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Sunset Valley Orchids Catasetinae Plant Offering

I am pleased to share the most comprehensive selection of Catasetinae hybrids and species ever offered.  Through the ongoing process of collecting, selecting, and developing our parental lines, the quality of the breeding stock is now without compare.  These new hybrids will set the standard for flower quality, plant vigor, and your enjoyment.

This year's main focus has been on Fredclarkeara breeding.  This wonderful hybrid genus produces fantastic results, with beautiful color, superior shape, high flower count, perfectly arranged blooms, and highly fragrant long-lasting flowers.  Quality in this genus is just amazing!  To date, Fredclarkeara cultivars have received 18 FCC/AOS awards from the American Orchid Society!  Remarkable statistics aside, these really are great plants: robust growers, reliable bloomers, and long-lived flowers.  This is the year to acquire the best Fredclarkeara genetics ever offered; don't miss out!

Over the last few years we have been working on the development of advanced breeding lines for Cycnoches.  I just love the elegant swan-shaped blooms; they truly are the most breathtaking flowers in the genus.  We have been selecting Cycnoches for our breeding program using several criteria: plant vigor, flower quality, flower color, and resistance to back bulb die-off.  Our Cycnoches species and hybrids have been through this selection process for two to three generations, and the resulting improvements in flower quality and ease of culture are evident.
By popular demand, we have produced a few more standard-sized Catasetum crosses.  The large flowers are really amazing!  These new crosses have superior genetics and are producing some really superb flowers.

We also are continuing the successful “mini-Catasetum” and “mini-Clowesetum” crosses, including the introduction of several very promising new ones.  This is a new plant form that has gained considerable attention from collectors.  Besides being compact growers, these plants consistently flower 2-4 times a year! 

In this list you also will see advanced hybrids using Mormodes.  We have been working with these for a number of years, developing new colors and improving plant vigor.  Mormodes are some of my favorite late-blooming Catasetinae.  They have fantastic, twisted flowers that are really different, with bizarre bold colors and spicy fragrances that signal the end of the Catasetinae blooming season.

I've also received many requests for Catasetinae species.  When breeding species, it's important to use the best possible parental stock to accentuate good qualities, especially plant vigor.  This list reflects the “best of type” in the species offered.  There are some fantastic things here, so please take your time in making decisions - or just get them all.

The new Catasetinae list will be released in two parts, this being the first.  The second will follow in approximately 5-6 weeks.
Good growing,
Fred Clarke

SVO 5981 NEW
Ctsm. Dark Odyssey (Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Dark Darling' x Ctsm. Darkness 'SVO Magnificent Burgundy')

This is a new mini-Catasetum crossed with a standard.  Both parents have deep, dark burgundy flowers.  'SVO Magnificent Beauty' has a large flower with amazing color that will complement the qualities of 'Dark Darling.'  I expect great things from this cross: big, dark burgundy flowers, full shape and 2-3 bloomings a year.  A very promising hybrid!  I saw one flower in the propagation cell tray with an amazing dark burgundy color and large flat lip.  Don't miss out on this grex!  Here are pictures of the first to flower.  Pic 1 , 2 ,3 ,4 , 5
3” pots $18

SVO 6175      
Ctsm. Fong Cing (Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Jack of Diamonds' AM/AOS x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

This Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has dark red flowers and an exceptionally large lip.  The José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long inflorescence carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips.  This grex was very successful when made with the heavily spotted Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS, and many plants flowered with strong stems of heavy blooms, deeply spotted with burgundy.  Here are some pictures from that first group.  Pic 1 , 2 .  This remake using 'Jack of Diamonds' is designed to reinforce the dark burgundy flower.  I am expecting most to be surprisingly large, dark burgundy flowers on strong stems.  These will be fantastic!
3” pots $18

SVO 6472  NEW   
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Jumbo Cooper 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This cross is all about green flowers on long cascading inflorescences. The cross of Jumbo Cooper used the very green Cyc. cooperi 'Green Emerald' HCC/AOS and the exceptional  Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS as parents.  The offspring were high quality, with 3 receiving AOS awards.  Backcrossing Jumbo Cooper to warscewiczii will increase flower size, improve overall shape and reinforce the green flower color. The plants are showing excellent vigor.
3” pots $18

SVO 6473  NEW     
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Jumbo Cooper 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Alexis Jesus Pardo 'Sleeper Keeper')

The cross of Jumbo Cooper used the very green Cyc. cooperi 'Green Emerald' HCC/AOS and the exceptional  Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS as parents.  The flower quality, size and count of the progeny have been excellent.  Cyc. Alexis Jesus Pardo (Cyc. Chloroge x Cyc. barthiorum) has a different look to the flowers, with a more upswept petal stance, influenced by the Cyc. loddigesii in its breeding.  These new Cycnoches hybrids are getting very interesting!  The expectation here is for large, light tan to green flowers with spotting, and lots of flowers on each inflorescence.
3” pots $18

SVO 6480      
Fdk. Fdk. Beverly Danielson (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)

At SVO we are all about developing flowers with new looks and colors.  With this cross, the dark red flowers with very dark burgundy spots of Fdk. After Midnight'SVO' are paired with the huge lip and colorful spotted flower of Ctsm. Orchidglade.  Past experience has taught us this type of hybrid makes for improved flower form while allowing for new color combinations.  The flower color of the progeny will range from red and densely spotted to light yellow with bold red spots, and a few will be the darkest burgundy.  There is lots of potential to get unique flowers from this cross.
3” pots $20

SVO 6481      
Fdk. L'Amour de vie de Sue (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Very Dark')

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the parent of the world-famous Fdk. After Dark.  The influence of Mormodia (Mo.) is well known: it adds flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke is named for my mother and is a spectacular hybrid.  The cultivar 'Very Dark' blooms 3-4 times a year and produces flowers with very large, flat lips in very dark colors.  The Ctsm. Louise Clarke adds additional doses of pileatum and expansum, which will provide improved flower size and lip width.  What about color?  I believe that the deep red from Mo. Painted Desert combined with the dark brown of Ctsm. Louise Clarke will lead to red blooms with darker spots, but this cross has the potential to produce black-colored flowers.  All will have excellent form, arrangement and flower count.  Similar to SVO 6173.
3” pots $20

SVO 6487
Fdk. Fdk. Beverly Danielson  (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davies Ranches' AM/AOS)

With this cross we are taking the nearly perfect darkest burgundy flowers of Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' and pairing them with the huge lip and colorful spotted flower of Ctsm. Orchidglade.  Our experience has taught us that this type of hybrid makes for improved flower form.  The flower color of the progeny will range from solid deep burgundy to densely spotted burgundy, and a few might even be light yellow with bold red spots.  There is lots of potential to get unique and beautiful flowers from this cross.
3” pots $20

SVO 6491      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO')

This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding!  Because of the Karen Armstrong influence, these plants will stay under 8” tall, making this a mini-Fredclarkeara!!!  Can you tell how excited I am??  We know that Painted Desert is influential in breeding, producing excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures at only 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the mini-Catasetum Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum), with its bright yellow flowers covered in coalescing burgundy spots.  The combination will make this grex a real star!  Flower colors will range from deep red to spotted red/burgundy, and we expect excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I am very anxious to see these bloom!
3” pots $18

SVO 6492      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS  x Ctsm. Alexa 'Good One')

Here is another mini-Fredclarkeara!  Theinfluence of Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is well-documented; this important parent transmits excellent form, color and flower longevity to its progeny.  The mini-Catasetum Alexa (Bela Vista's Sangria x denticulatum) 'Good One' is the largest, fullest and darkest I have seen from the cross; it really is a standout!  These flowers will range in colors from the darkest burgundy to deep red.  They also will have a high flower count, excellent form and be well arranged.  Mature plants will be 6-8” tall and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I can hardly wait!
3”pots $18

SVO 6521 NEW      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS' x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has produced a number of significant plants, with five receiving AOS awards to date.  'SVO Crazy Good' is fantastic, with outstanding form, size, color and an amazing, very broad, almost-flat lip.  The addition of José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade), with its 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips, will give us an excellent opportunity for very dark flowers, some showing the elusive black color.  All the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident with this cross.  If I were a betting man, this is one I would place my money on.  In fact, I was so excited about the potential for this cross, that I made it twice.  Not to be overlooked!  See SVO 6527.
3” pots $20

SVO 6523      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Midnight Sky 'Dark Perfection' x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

Midnight Sky (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt) has beautiful, waxy, dark, dark, dark burgundy/black flowers with broad lips.  It has not been exhibited but appears in every regard to be FCC quality.  John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is the pinnacle of pileatum-based Catasetum breeding today.  Its dark burgundy flowers have fantastic size, color and shape.  I am expecting very dark flowers, some nearly black.  These will have excellent flower count, form, arrangement, size, fragrance and longevity. What a great first bloom! This first bloom plant has 11 flowers,  check out this picture  Pic1
3”pots $20

SVO 6525 NEW      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) 'SVO Crazy Good' has a fantastic flower with amazing form, size, color and an unusually broad lip that is almost flat.   John C. Burchett (Ctsm. João Stivalli x Ctsm Susan Fuchs) is as good as it gets with Catasetum breeding today.  The dark burgundy flowers are of superior size, color, and shape.  This is Fdk. breeding at its finest!  The Dark There After is fantastic, and adding the huge, dark pileatum-based lip of John C. Burchett again will further increase the size and flatten the shape of the flower and lip.  All of the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident in this cross.  This grex has huge potential - don't miss out!
3” pots $20

SVO 6527 NEW
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS' x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has produced a number of significant plants, with five receiving AOS awards to date.  'SVO Crazy Good' is fantastic, with outstanding form, size, color and an amazing, very broad, almost-flat lip.  The addition of José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade), with its 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips, will give us an excellent opportunity for very dark flowers, some showing the elusive black color.  All the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident with this cross.  If I were a betting man, this is one I would place my money on.  In fact, I was so excited about the potential for this cross, that I made it twice.  Not to be overlooked!  See SVO 6521.
3” pots $20

SVO 6542
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) gives predictable results in its progeny by imparting good flower form, a fimbriate lip, and well arranged flowers.  It is also a vigorous grower, blooming 3-4 times a season.  José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips - really an outstanding plant.  This cross is all about color and frilly lips!  We will see 15-20 large, dark burgundy, spotted flowers on strong sturdy stems from this cross.  The lips will be a very dark color and have fimbriate edges.  These are larger growing plants that will really impress!
3” pots $18

SVO  6720     
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)

I've been breeding for Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  The Anne-Kathrin Berger (pentadactylon x herrenhusanum) has this color combination as well as great flower form, high flower count and ease of plant growth.  This warscewiczii has great flower quality and is a reliable, vigorous plant that has been an important part of my breeding program. The hope is for a percentage of yellow flowers with fine red spots.  Flower shape will be excellent, and the pendent inflorescences will have 13-15 well-arranged flowers.  I am very optimistic about the results here.
3” pots $18

SVO 6722 NEW
Fdk. Majestic Orchids Shopper (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
This cross is named for a large Facebook orchid club in Puerto Rico.  The capsule parent is the best After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt), as the FCC/AOS award indicates, but I'll add that it was awarded with 32 perfectly-arranged, flat, dark black-cherry red flowers on two gracefully arching inflorescences.  This John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is as good as it gets with Catasetum breeding today.  The dark burgundy flowers are of superior size, color and shape, and the lip is huge and flat.  This grex is top-of-the-line Fredclarkeara breeding, and the addition of the huge dark pileatum-type lip from the John C. Burchett will further increase flower size and flatten the flower and lip shape.  How can it get better than this?  If I were a betting man, this is another cross where I'd put my money!  Same as SVO 6871 Check out this picture it's a huge 3" flowers with excellent color and form from the first plant to bloom this season
3” pots $22

SVO 6724 NEW
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Midnight Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Here is a new style in Fredclarkeara breeding.  The Midnight Lace (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum) produces more than 25 dark purple-burgundy flowers with frilly lips that almost look like black lace.  Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) imparts good flower form and arrangement, and a fimbriate lip, plus the habit of blooming 3-4 times a season.  Just imagine 15-20 large, long-lasting, dark purple-burgundy flowers with dark frilly lips, produced 2-3 times a season.  Sounds pretty good to me!
3” pots $18

SVO 6726 NEW
Cycd.Troublemaker
(Cycd. Spotted Hornet 'SVO' FCC/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)
An FCC/AOS is the highest accolade that AOS judges can confer.  Spotted Hornet (Morm. Exotic Treat x Cyc. warscewiczii) 'SVO' has superior color, with the sepals and petals a bright yellow-green with mahogany spots, and an orange lip, spotted with mahogany.  This grex exhibits the best qualities that result when a Mormodes and a Cycnoches are combined: the Mormodes is dominant for color, and the Cycnoches is dominant for shape.  By breeding back to Cyc. warscewiczii, I predict improvement in flower form, with wider and flatter blooms.  I am also expecting the vibrant flower color to prevail, due to dominance by the Mormodes.  These have lots of potential for the 'best yet' in Cycnodes breeding. Check out the one of the first to bloom.... Pic 1, Super shape and color!
3” pots $20

SVO 6727 NEW
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Frank Smith 'SVO' FCC/AOS x Fdk. Dark Matter 'SVO')

This is a first for the history books - the first time a Fredclarkeara has been crossed to another Fredclarkeara!  With an FCC to its credit, Fdk. Frank Smith 'SVO' (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. John C. Burchett) is just fantastic: superior shape, high flower count, perfectly arranged blooms, long lasting flowers, and a flower color that is so dark as to appear black.  The parents of Fdk. Dark Matter are (Fdk.After Dark 'Black Pearl' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM'), and the 'SVO' cultivar is, in my perhaps-not-so-humble opinion, one of the nicest flowers to come from modern Fredclarkeara breeding.  Very dark flowers, excellent shape, size, arrangement, fragrance…I could go on and on!
3” pots $22

SVO  6728
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Fox Tail')

This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding!  The influence of Melana Davison will assure that plants stay under 8” tall, which makes this a mini-Fredclarkeara!!!  We know about the influence of Painted Desert as a parent, producing offspring with excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures at only 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the superior flowers of the mini-Catasetum Melana Davision (Penang x denticulatum).  The combination will make this grex a star!  Flower colors will range from deep red to spotted red/burgundy, and we expect excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I can't wait to see these bloom!
3” pots $20

SVO 6866
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. schmidtianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS)

These next two crosses are firsts for SVO breeding.  What motivated me were some nice photos posted on the Facebook pages of Catasetum Fever and Catasetinae Canada.  The 'SVO' cultivar is the darker color form of Ctsm. schmidtianum, with relatively long 18-20” stems of 13-15 heavy, thick flowers with saccate, fimbriate lips.  Ctsm. Susan Fuchs (Orchidglade x expansum) is a well-known and reliable breeder.  I expect strong inflorescences carrying 13+ large flowers with burgundy spots.  It will be very interesting to see how schmidtianum combines with Susan Fuchs.
3” pots $18

SVO 6867 NEW
Ctsm. Green Dragon (Ctsm. schmidtianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM')

This is the second cross with schmidtianum 'SVO.'  Orchidglade 'JTM' has very dark, solid burgundy flowers.  I expect plants from this grex to produce strong inflorescences carrying 13+ dark burgundy blooms.  I look forward to seeing how schmidtianum combines with Orchidglade and how 'JTM' influences color.  Don't expect to see any Green Dragons here - just Dark Dragons!!!
3” pots $18

SVO 6868 NEW
Fdk. Beverly Danielson (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM')

The grex Fdk. After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt) is proving to be a fertile parent.> Here we are taking the nearly perfect flowers of Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' and pairing them with the amazing, very dark burgundy flowers of Orchidglade 'JTM' (pileatum x expansum).  'JTM' is short for 'Jamie's Tortured Midnight.'  All of the benefits of this breeding will be evident in the progeny: excellent shape, rich flower color, high flower count and bloom longevity.
3” pots $20

SVO 6869
Cyc. warscewiczii (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Jumbo Super' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'OMG')

This 2017 listing contains four new Cyc. warscewiczii offerings.  I believe that these crosses have the highest potential ever seen and will set a new standard in flower quality for this extremely desirable species.  The breeding history behind this pairing: 'SVO Jumbo Super' is ('SVO' AM/AOS x 'Jumbo Mutation'), and 'OMG' is ('SVO' AM/AOS x 'SVO II' AM/AOS).  Both of these have ridiculously wide petals and flat form.  This is as good as it gets!
3” pots $22

SVO 6871
Fdk. Majestic Orchids Shopper (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
 
This cross is named for a Facebook group located in Puerto Rico.  The capsule parent is the best After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt), as the FCC/AOS award indicates, but I'll add that it was awarded with 32 perfectly-arranged, flat, dark, black-cherry-red flowers on two gracefully arching inflorescences.  This John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is as good as it gets with Catasetum breeding today.  The dark burgundy flowers are of superior size, color and shape, and the lip is huge and flat.  This grex is top Fredclarkeara breeding, and the addition of the huge dark pileatum-type lip from the John C. Burchett will further increase and flatten the flower size and lip shape.  How can a cross be better than this?  If I were a betting man, this is another grex where I'd put my money!  Same as SVO 2781 and 6722.  Yes - this cross is so good I made it in two consecutive years! Check out this picture it's a huge 3" flowers with excellent color and form from the first plant to bloom this season
3” pots $22

SVO 6875
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Enter Light 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVOII' AM/AOS)

We are always testing the boundaries in breeding, and this cross is a bit unconventional.  Fdk. Enter Light (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. pileatum) is truly one of the best Fredclarkeara's, with amazing flower color, shape, form and arrangement.  Ctsm. Frilly Doris has been in the SVO breeding program for over twenty years and has definitely proven its value as a parent.  So why did we make this cross?  I am trying to produce dark-colored flowers with flat frilly lips!
3” pots $20

SVO 6889 NEW
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Winter Night' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'SVO')

These are another step forward in the ongoing improvement of Fredclarkeara breeding lines.  Fdk. Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) 'SVO Winter Night' FCC/AOS is fantastic, with amazing form, size, color and a very broad, almost-flat lip.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke (Susan Fuchs x Donna Wise) 'SVO' carries as many as 15 dark flowers with large, broad flat lips, several times a season.  We are expecting this cross to produce some of the largest Fdk. flowers yet in dark burgundy colors.
3” pots $22

SVO 6891
Fdk. New Hybrid   (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. spitzii 'Red 48')

Mo. Painted Desert has produced 21 registered hybrids that have received more than 90 AOS awards, with 18 receiving FCC/AOS!  This productivity is a testament to the breeding value of Mo. Painted Desert for conveying excellentform, color and flower longevity to its progeny. Here we've paired it with Ctsm. spitzii 'Red 48.'  This red-flowered spitzii is extremely floriferous, blooming regularly with an incredible 48 flower on a single stem!!!  The lips of the spitzii flowers are thick, flat and waxy; I believe this trait will be dominant.  It's hard to predict with 100% certainty the outcome, but my instincts tell me that this cross is going to be extraordinary, with plants producing many long-lived red flowers.  
3” pots $20

SVO 6893 NEW
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. Kevin Clarke 'SVO' FCC/AOS)

I've been working to develop Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  The Anne-Kathrin Berger (pentadactylon x herrenhusanum) has this color combination as well as great flower form, high flower count and ease of plant growth.  Kevin Clarke (warscewiczii x herrenhusanum) has impressive flower quality, with bright yellow-green blooms and golden spots.  The hope here is for large yellows with red spots, based on the contribution of yellow flower color from both herrenhusanum grandparents, improved size from warscewiczii and spots from pentadactylon.  There will be 15 to 20 well-arranged flowers on each inflorescence.  I am very optimistic about the potential here.
3” pots $20

SVO 6914
Clo. Melana's Daughter (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Bombshell'

Here is the second of the mini-Clowesetum crosses that I'm offering this year.  Rebecca Northen is a great parent, and pairing it with Ctsm. Melana Davison (Penang x denticulatum), a mini-Catasetum with shapely flowers, will assure well-formed blossoms.  Melana Davison has bloomed in a wide range of colors, from white to solid red and everything in-between.  I think these will be mostly spotted pink flowers, but some will be red, others burgundy and some may be pure white.  Regardless of color, the form and flower count will be excellent, and the compact plant size will ensure that everyone has space for one or two of these new mini-Clowesetums!
3” pots $18
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4 inch Catasetinae

SVO 5944
Ctsm. Extravaganza (Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'SVO' x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO')

This is the first of the new Mini-catasetums being crossed back onto standard style plants.  We know the color will be intensified but how will flower and plant size be influenced?  I expect significant increase in flower size while only a modest increase in plant size.  Flowers will have a yellow base color with burgundy spotting; many will be solid dark burgundy... This is cutting edge breeding right at the forefront in the Mini-catasetum phenomena. Check out the quality of these first bloom pictures Pic 1Pic 2Pic 3
4” pots $24

SVO 6139
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. spitzii 'SVO Gold' FCC/AOS)
Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is well proven as a parent, imparting many fine traits to its progeny.  Ctsm. spitzii 'SVO Gold' has solid bright yellow flowers of the highest quality with strong inflorescences carrying 25-30 blooms apiece.  The lip of spitzii is thick and solid - almost like it's formed from yellow wax.  This hard, flat lip should be valuable in flattening out the lip in the grex.  The expectation is for long-lasting, mostly red flowers with contrasting flat lips.  Flower shape should be beautiful, and flower count will be high, as both parents can carry 25 or more blooms.  This is a highly anticipated cross with lots of potential to produce some exceptional Fredclarkeara offspring.
4” pots $24

SVO 6480
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)
After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt) has excellent form, arrangement and beautifully formed flowers that are heavily overlaid maroon with coalesced dark maroon spots, a great color for a Fdk.  The yellow and red spotted flowers of Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) with its huge lip will add flower size and color to this cross.  Here the expectation is for lighter flower colors, possibly in sunset shades, with bold burgundy/maroon spotting and lips that are broadened and flattened.  This is a new color choice in Fredclarkeara.
4” pots $28

SVO 6481       
Fdk. L'amour de vie de Sue (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Very Dark')
The influence of Mormodia in breeding is well known,  Mo. Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) will add flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke is named for my mother and is a spectacular hybrid.  The cultivar 'Very Dark' has dark burgundy flowers with huge flat lips, high flower count, and flowers 2-3 times a year.  The additional dose of pileatum and expansum provided by Ctsm. Louise Clarke will give improved flower size and lip width.  Many will be red with darker spots, and I believe this cross will have the potential to produce black-colored flowers as well. First to bloom Pic 1.  
4” pots $28

SVO 6483 
Clo. NEW HYBRID (
Clo. JEM'S Dragons Tears 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS
Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia) have excellent flower longevity with blooms often lasting more than 4 weeks!  JEM's Dragon Tears (Cl. warcziewitzi x Ctsm. cirrhaeoides) at maturity is a small plant standing about 6” tall; it's a prolific bloomer with each pendulous inflorescence carrying as many as 35 flowers.  Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has large yellow flowers with red spotting and a huge lip.  This is a good cross, made to deliver high quality progeny, with high flower count, a reduced plant size, great flower longevity, in a range of colors but mostly yellows with bold burgundy spotting. Limited supply
4” pots $24

SVO 6491
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO')
This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding!  Because of the Karen Armstrong influence, these plants will stay under 8” tall, which makes this a mini-Fredclarkeara!!!  Can you tell how excited I am?  We know how influential Painted Desert is in breeding, producing excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures only at 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the mini-Catasetum Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum), with its bright yellow flowers covered in coalescing burgundy spots.  The combination will make this grex a star!  Flower colors will range from deep red to spotted red/burgundy, and we expect excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I am already anxious to see this bloom!
4” pots $28

SVO 6492
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS  x Ctsm. Alexa 'Good One')
Here is another mini-Fredclarkeara!  The influence of Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is well documented, imparting excellent form, color and flower longevity to its progeny.  The mini-Catasetum Alexa (Bela Vista's Sangria x denticulatum) 'Good One' is the largest, fullest and darkest I have seen from the cross; it really is a standout!  These flowers will range in colors from the darkest burgundy to deep red.  They also will have a high flower count, excellent form and be well arranged.  The mature plants will be 6-8” tall and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I can hardly wait!
4”pots $28

SVO 6504 
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (
Ctsm. gladiatorium 'SVO 35' Ctsm. fimbriatum 'Golden Horizon')
Here is the 2nd novelty Catasetum involving gladiatorium 'SVO 35.'  This amazing clone has light yellow flowers with red bars, and bears an incredible 35 flowers per stem.  The fimbriatum is a bright yellow flower with red spotting and a coarsely fimbriate lip.  Here we're having some fun with Catasetum breeding!  These will bear bright yellow flowers with burgundy spots and bars on the segments, and the lips will be highly fimbriate.  I expect the plants to produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb with 20 plus blooms, a new style of breeding with exotic looking flowers. Super easy to grow and bloom.
4” pots $24

SVO 6521       
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS' Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')
Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has produced a number of significant plants, with five receiving AOS awards to date.  'SVO Crazy Good' is fantastic, with amazing form, size, color and an amazing, very broad almost-flat lip.  The addition of José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade), with its 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips, will give us an excellent opportunity for very dark flowers, with some the elusive black color.  All the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident with this cross.  If I was a betting man, this is one I would place my money on. This is not to be overlooked!  
4” pots $28

SVO 6525       
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
The Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) 'SVO Crazy Good' is a fantastic flower with amazing form, size, color and an unusually broad lip which is almost flat lip.   John C. Burchett (Ctsm. João Stivalli x Ctsm Susan Fuchs) is as good as it gets with Catasetum breeding today - the dark burgundy flowers are of superior size, color, and shape.  This is Fdk. breeding at its finest!  The Dark There After is fantastic, and adding the huge, dark pileatum-based lip of John C. Burchett again will further increase the size and flatten the shape of the flower and lip.  All of the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident with this cross.  This is a cross not to overlook!  Huge potential with this grex.
4” pots $28

SVO 6528
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. After Hours 'SVO Way Good' x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
The grex After Hours (Fdk. After Dark 'SVO' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS) has two FCC/AOS parents is and the backcross to John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS makes it three.  This type of line breeding, in which a parent is crossed back to its progeny, will continue to increase flower size and improve lip flatness while maintaining the dark, nearly black-burgundy color.  These will have the excellent qualities of Fredclarkeara hybrids, including flower quantity, form, arrangement, size, fragrance and bloom longevity.
4” pots $28

SVO 6541       
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (
Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. spitzii 'SVO Gold' FCC/AOS)
Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) is a well-known breeding plant that gives predictable results by imparting good flower form, a fimbriate lip and well arranged flowers.  It also is a vigorous grower, blooming 3-4 times a season.  Ctsm. spitzii 'SVO Gold' has solid bright yellow flowers with strong inflorescences carrying 25-30 blooms apiece.  The lip of spitzii is thick and solid, and should be valuable in flattening the lips of its progeny.  Here we are expecting flowers to have yellow base colors with darker spotting on all segments, and lips that are fimbriate and flattened.  These are strong-growing, robust plants that will bloom 2-4 times a season, with sturdy inflorescences carrying 20 or more flowers.
4” pots $24

SVO 6720       
Cyc. NEW HYBRID (
Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)
I've been breeding for Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  The Anne-Kathrin Berger (pentadactylon x herrenhusanum) has this color combination as well as great flower form, high flower count and ease of plant growth.  This warscewiczii has great flower quality and is a reliable, vigorous plant that has been part of my breeding stock for at least 15 years, imparting these qualities to many offspring. The hope is for a high percentage of yellow flowers with fine red spots. Flower shape will be excellent, and the pendant inflorescences will have 13- 15 well arranged flowers.  I am very optimistic about the results here.
4” pots $24

 

 

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