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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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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 7578
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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