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Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas

In Cattleyas 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, so breeding was limited to a few possibilities. Today, we have many species and hybrids to breed with, and the quality of blue flowers has been improving rapidly. Don’t miss the spotted blue crosses…These are a great addition for the discriminating collector.

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Mini-Catts | Compact Cattleyas | Standard / Large Cattleyas | Spotted Cattleyas
Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas | Species | Blooming Size 4" Cattleyas

 

SVO 6799t
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Love Knot f. coerulea 'SVO' HCC/AOS x C. mossiae f. coerulea 'Blue Moon Too')

Large well-formed coerulea flowers on small plants are the expectation here.  Love Knot is a small plant, only 5” tall, and blooms twice a year with 2 to 3 very flat flowers that are nearly 4” across.  It is an excellent grower and very showy.  C. mossiae f. coerulea 'Blue Moon Too' has large 6.5” flowers of good shape and color.  This plant produces 4-5 blooms on strong stems in early May.  I have high expectations for this cross.  Love Knot is known to flatten flower form, and mossiae provides flower size and is dominant for bloom period.  With this cross, we look forward to 3-4 large flowers on compact, robust plants in May.  A great and very promising cross!  These protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be tetraploids, and the ones that are will be very valuable. 
3” pots $18

SVO 7155
C. Mrs. Mahler (C. bicolor f. coerulea 'SVO' x C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS)

C. Mrs. Mahler 'Mem Fred Tompkins' AM/AOS is an iconic plant.  So what could be better?  How about the coerulea from?  This has to be a first in the history of orchid breeding.  Tall plants with impressive heads of light blue flowers, some spotted, and a dark blue lip.  Talk about collectable!!!  The identical cross is available as SVO 7578, and the reciprocal cross is available as SVO 7156.  I must've really wanted to make these!
3” pots $15

SVO 7156
C. Mrs. Mahler (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. bicolor f. coerulea 'SVO')

C. Mrs. Mahler 'Mem Fred Tompkins' AM/AOS is an iconic plant.  So what could be better?  How about the coerulea from?  This has to be a first in the history of orchid breeding.  Tall plants with impressive heads of light blue flowers, some spotted, and a dark blue lip.  Talk about collectable!!!  The reciprocal cross is available as SVO 7155 and SVO 7578.  I must've really wanted to make these!
3” pots $15

SVO 7261 New 
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Lake Tahoe 'Blue Lake' HCC/AOS x Lc. Ellery Tomaszkiewicz 'SVO Blue Star' AM/AOS)

At SVO we are always looking for the ideal cross that grows well and blooms well with excellent shape and color.  Our blue breeding is coming along very nicely, and progress is being made in all of these areas.  Lc. Lake Tahoe (Lc. Floralia's Azul x L. sincorana) came from Alan Koch at Gold Country Orchids.  It's a mini plant with large, flat, blue flowers that blooms reliably twice a year. Ellery Tomaszkiewicz (Lc. Love Knot x C. warneri) is an excellent cross, with large flower size and good flower count from C. warneri and small plant size with flat flowers from Lc. Love Knot.  This grex will have coerulea color, and the 3-4 flowers will be flat, well-shaped, and presented nicely on good stems.  Flowers will be large in relation to plant size, and I expect twice-a-year blooming.
3” pots $15

SVO 7478
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Cornelis' Love 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Indigo Sky 'Dark Blue Lip')

Compact coerulea breeding is developing quite nicely, and this cross brings together several important traits like large flower size and a compact plant only 7-8” tall.  Flower colors will be coerulea with dark blue lips and a yellow throat, which really sets off the lip color.  This grex combines Cornelis' Love (Lc. Cornelia x Lc.  Love Knot) and Indigo Sky (Lc. Gaskell-Pumila x Indigo Dawn).  This should be a fantastic cross.  Expect 6” flowers on an 8” tall plant – now that's what I'm talking about!
3” pots $15

SVO 7492
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Cariad's Mini-Quinee 'Angel Kiss #5' x Lc. Sarah Sears 'Big Blue Sky')
Cariad's Mini-Quinee (Lc. Mini Purple x C. intermedia) was one of the first notable blue flared mini-Catts, and it was cloned and widely distributed.  The cultivar 'Angel Kiss #5' is a clonal mutation with higher quality flowers.  Lc. Sarah Sears (Lc. Cornelia x Lc. Indigo Dawn) has large fragrant coerulea flowers, and the well-formed lip is dark blue with a yellow throat.  Many of these will be flared with dark blue splashes, and the good ones will be spectacular.  All will have large flowers on small plants.  Getting several will improve the odds of finding a flared one.
3” pots $15

SVO 7578    New 
Cattleya Mrs. Mahler (C. bicolor f. coerulea 'SVO' x C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS)

C. Mrs. Mahler 'Mem Fred Tompkins' AM/AOS is an iconic plant.  So what could be better?  How about the coerulea from?  This has to be a first in the history of orchid breeding.  Tall plants with impressive heads of light blue flowers, some spotted, and a dark blue lip.  Talk about collectable!!!  The identical cross is available as SVO 7155, and the reciprocal cross is available as SVO 7156.  Either I'm getting forgetful or I really wanted to make these!
3” pots $16

 

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

Other Cattleyas
Mini-Catts | Compact Cattleyas | Standard / Large Cattleyas | Spotted Cattleyas
Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas | Species | Blooming Size 4" Cattleyas

 

 

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