splashed petal flowers. This one is also temperature tolerant and can be grown outdoors in frost free climates.

SVO 1897

Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'White Marble')

This is a similar to SVO1895 but using a white L. anceps. Mari’s Song (Lc. Irene Finney x C. Cherry Chip) is a white with pink and purple splash carrying stem of 4-6 flowers. By pairing it with L. anceps ‘White Marble’, you can expect tall stems of flat star shaped pink flowers splashed with lavender petal. This one is also temperature tolerant and can be grown outdoors in frost free climates.

SVO 1903

Pot. Martha Clarke 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Sc. Beaufort 'Luna Rousse'

Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life) has the good qualities in a compact Cattleya; great color, shape, flower arrangement and plant habit. We have paired it with the mini-cat Sc. Beaufort (S. coccinea x C. luteola) a well known and popular breeder. These will be nice yellows and oranges, with possible red tip flares, on very compact to mini plants.

SVO 1913

Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3' x Slc. Circle of Life 'Red Halo' HCC/AOS

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Spring Fires) bears heads of bright orange-red flowers, influenced by Lc. Eva (L. cinnabarina x C. aurantiaca) as a grandparent on both sides. In combining it with famed parent Slc. Circle of Life, we are expecting 4-5 red to red-orange flowers held on strong stems.

SVO 1915

Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3' x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Spring Fires) bears heads of bright orange-red flowers, influenced by Lc. Eva (L. cinnabarina x C. aurantiaca) as a grandparent on both sides. In combining it with the reliable breeding of Pot. Rubescence, we are expecting 4-5 dark red flowers held on strong stems.

SVO 1929

Blc. Horizon Flight 'Happy Landing' JC/AOS x Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS

Horizon Flight (C. intermedia x Blc. Buttercup) a beautifully shaped yellow with red flares and a proven breeder. Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant x Soph. coccinea) is also great breeder; and is dominant for its very round flowers of excellent shape. An amazing cross will have superb shape, flowers in sunset colors, many with showy flares.

SVO 1950

Lc. Tropical Rainbow 'Montclair' x Slc. Circle of Life 'Trailblazer' AM/AOS

Tropical Rainbow (Lc. Commander x Lc. Tropic Glow) has great tri-color flowers presented on a strong stem. Lc. Commander is a very popular breeding plant in Japan due to its ability to pass on its fine form. Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant x Soph. coccinea) is a great breeder; and is dominant for its round flowers of excellent shape. The doubling up of well formed parents and the good stems of Tropical Rainbow will produce plants that carry the red-purple to red-orange flowers well. Very interesting cross.

SVO 1956

Slc. Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant 'La Tuilerie' HCC/AOS x Soph. coccinea 'SVO')

This is a remake of this hybrid originally made by Frank Fordyce. The original grex garnered 11 AOS awards and has proven to be outstanding parent. Here we have used a very vigorous coccinea. Look for 4-5” very round red flowers. This is the last batch for a while, get them while you can.

SVO 1977

Pot. Pure Love (Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x Slc. Seagulls Apricot 'Full Circle' )

We remade this due to the high quality of flowers resulting from the original cross which garnered 4 AOS awards. These are compact/mini growers with very round flowers in shades of yellow and orange, some with red tip flares. Very nice. Here are some pictures from the earlier cross 1459, 454, 455, 610,

SVO 1991

Psh. Radia-Cochlea (Psh. cochleata 'SVO' 4n x Psh. radiata)

Here is a fun hybrid between two Prosthechea species. Both are green with upside down flowers. Expect long blooming spikes of green with striped lips. Most likely these will be fragrant due to the Psh. radiata parent. Very easy to grow!

SVO 2035

Dialc. Silver Heart 'SVO' x Lc. Hsinying Excell 'DG' HCC/AOS

Silver Heart (Dialc. Silver Snowflake x Lc. Angel Heart) a beautiful baby pink flower carried well in groups of 5-7 blooms. Hsinying Excell (Lc. Excellescombe x L. briegeri) develops nice stems of well formed, light lavender flowers with darker purple flares. I expect Hsinying Excell to be a great breeder like Blc. Love Sound and Lc. Tokyo Magic. This is taking Diacrium (Caularthron) breeding in a new direction. Diacrium hybrids are vigorous growers that enjoy summer heat. Expect pink and lavender flowers of excellent shape, some with purple flares. Here is a picture of the first to bloom 1306

SVO 2095

Pot. Martha Clarke 'Outstanding' x Pot. Martha Clarke ‘Red Flare'

Here I have crossed two siblings of the grex named after my wife, Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life). Each of the siblings has excellent color, stem and plant habit. Sib mating will reinforce the good qualities and bring out additional variations in flower color. The original grex sold out quickly and currently has received 6 AOS awards. Compact growing, Recommended

SVO 2097

C. Chocolate Drop 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Winners' Circle 'Champion'

This hybrid is similar to the popular Blc. Cherry Suisse (Blc. Oconee x C. Chocolate Drop). The Chocolate Drop came out of a selfing of ‘Kodama’ and is a significant improvement with the widest petals of any Chocolate Drop at 2.9 cm. The Winners’ Circle (Pot. Sally Taylor x Slc. Circle of Life) is a large, well shaped cerise red flower held on strong stems. Expect clusters of 4-6 flowers in shades of magenta to red.

SVO 2103

Pot. Martha Clarke 'Amazing' x Slc. Precious Katie 'Sparkling Rubies' AM/AOS

We like using Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) for its strong stem, full shape, sunset colors and flares. Precious Katie (Slc. Precious Stones x Sl. Orpetii) is a crimson red mini-cat. We’re looking for orange to reds with possible red flares. Compact growers to mini growers.

SVO 2107

Pot. Winners' Circle 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Amazing'

This Winners’ Circle (Pot. Sally Taylor x Slc. Circle of Life) is a stunning cerise red with orange undertones, and has a very full round shape. Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) has strong stems with yellow to orange flowers. We’re looking for more art shade flowers, some will be flared with red. Very promising cross

SVO 2108

Slc. Circle of Life 'Red Halo HCC/AOS x Pot. Ryo Iwata 'Leucadia' HCC/AOS

Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant x S. coccinea) has become an outstanding parent. The next generation hybrids with it have been of high quality, with flowers that are full shaped and in deep intense colors. Here we have paired it with the stunning magenta Ryo Iwata (Blc. Oconee x Pot. Sally Taylor). Expect magenta to reds that will be award winners for sure!

SVO 2122

C. Chocolate Drop 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Amazing'

This Chocolate Drop came from a selfing of ‘Kodama’ and has the widest petals of any Chocolate Drop. Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) has a strong stem, full shape, sunset colors and flares. Good stems of sunset shade flowers with some having the shinny texture from the Chocolate Drop. A new direction in breeding of compact Catts.

SVO 2123

Blc. Honolulu Sunset 'Wakida' AM/AOS x Pot. Winners' Circle 'Champion'

Honolulu Sunset (Blc. George Angus x Blc. Waikiki Sunset) is a standard size Cattleya with beautiful art shade to orange-red flowers. Here we have paired it with the cerise red Winners’ Circle (Pot. Sally Taylor x Slc. Circle of Life). Expect full shaped wonderful art shades of orange to deep reds.

SVO 2124

Pot. Rubescence 'SVOII' x Pot. Ryo Iwata 'Leucadia' HCC/AOS

This pairing includes some outstanding parents! Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagull’s Apricot) is a compact hybrid with crimson red flowers. Ryo Iwata is a hybrid of (Blc. Oconee and Pot. Sally Taylor). These will be beautiful well shaped flowers in dark red to crimson red. Very choice.

SVO 2136

Lc. Hawaiian Fantasy 'Dora' HCC/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS

Hawaiian Fantasy (Lc. Summer Snow x Lc. Wayndora) is a nice clusters of big, light yellow flowers with purple flares that has sired some excellent progeny. Love Sound (Blc. Bouton D’Or x L. briegeri) carries clusters of well shaped, clear yellow flowers on strong spikes; it is a proven breeder with many successful hybrids to its credit. The expectation is for good stems, light yellow flowers, with some having the purple flare.

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

 

 

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