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Compact Cattleyas

Compact Catts

Compact growing Cattleyas have gained considerable interest with hobbyist for some important reasons. 

  • Plants will stay under 12” tall and bloom in 4”- 5” pots.
  • They are space savings so with more plants per sq. ft. makes for more flowers per sq. ft.
  • Flowers are appealing, with large size and 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. 

The crosses listed represent the most modern breeding available, with many outstanding hybrids having great potential.  I have spent hours describing the potential of the offspring, so read on!

 

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SVO 6861t
L.  Autoceps (L. autumnalis f. alba x L. anceps 'Disciplinata' HCC/AOS)

Here is an interesting cross between non-standard (rare) color forms of two Mexican Laelia species.  I expect that a few will be white with purple flecks (very desirable), some will be pink with purple flecks (nice), and some will be pink with no flecks (okay).  Flower count will be improved to 5-7 per stem, and these should bloom in November, a month or so before anceps flowers.  These plants have been treated (t) with Oryzalin, a chemical used to convert diploids into tetraploids, and are very limited in supply.
3” pots $20

SVO 7008
Eplc. Magic Wand (Lc. Trick or Treat 'SVO' 4n x Epc. Kyoguchi 'Peter's Pick')

This is a great hybrid, and the robust plants grow and bloom well in any conditions.  The yellow to gold flowers have red-striped lips, and the inflorescences are branched with many 1.25” blooms.  Best of all, these are fragrant - yes, fragrant flowers!  This is a great non-traditional hybrid.  Flower color ranges from yellow to orange, with red-striped lips.  Plants are super easy to grow.  Did I mention that they're also FRAGRANT?!  Yes - they are!  This is a fun cross with a very different look.  Plants are great growers, and many will flower this spring.
3” pots $14

SVO 7059       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #1' x Pot. My Precious 'Valentine Gift')

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red flowers with darker red lips.  It has proven to be an excellent parent, with dominance for color, strong stems and bloom period.  My Precious (Slc. Precious Katie x Blc. Oconee) has a well-formed, deep red flower with a darker burgundy lip.  Plants are compact and produce 3 well-held flowers per stem. We are working to develop those elusive red flowers with good shape on strong stems, and these parents have the potential to deliver!
3” pots $15

SVO 7082       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Dream Smith 'Feb. Red' x Pot. Paradise Rose 'My Valentine')

The beautifully-shaped deep red-purple flowers of Dream Smith (Pot. Dream Circle x Blc. Mem. Ralph Smith) are surprisingly good.  The flowers of Paradise Rose (Slc. Pink Doll x Blc. Toshie Aoki) are a vibrant purple-red, and the plants are small growing.  Big flowers on small plants is the objective here.  Flowers will have good shape and an intense red-purple color.  Expect 3-4 flowers on plants staying under 10” tall.
3” pots $14

SVO 7083
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x L. Seagull's 'Red')

The vibrant orange-yellow flower color of Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) and its cluster of 8-9 flowers make this cross one of my favorite March bloomers. Crossing it to Seagulls (briegeri x milleri) will produce robust-growing, compact plants with straight upright bulbs and good stems of 7-9 flowers in sunset colors held above the foliage.
3” pots $14

SVO 7096
Bl. NEW HYBRID (Bl. Sunny Delight 'MAJ' AM/AOS x L. briegeri 'SVO II')

Here is an out of the box hybrid. Sunny Delight (B. perrinii x C. aurantiaca) is a highly floriferous plant with many yellow flowers having the classic shape of a Brassavola. L. briegeri is a very compact-growing plant with upright stems of bright yellow flowers. One of the interesting things about this cross will be the influence of briegeri on the plant habit. We expect a shortening of the plant stature, leading to very compact plants with upright leaves, a “space- saving” plant habit.  Flowers will be yellow, produced on good stems, with the Brassavola flower form influencing shape.
3” pots $14

SVO 7140
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Angel Heart 'Hihimanu' AM/AOS x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Amazing' )

This is a speculative cross, and the outcome is harder than usual to predict.  Angel Heart (Lc. Puppy Love x C.  Penny Kuroda) has flowers that are a soft pastel pink with pink flaring.  It has strong stems that do a good job presenting the 5-7 large flowers above the foliage.  Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life) is a very successful hybrid.  Plants are compact and produce flowers with excellent shape and great color.  I believe these plants will produce flowers with good shape, held well on strong stems.  Flower color is going to be variable, ranging from soft pastel pinks to darker rose tones, but some yellow shades or reds could come from this cross.  There's even a possibility that unusual flaring will be present in many of the flowers.  It will be fun to see how these turn out.  Limited supply.
3” pots $14

SVO 7173
L. Zip (L. tenebrosa 'None Darker' x L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS)

I first saw a picture of L. Zip over 30 years ago.  Frank Fordyce was giving a talk at the San Diego County Orchid Society, and when the slide came up the whole audience (over 150 people) gasped so loudly it sent shivers up my spine!  I'll never forget that moment.  This Zip has been made with tenebrosa 'None Darker,' which has very dark flowers. Expect clusters of sparkling bronze-red flowers with contrasting dark purple lips held high on strong inflorescences.  Highly recommended and very desirable. Here is a picture of the first to bloom click here.
3” pots $15

SVO 7180       
L. Zip (L. tenebrosa 'Paul' AM/AOS x L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS)

This remake of Laelia Zip has been done with some of the finest parents available. Expect clusters of sparkling bronze-red flowers with contrasting dark purple lips held high on strong inflorescences.  Highly recommended - don't miss out on these! Here is a picture of the first to bloom click here
3” pots $15

SVO 7216
Dialc. NEW HYBRID (Dialc. Ann's Snowflake 'SVO' x Lc. Hsinying Skies 'Ching Hua')

This is a complex L. anceps cross that combines Dialc. Ann's Snowflake (Dial. Snowflake x Lc. Ann Akagi) and Lc. Hsinying Skies (Lc. Puppy Love x Lc. Sierra Skies).  Although not immediately apparent, L. anceps is represented 3 times in 4 generations.  There is also considerable influence from L. albida and Diacrium bicornutum.  These parental plants will assure strong arching stems of 7-9 well-arranged beautiful flowers in soft pink colors.  We have been working for many years to develop this type of breeding, and I am very optimistic that these will be excellent.
3” pots $15
 
                

SVO 7259
Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. anceps f. petaloid 'Jody')

Miss Wonderful is a fantastic hybrid!  We've made it on 4-5 separate occasions with different parents, and every time the results have been outstanding.  These are strong-growing plants and easy to bloom, with large flowers having excellent flares on 12 to 18” long inflorescences. This is a particularly intriguing cross. The use of L. anceps forma petaloid is expected to increase petal width and modify lip shape in ways not seen before. This has the potential to produce truly unique Miss Wonderful offspring, and the best of these will be unbelievable. I have tried to make this exact cross twice before with no luck.  Don't miss this one!
3” pots $20

SVO 7260       
Pot. Dean's Gold (Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS x Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS)

Both of these plants have been important parents in our hybridizing programs. Each has important traits: bright yellow color, excellent flat form, large flower size relative to plant size, and the ability to bloom 3 times a year. The combination of Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) and Pot. Little Toshie (Sc. Beaufort x Blc. Toshie Aoki) doubles up on the influence of Beaufort, assuring excellent shape and small plant stature. Xanthette and Toshie Aoki are good yellows with large flowers and will contribute strong color and size to this cross.  These are going to be excellent yellows with red lips, flat form, large blooms relative to plant size, and frequent flowering.   One of the first to bloom Picture 
3” pots $15

SVO 7262
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Robert and Michael 'SVO' x Slc. Lisye Sentiasa 'SVO')

Dark purple flowers on small plants are very popular. Blc. Robert and Michael (Lc. Aloha Case x Blc. Hunting Island) are compact plants standing 10” tall that produce large, well-formed, flat, dark purple flowers.  Truly spectacular!  Lisye Sentiasa (Lc. Mini Purple x Slc. Angel Jack) has flat flowers in shades of deep vibrant purple – very eye catching – and the small plants flower twice a year.  Intense dark purple flowers are a given.  Plants will mature at 6-8” tall and look like a big mini-Catt.  The flat, shapely flowers will be large in comparison to the plant size.  Great potential here.
3” pots $15 

SVO 7263
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Pat Thrall 'Magenta Fire' AM/AOS x Lc. José Dias Castro 'Magnifica')

Pat Thrall (Blc. Bonanza Queen x Slc. Circle of Life) has an amazing flower.  The 5.5” blooms with beautiful magenta color are quite memorable. José Dias Castro (C. labiata x Lc. Sam W. Soysa) is a famous breeder, and 'Magnifica' is compact growing with the classic Cattleya shape and lip.  It is known to impart rich color and excellent form to its progeny.  This cross is a blending of the old time classic Cattleya look with the modern.  The great thing about this new breeding style is the compact plant habit.  Plants will mature at 8-10” tall, bloom with large flowers relative to plant size, and have much of the same charm as the classic Cattleyas of years past.
3” pots $15

SVO 7318       
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Pink Treasure 'SVO mini-Loddigesii' x L. Finckeniana 'Kennedys' Mutation)

Breeding for pink flowers with yellow lips.  Pink Treasure (Lc. Tiny Treasure x C. loddigesii) has a spectacular pink flower with a yellow lip, great shape and good flower count.  The 'Kennedys' cultivar variety of Finckeniana has a bit of controversy surrounding its parentage. It may, in fact, be Lc. Bowri-albida (albida x bowringiana).  This plant produces 7-9 very nice pink flowers with yellow lips that are arranged well on strong stems.  Great flower count with this cross as well.  We are expecting 7-9 nicely-shaped flowers presented well above the foliage. Flower color is the desirable hot pink with beautifully yellow lips.
3” pots $15

SVO 7319
Dialc. NEW HYBRID (Dialc. Silver Star 'SVO' x C. Dubiosa 'Scully's' HCC/AOS)

Silver Star (Diac. Colmaniae x L. anceps) looks like a super improved anceps.  The vigorous plants mature two growths a season and flower from each with long arching stems of 5-7 white flowers having all the charm of an anceps.  Dubiosa 'Scully's' is one parent of the famous grex Lc. Puppy Love (Dubiosa x anceps).  With this cross we expect Dubiosa to dominate once again and produce flowers that have a shape and color similar to Puppy Love, with an improved flower count. These plants have an excellent robust growth habit.
3” pots $14

SVO 7339
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Pat Thrall 'Magenta Fire' AM/AOS x Pot. Paradise Rose 'My Valentine')

Pat Thrall (Blc. Bonanza Queen x Slc. Circle of Life) is an amazing flower: 5.5” across with beautiful magenta color - quite memorable.  Paradise Rose (Slc. Pink Doll x Blc. Toshie Aoki) has great color and shows an interesting phenomenon of color dominance.  The flowers of Pink Doll are dark purple, while the color of Blc. Toshie Aoki is dominated by the influence of C. dowiana, with the yellow and red being recessive for color but known to intensify purple.  Paradise Rose combines these traits and produces intense crimson-red-purple flowers. The expectation here is to produce a plant about 10” tall with the large flower size and shape of 'Magenta Fire.' Flower color will be intense red-purples, and lips will have the fullness of standard Cattleyas. A very promising hybrid that should bloom twice a year.
3” pots $16

SVO 7340       
Eplc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Florence Lin 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x Epc. Kyoguchi 'Peter's Pick')

This is a great novelty hybrid.  Kyoguchi (Enc. aromatica x Gur. aurantiaca) has branched inflorescences bearing many yellow flowers that are highly fragrant.  Florence Lin (C. tigrina x L. milleri) has dark red flowers and a crimson-red lip; it can hold up to 19 flowers on a single stem!  These will have many red to orange flowers, and although it's hard to predict fragrance, I expect there to be a notable amount. These will be easy to grow and bloom, and should make nice specimen plants. 
3” pots $14

SVO 7349
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Picotee Passion 'Amazing' x Lc. Pink Spice 'SVO')

What a beautiful flower Picotee Passion (Blc. Horizon Flight x L. anceps) has!  The soft color, light yellow splash and lavender picotee are so nice.  Please check out the Picture.  The 5-7 flowers are produced above the foliage on sturdy stems.  Lc. Pink Spice (Lc. Mari's Song x C. walkeriana) has a dark rose-flared flower on a white background, making it quite attractive. The plant is 10” tall and is an exceptionally vigorous grower. Here we are expecting soft cream to white flowers with rose-lavender flares framed with yellow, a very attractive combination. Plants will be strong growers, and the flowers will be presented nicely in clusters of 3-5 above the foliage.
3” pots $14

SVO 7352
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS)

Mari's Song (Lc. Irene Finney x C. Cherry Chip) has a long history as an excellent breeder, reliably imparting flared flowers and good growth and bloom habits to its offspring.  Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) has an impressive linage and is also a reliable breeder.  Flowers are bright yellow with just a touch of red on the lip and have excellent shape.  Add to this twice-a-year flowering and you have a very desirable parent.  Crossing these two will be a good match.  The large flowers will be soft pink, and petals will have a yellow splash with a bit of red.  Plants are vigorous, and flowers will be well presented twice a year.
3” pots $14

SVO 7354
Blc. Topaz Impact (Lc. Mildred Rives 'Orchidglade' FCC/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

Mildred Rives is a large-growing standard Cattleya plant with a semi-alba flower, white with a contrasting red-purple lip.  The well-deserved FCC/AOS speaks to the flower quality.  Love Sound is a plant with a successful breeding history, imparting strong stems, compact growth habit and good flower shape. These will be compact plants, meaning there will be tight spacing between pseudobulbs, and mature growths will be 12” tall.  Flowers will be pure white with contrasting dark red-purple lips, a very showy combination of colors and a manageable plant habit.
3” pots $14

SVO 7360
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Granata Sunrise 'SVO Tequila Sunrise' x Blc. Tropical Splash 'Yellow & Red Flare')

Granata Sunrise (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Wasp Nest) has been an excellent plant.  The flower color looks like a Tequila Sunrise, in shades of yellows, oranges and reds.  The 7-9 blooms are held just above the foliage on sturdy stems, and the plants are attractive compact growers.  Tropical Splash (Blc. Tropical Sunset x Lc. Denis Olivas) has a bright yellow flower with bold red flares on strong stems that hold 5-7 well-arranged flowers above the foliage.  Lots of tropical colors in these flowers!  Yellow, orange and red will predominate, many flared in red, on strong upright inflorescences holding 5-7 blooms above the foliage and a compact plant habit.
3” pots $14

SVO 7371
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Kagaribi Dawn 'Red Star' x L. Gold Star 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Kagaribi Dawn (Lc. Kagaribi x Slc. Tropic Dawn) has a star-shaped red flower.  Its unusual flower shape, color and upright narrow pseudobulbs make it a cool-looking novelty plant. Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) is a hybrid of two Brazilian rupicolous Laelias, carrying starry yellow flowers on a plant with pencil-thin pseudobulbs.  This cross will produce plants with thin, straight, upright pseudobulbs.  Flowers will be starry and red, though some will show a bit of yellow coloration.  Very cool-looking plant habit and unusual starry flowers.
3” pots $14

SVO 7373
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Burana Love 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) is one of my favorite breeding plants due to its cluster of 8-9 vibrant orange-yellow flowers on strong stems. Burana Love (Pot. Burana Beauty x Blc. Love Sound) has a full-shaped, bright yellow flower with bold red flares on a strong upright stem.  These will be compact plants with good upright stems bearing cluster of yellow and red flowers.  Very showy and easy to bloom.
3” pots $14

SVO 7374
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tropical Sunset 'Ocean's Heaven' x Pot. Toshie's Charm 'SVO Hot Lips')

Tropical Sunset (C. Horace x Tropic Glow) has large orange flowers with full, dark red lips, well-presented on a strong inflorescence. Toshie's Charm (Pot. Little Toshie x Blc. Izumi Charm) has yellow flowers with a marvelous shape and beautiful red lip with a touch of yellow.  Both parents are excellent, and the offspring will produce flowers with good shape in shades of yellow and orange, all with red lips.  The reciprocal is SVO 7393.
3” pots $14

SVO 7375
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x L. Gold Star 'SVO' 4n)

Love Sound (Blc. Bouton D'Or x L. briegeri) carries 5-7 well-shaped clear yellow flowers on strong spikes, and is a proven breeder for shape and color. This Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) is a chance tetraploid from a cross of two Brazilian rupicolous Laelias.  Its starry yellow flowers have fuller shape and heavier substance than usual, and the plant has stockier pencil-thin pseudobulbs. Nice compact plants with upright growths will result from this cross.  The flowers will be full-shaped stars in bright yellow, held well on sturdy stems.  Limited supply.
3” pots $14

SVO 7377
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Kagaribi Dawn 'Red Star' x L. Gold Star 'SVO' 4n)

Kagaribi Dawn (Lc. Kagaribi x Slc. Tropic Dawn) has a star-shaped red flower.  Its unusual flower shape, color and upright narrow pseudobulbs make it a cool-looking novelty plant. Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) is a hybrid of two Brazilian rupicolous Laelias, carrying starry yellow flowers on a plant with pencil-thin pseudobulbs.  The same cross as SVO 7371; however, Gold Star 'SVO' 4n is a tetraploid.  We are expecting this variant of the cross to favor the color of this Gold Star a bit more. 
3” pots $14

SVO 7383
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Gold Star 'SVO' 4n)

Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) is one of my favorite breeding plants due to its vibrant orange-yellow flowers in clusters of 8-9 on strong stems. This Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) is a chance tetraploid from a cross of two Brazilian rupicolous Laelias.  Its starry yellow flowers have fuller shape and heavier substance than usual, and the plant has stockier pencil-thin pseudobulbs. These will be compact plants with straight upright bulbs and inflorescences holding 7-9 bright yellow starry flowers high above the foliage.
3” pots $14

SVO 7385
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Picotee Passion 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Mini Song 'La Primera Morada' HCC/AOS)

Picotee Passion (Blc. Horizon Flight x L. anceps) is beautiful!  Flowers are light lavender, and the petals have a darker lavender picotee and flaring.  The lip is light lavender, too, with a darker lavender picotee and a bright yellow throat, and the L. anceps in its background gives it a good strong stem that holds the flower well above the foliage. Mini Song (Lc. Mini Purple x Lc. Mari's Song) has purple flowers with impressive darker purple flares and excellent shape. It's also a robust grower and bloomer.  I'm a big fan of Picotee Passion, and I especially love the flower color, size and stem habit.  Adding the fine shape and color of 'La Pimera Morada' will assure flared flowers in lavender with darker splashes.  Strong stems will do a good job of supporting 3-5 flowers above the foliage.  These will deliver great purple color in March.
3” pots $15

SVO 7386
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Slc. Granata Sunrise 'SVO Tequila Sunrise')

Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) has vibrant orange-yellow flower in clusters of 8-9 on strong stems.  It's a favorite breeder of mine.  Granata Sunrise (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Wasp Nest) has been an excellent plant as well.  The flower color looks like a Tequila Sunrise, in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and the 7-9 blooms are held just above he foliage on sturdy stems.  These are going to produce sunset-colored flowers with lots of orange and yellow.  Strong stems will hold the flowers above the foliage in an attractive display.
3” pots $14

SVO 7394
(Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) is one of my favorite breeders for its vibrant orange-yellow flowers in clusters of 8-9 on strong stems.The proven breeding qualities of Love Sound - full, rounded flowers, bright yellow color, a sturdy stem carrying 4-6 blooms, and an attractive compact plant habit - make this cross a well-thought-out pairing.  Strong sturdy stems will hold 5-9 bright yellow flowers well above the foliage, and plants will be compact and robust.
3” pots $14

SVO 7395
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Granata Sunrise 'SVO Tequila Sunset' x Blc. Kaboom 'SVO')

Granata Sunrise (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Wasp Nest) is an excellent plant.  The flower color looks like a Tequila Sunrise in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and the 7-9 blooms are held just above the foliage on sturdy stems.  Kaboom (Blc. Guess What x Blc. Schroder's Love) has a compact growing habit and strong upright flower spikes with 6-7 large, well-arranged bright yellow flowers.  These are going to produce sunset-colored flowers with lots of orange and yellow.  Sturdy stems will hold the flowers above the foliage is an attractive display. Only a few available.
3” pots $14

SVO 7397
Pot. Forbidden Love (Pot. William Farrell 'Native Son' x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

What beautiful plants this cross will make!  Robust bulbs hold upright leaves - very handsome. The distinguished heritage in the breeding of William Farrell (Slc. Helen Veliz x Bc. Llano) is impressive, and its ancestry is a veritable who's who of Cattleya breeding in the 1950's and 60's.  'Native Son' has an impressive flower in a beautiful soft peach color, and the strong stems hold 5-6 well-arranged flowers above the foliage.  Love Sound is a modern breeding line.  Compact plants produce upright spikes presenting 7-8 solid yellow flowers with very pleasing shape. This new grex will produce strong stems of well-shaped and well-arranged flowers.  Best of all is the rarely seen peach color that the flowers should display. 
3” pots $14

SVO 7398
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Kaboom 'SVO' x Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS)

Kaboom (Blc. Guess What x Blc. Schroder's Love) is a great plant with a compact growing habit and strong upright flower spikes with 6-7 large, well-arranged bright yellow flowers. Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) has bright yellow flowers with just a bit of red on the lip.  Excellent shape and twice-a-year flowering make this a desirable parent.  The expectation is for several significant improvements: solid yellow flowers, strong stems holding 5-7 well-arranged blooms above the foliage on compact plants that mature at 8-10” tall.
3” pots $15

SVO 7399
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Rockette 'Little Rock' AM/AOS x Lc. Trick or Treat 'Orange Magic' AM/AOS)

Rockette (Lc. Koolau Seagulls x Sc. Beaufort) 'Little Rock' carries 5-6 well-spaced starry flowers in a pleasing red-orange color on a nice stem, all from a compact plant.  Trick or Treat (L. Icarus x Lc. Chit Chat) produces amazing heads of starry orange flowers on tall upright inflorescences.  This will be a particularly floriferous cross, with lots of red to orange flowers on compact plants that are easy to grow and bloom.
3” pots $14

SVO 7405
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Granata Sunrise 'SVO Tequila Sunrise' x Slc. Rockette 'Little Rock' AM/AOS)

Granata Sunrise (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Wasp Nest) is an excellent plant.  Flower color looks like a Tequila Sunrise in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and the 7-9 blooms are held just above the foliage on sturdy stems.  The flowers of Rockette (Lc. Koolau Seagulls x Sc. Beaufort) 'Little Rock' are a pleasing red-orange color, with 5-6 well-spaced, starry blooms on a nice stem produced by a compact plant.  This cross will have 5-7 well-presented flowers in warm sunset colors, mostly reds and oranges, on compact plants. This is the exact same cross as SVO 7401. I must have wanted to make it so badly I flasked two capsules!!!
3” pots $14

SVO 7409
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Laughing Boy 'Remake Splash' x Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x Lc. Little Dipper) is a proven breeder of flared flowers, imparting great color, flat form and twice-a-year blooming.  Laughing Boy (Lc. Denis Olivas x Blc. Love Sound) has a compact growth habit and strong upright stems bearing starry yellow flowers with red flared petals.  Here we are looking to develop strong stems with clusters of 5-7 flared flowers on compact plants. Lots of potential, so the reciprocal cross also was made as SVO 7407.
3” pots $14

SVO 7415
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Magic Melody 'SVO' AM/AOS x L. anceps 'White Marble')

Every year there are a few crosses I really look forward to flowering, and this is one of them.  Magic Melody (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Lc. Melody Fair) has a very impressive plant and flower.  The blooms are pure white with a crimson lip, and the lateral sepals have a touch of yellow.  The stem is very strong, easily supporting 5-7 large well-arranged flowers.  This anceps produces long stems carrying 4 pure white flowers, each with a purple-veined throat.  I am very optimistic about this cross!  Expect white flowers with wide petals and red lips on strong arching stems displaying 5-6 blooms.  These will be easy-to-grow plants with flowers like a huge semi-alba anceps.
3” pots $15

SVO 7432
C. Dubiosa (C. trianae 'Cashens' FCC/AOS x C. loddigesii 'Tamiami Thunder' AM/AOS)

I cannot think of a better pairing to remake the famous classic Cattleya Dubiosa.  'Cashens' is widely considered to be one of the finest trianae cultivars and 'Tamiami Thunder' is a spectacular loddigesii with the largest flower awarded and a remarkable 5 flowers on one inflorescence.  Expect this remake to produce flowers with fantastic shape, color and longevity.  Not much more needs to be said.
3” pots $16

SVO 7443
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO' x Pot. Burana Angel '#1 Best' HCC/AOS)

Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) is a special plant with considerable breeding potential.  Flowers are a pure, very bright yellow - the most intense yellow imaginable – with a contrasting red lip.  It's interesting that the red flaring of Aussie Sunset is not expressed in the flowers - it must be a recessive trait. Burana Angel (Pot. Burana Beauty x Slc. Bright Angel) produces remarkably-colored flowers: well-shaped reds with darker red flares and yellow at the base.  Very interesting looking.  Plants are 10” tall and bloom twice a year.  These are a little hard to predict, as we aren't sure how the recessive splash petals of Tropical Aurora will be transmitted. I'm optimistic that these will produce 5-7 excellent red flowers with yellow flared petals displayed nicely on strong stems.
3” pots $15  

SVO 7446
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Fordyce Fantasy 'SVO Best' x Pot. Burana Love 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Fordyce Fantasy (Blc. Horizon Flight x C. aurantiaca) is a remarkable hybrid first made by the late Frank Fordyce. The robust-growing plants produce strong stems holding 5-7 flowers in a clear lemon yellow with petals having a purple triangular splash and purple picotee.  Burana Love (Pot. Burana Beauty x Blc. Love Sound) flowers with 5-6 nicely displayed blooms on a tall inflorescence.  Flowers are bright yellow and petals are flared magenta-red, making a very showy display.  These will be yellows with red flares, and the stems will do a good job of supporting the 5-7 shapely flowers just above the foliage, all from compact plants at 12” tall.
3” pots $14

SVO 7454
Pot. NEW HYBRID [Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO' x (Pot. Yellow Ball x Pot. Burana Beauty) 'Spectacular Bid']

Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) is a special plant with considerable potential.  Flowers are a pure, very bright yellow - the most intense yellow imaginable – with a contrasting red lip. It is interesting that the red flaring of Aussie Sunset is not expressed in the flowers, suggesting it's a recessive trait. 'Spectacular Bid' has a bright yellow flower with a touch of red in the lip.  Flowers have exceptional shape, are well-presented and, remarkably, quite fragrant, which is unusual for a yellow Cattleya.  These will produce strong stems of 4-7 well-formed flowers in bright yellow with red lips, and some will be fragrant!  The reciprocal is available as SVO 7511.
3” pots $14

SVO 7455
Pot. Rosella's Lovely Sunset (Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x Pot. Aussie Sunset 'Cosmic Fire' AM/AOS

)Love Sound is a plant with a long history of breeding success.  It imparts strong stems, compact growth habit and good flower shape.  Aussie Sunset (Lc. Fires of Spring x C. Gene May) has a red-orange flower with a yellow splash, and the blooms are held above the foliage in clusters of 4-6.  There is great potential here for yellow-orange flowers with yellow and red flares.  The plants are good growers and will produce 7-9 flowers on strong upright stems.  This cross was first made in Australia, and the plants in photos posted to Facebook a few years ago were exceptional.
3” pots $14

SVO 7456
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Magic Melody 'SVO' AM/AOS x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

Magic Melody (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Lc. Melody Fair) is a modern hybrid with a compact growth habit.  It has excellent stems that hold 5-7 large, well-formed, soft yellow flowers with full-shaped crimsons lips, well-arranged above the foliage. Love Sound, with its solid yellow flowers, strong stems, high flower count and compact growth habit, has a long successful breeding history.  The objective with the re-introduction of Love Sound is to reduce plant size to a maximum of 12” tall while keeping strong stems and good flower count.  Flower color will be a bright yellow with lips in crimson.  We are expecting full-shaped flowers from the influence of Magic Melody.
3” pots $15

SVO 7457
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Hawaiian Prominence 'America' AM/AOS x Pot. Velvet Rubies 'SVO')

Hawaiian Prominence (Blc. Hisako Akatsuka x Slc. Wendy's Redstone) produces flowers with an eye-catching color best described as “a deep velvety ruby purple with a ruby purple lip and bright yellow throat.”  Flowers are large at 4.5” across on plants barely 10” tall.  Velvet Rubies (Pot. Rubescence x Slc. Tangerine Jewel) has flowers with an intense red velvety color, excellent shape and is a true mini-Catt, with bulbs just 6” tall.  This cross is focusing on the development of intense, deep velvety ruby-red flower colors.  Lips will be full-shaped with ruffled margins.  Plants will mature at 8” tall, and flowers will 4” across, large in relation to the plants, which will bloom in 3” pots.
3” pots $15

SVO 7459
Pot. Spring Prominence (Pot. Hawaiian Prominence 'America' AM/AOS x Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3')

One of our long-term breeding goals is the development of plants with strong inflorescences holding heads of well-shaped red flowers.  This cross incorporates parents with key traits toward this goal. Hawaiian Prominence (Blc. Hisako Akatsuka x Slc. Wendy's Redstone) has an eye-catching color with flowers best described as “a deep velvety ruby purple with a ruby purple lip and bright yellow throat.”  Flowers are large at 4.5” across on plants barely 10” tall. Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red/orange flowers with darker red lips.  It has proven to be an excellent parent, with dominance for color, a sturdy inflorescence, and bloom period.  These will be vibrant velvety red-purple flowers held well on good stems.  A nice new development in color and flower count.
3” pots $14

SVO 7460
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Picotee Flight 'SVO' x Blc. Love Blush 'Love Blush')

This cross has outstanding potential for a new twist on flared flowers. Picotee Flight (Blc. Horizon Flight x Blc. Love Sound) blooms with 7-9 shapely flowers in yellow with excellent red flares and a red picotee.  Quite eye-catching!  Love Blush (Blc. Love Sound x Blc. Picotee Passion) has a delicately beautiful light yellow flower with a light red-rose blush around the margins of the segments.  The 7-9 flowers are well-arranged and supported nicely.  Looking for some magic here.  We expect strong stems of 7-9 nicely-arranged flowers with good flares.  We are optimistic that many will have flared pastel color combinations. I have a good feeling about this one…
3” pots $14

SVO 7461
Pot. NEW HYBRID [(Blc. Picotee Flight 'SVO' x (Pot. Burana Love x L. anceps) 'Flared Yellow Gold']

Picotee Flight (Blc. Horizon Flight x Blc. Love Sound) blooms with 7-9 shapely flowers in yellow with excellent red flares and a red picotee. As the cultivar name suggests, the not-yet-registered (Pot. Burana Love x L. anceps) has 4-6 well-arranged flowers that are 'Flared Yellow Gold' on a graceful arching stem imparted by the anceps parent.  This cross is going to produce strong stems from the anceps and Love Sound in its background.  Plants should bear 5-7 well-arranged flowers, and we expect light yellow blooms with dark yellow flares and a red splash.  Very colorful flares!
3” pots $14

SVO 7462
Pot. Norma Sue (Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS)

Love Sound has played an important role in our hybridizing program.  Its offspring consistently show desirable qualities, like slightly upswept petal stance, good color, increased flower count, and a nice plant habit.Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) has bright yellow flowers with just a bit of red on the lip.  Excellent shape and twice-a-year flowering make this a desirable parent.  Bright yellow flowers in spring are a sure thing with this cross, and good flower form and stem habit will prevail.
3” pots $14

SVO 7463
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO' x Lc. Aussie Sunset 'Cosmic Fire' AM/AOS)

Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) is a special plant with considerable breeding potential.  Flowers are a pure, very bright yellow - the most intense yellow imaginable – with a contrasting red lip.  It's interesting that the red flaring of Aussie Sunset is not expressed in the flowers - it must be a recessive trait. Crossing Tropical Aurora back to its parent Aussie Sunset (Lc. Fires of Spring x C. Gene May), which has a highly-colored red-orange flower and yellow splash, should override the recessive nature of Tropical Aurora.  If this hypothesis proves to be true, look for very bright yellow flowers flared with red splashes.  Blooms will be held well above the foliage in clusters of 6-7.  I am looking forward to seeing how these turn out.
3” pots $14

SVO 7464
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Purple Splendor 'SVO' x Lc. Tydea 'SVO 5x7')

Super dark purple flowers are really hot right now. Purple Splendor (Lc. Mini Purple x Lc. Culminant) has very large flat flowers in dark purple with classic full-shaped lips.  The plants boom twice a year and are only 10” tall.  Tydea (C. trianae x L. pumila) has large dark purple flowers on small plants - 'SVO 5x7' has a 5” flower on a 7” tall plant – very  impressive! This cross will capitalize on the large flower size, great shape, and deep purple color of each parent, and mature plants will be compact at 8-10” tall.  This cross has excellent potential - highly recommended.
3” pots $15

SVO 7466
Eplc. Magic Wand (Lc. Trick or Treat 'SVO' 4n x Epc. Kyoguchi 'Peter's Pick')

This is a great hybrid, and the robust plants grow and bloom well under any conditions.  The yellow to gold flowers have red-striped lips, and the inflorescences are branched with many 1.25” blooms.  Best of all, these are fragrant - yes, fragrant flowers!  This is a great non-traditional hybrid.   Flower color ranges from yellow to orange, with red-striped lips.  Plants are super easy to grow.  Did I mention that they're also FRAGRANT?!  Yes - they are!  This is a fun cross with a very different look.  Plants are great growers, and many will flower this spring.
3” pots $14

SVO 7472
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' AM/AOS x Pot. What About Love 'Brilliant Gold')

Goldenzelle (Blc. Fortune x C. Horace) is a standard sized plant with bulbs 18” tall, and plants require a 6” pot at maturity.  Flowers are large, over 6” across, and held well on strong stems in groups of 3-4. As the name indicates, the cultivar 'Lemon Chiffon' is yellow and has excellent shape with wide petals and a yellow lip with a bright red spot. For years, this Goldenzelle has been considered one of the top standard yellow Cattleyas ever produced. What About Love (Blc. Guess What x Slc. Pure Love) was selected several years back but not until now did I put it to work. The long-lived flowers are intense golden-yellow and held nicely in groups of 3-4. This plant is a mini-Catt, standing just 6” tall, and blooms twice a year.  This cross will deliver nice-sized flowers 4-5” across with wide petals, and plants will mature at 8-10” tall.  Flowers will be yellow, with most having full ruffled red lips.  Optimism abounds when I think about the potential of this cross.  
3” pots $15

SVO 7473
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Love-Love 'SVO Superior' x Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3')

Love-Love (Pot. Love Passion x Blc. Love Sound) has bright golden-yellow flowers with a touch of red on the tip of the lip. Strong stems present the flowers well, and the overall effect is very attractive.  Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red/orange flowers with darker red lips.  It has proven to be an excellent parent, with dominance for color, and sturdy inflorescences.  These are going to be blooming in sunset colors favoring orange and red tones.  Strong stems of well-displayed flowers will make these plants extra showy.
3” pots $14

SVO 7476
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Love-Love 'SVO Superior' x Pot. Love Passion 'Island Romance' Dark Red Lip Mutation)

Love-Love (Pot. Love Passion x Blc. Love Sound) has bright golden-yellow flowers with a touch of red on the tip of the lip. Strong stems present the flowers well, and the overall effect is very attractive.  Pot. Love Passion is a superior parent, and the cultivar used here has an unusual dark red spot on the lip.  The addition of Love Passion (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. William Farrell) back to Love-Love will emphasize its dominant traits. This cross will produce offspring favoring many of the Love Passion qualities: 7-11 large bright orange flowers with orange lips and a dark red spot on strong stems that display the blooms well above the foliage.
3” pots $14

SVO 7481
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Krull's Mini Angel 'SVO Red Fire Ball'x Pot. Star Fire 'Rocket Red')

At SVO we have been breeding for the perfect deep red mini-Catt.  These newest crosses are bringing together several generations of progressively improved hybrids to achieve the ultimate goal: classic standard-shaped red flowers with full ruffled lips.  Krull's Mini-Angel (Pot. Elaine Taylor x Pot. Franklin Smith) has nearly perfect shape, and the flat flowers have overlapping petals in dark red with a full darker red lip.  Plants are compact, and flowers are well-displayed.  Star Fire (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot. Rubescence) 'Rocket Red' produces 7 flowers in solid saturated red, and the ruffled lip is red, becoming darker red centrally.  This cross is very promising for great color and excellent shape, with well-presented flowers on a compact plant. An excellent modern red Cattleya cross!
3” pots $15

SVO 7483
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Ocean Drive 'SVO'x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

Ocean Drive (Lc. Ken Battle x Blc. Bouton D'Or) has many surprisingly nice, intense golden-orange flowers with full-shaped rounded lips that are well-arranged along a 16” stem.  Love Sound is dominant for good breeding qualities such as well-formed flowers, good color, increased flower count, strong stems and a nice plant habit. These are going to produce pure golden-yellow flowers with fuller and broader lips than generally seen in Love Sound hybrids.  The compact plants will produce clusters of 5-9 flowers on strong stems and will be easy to grow and bloom.
3” pots $14

SVO 7485
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS x Pot. What About Love 'Brilliant Gold')

Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) has bright yellow flowers with just a bit of red on the full-shaped lip.  The blooms have excellent shape, and the compact plant stature and twice-a-year flowering habit make this a desirable parent.  What About Love (Blc. Guess What x Slc. Pure Love) has long-lived flowers in an intense golden-yellow color. The long-lived blooms are produced in groups of 3-4 twice a year on a mini-Catt standing just 6” tall.  Expect these to carry 3-5 excellent solid golden-yellow flowers with good form on strong stems.
3” pots $15

SVO 7489
Slc. Orquidacea's Small Fortune (Lc. Trick or Treat 'Orange Magic' AM/AOS x Slc. Kagaribi Dawn 'Red Star')

Trick or Treat (L. Icarus x Lc. Chit Chat) produces amazing heads of 15 or more starry orange flowers and transmits high flower count to its offspring.Kagaribi Dawn has a brilliant red flower with a very starry shape influenced by the L. cinnabarina in its background. It really has an eye-catching color and shape; everybody is drawn to these flowers when in bloom.  This cross is all about heads of starry flowers!  These will mostly be red, but some will have a touch of orange, and great stems will hold the flowers high.  This is a very showy novelty style of hybrid.
3” pots $14

SVO 7493       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Star Fire 'Ruben's Red' x Lc. Trick or Treat 'Orange Magic' AM/AOS)

Star Fire (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot. Rubescence) 'Ruben's Red' is an impressive sight!  The 7 well-supported red flowers have good shape with ruffled lips in darker red.  Quite memorable!  Breeding Star Fire back to Trick or Treat (L. Icarus x Lc. Chit Chat) with its heads of 15 or more starry orange flowers will nearly double the flower count of the offspring.  Expect red flowers with dark red lips.  The shape will be fuller than Trick or Treat but still a little starry.  Nice clusters of red blooms well above the foliage is always very showy. 
3” pots $14

SVO 7494
Bul. NEW HYBRID (Epc. Kyoguchi 'Peters Pick' x Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS)

What a novelty hybrid this is! One parent, Kyoguchi (Enc. aromatica x Gur. aurantiaca), has branched inflorescences with yellow flowers that are highly fragrant.  Love Sound has proven itself over and over as a valuable breeder and is dominant for yellow flower color and good form, stem and plant habit.  This combination will make a Bullara (abbreviated Bul.).  Plants are vigorous and will start to flower in 3” pots, maturing in 4” pots. These will carry well-formed yellow flowers with red striped lips, and some will have fragrance and a branching inflorescence from the Kyoguchi.  This is an outstanding cross!
3” pots $15

SVO 7497
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot.Lovely Martha 'SVO' x Slc. Anduril 'Krull's Scarlet' AM/AOS)

Lovely Martha (Blc. Fuchs Orange Nugget x Pot. Martha Clarke) has salmon/orange colored flowers with the tips of the petals flared in red.  The lip is broad, and the 4-5 flowers are well-held. Anduril (Slc. Jewel Box x Lc. Trick or Treat) produces clusters of starry reds on sturdy stems.  Both parents bloom in April, and the progeny should as well.  Great stems, red flowers, fine form – a very promising combination.
3” pots $14

SVO 7499
Slc. Fire Magic (Lc. Tokyo Magic 'Kitty' x Slc. Fire Fantasy 'Royalty')

Fire Magic almost needs no introduction.  H&R Nurseries first made and offered this cross about 10 years ago, and it was an instant success.  The compact plants produced vibrantly-colored flared flowers in ruby-red and yellow.  Although each plant was slightly different in color and pattern, all had uniformly shapely, well-presented flowers, making this cross a home run!  This is a remake, and we expect similarly excellent results.
3” pots $15  

SVO 7500
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Louise Clarke 'Outstanding' x Pot. Hawaiian Prominence 'Hawaii' AM/AOS)

Louise Clarke (Pot. Golden Circle x Pot. Rubescence) has such a nice flower!  When you look at the picture it's hard to tell that this isn't a standard Cattleya with a flower 7” across.  It's actually a 4” flower on a 6” tall plant blooming in a 3” pot!!!  Hawaiian Prominence (Blc. Hisako Akatsuka x Slc. Wendy's Redstone) has an eye-catching color combination: deep velvety ruby purple with a ruby purple lip and bright yellow throat.  Flowers are large at 4.5” across with plants barely 10” tall. With this cross we are looking for unusual deep colors in vibrant purple-red with full shaped ruffled lips and a yellow throat.  The petals will be flat and wide.  This will be a compact plant with mature bulbs at 8” tall and first blooms in 3” pots.
3” pots $15

SVO 7501
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Ruby Maker 'SVO' x Pot. Lebenkries 'Diamond Orchids')

Ruby Maker (Pot. Mem. Ralph Smith x Pot. Rubescence) has burgundy red flowers, a darker ruffled lip and a surprisingly strong stem that holds 4-5 large flowers. Lebenkries (Pot. Rubescence x Slc. Circle of Life) is truly amazing!  The 'Diamond Orchids' cultivar is flat, full, deep red and blooms twice a year.  Just exceptional!  The doubling up of Rubescence will assure several important color and form attributes.  Flower color will be deep burgundy red, and the full, ruffled lip will be darker red.  Excellent flower shape is expected, with 3-4 well-presented blooms.  Very nice!
3” pots $15

SVO 7511
Pot. NEW HYBRID [(Pot. Yellow Ball x Pot. Burana Beauty) 'Spectacular Bid' x Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO']

'Spectacular Bid' has a bright yellow flower with a touch of red in the lip.  Flowers have exceptional shape, are well-presented and, remarkably, quite fragrant, which is unusual for a yellow Cattleya.  Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) is a special plant with considerable potential.  Flowers are a pure, very bright yellow - the most intense yellow imaginable – with a contrasting red lip. It is interesting that the red flaring of Aussie Sunset is not expressed in the flowers, suggesting it's a recessive trait. These will produce strong stems of 4-7 well-formed flowers in bright yellow with red lips, and some will be fragrant!  The reciprocal is available as SVO 7454.
3” pots $14

SVO 7519
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette' #3' x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Hawaii Trip')

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red flowers with darker red lips and has proven to be an excellent parent. Pot. Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) is named after my wife, so you know it's a special cross.  Marthas have great flower color, shape and growth habit, and are easy to bloom.  It's hard to improve on these parents, but this might just be the combination that incorporates the best of both.  These are expected to have great stems holding 7-9 flowers above the foliage.  Colors will range from solid red to medium yellow brushed with red flares, and all the flowers will have dark red lips. 
3” pots $14

SVO 7525
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Martha Clarke 'Outstanding' x Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO')

Pot. Martha Clarke (Slc. Circle of Life x Blc. Love Sound) is named after my wife, so you know it's a special cross.  Plants from this grex have great flower color, shape and growth habit, and are easy to bloom. Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) is a special plant with considerable potential.  Flowers are a pure, very bright yellow - the most intense yellow imaginable – with a contrasting red lip.  I think this combination will combine the best qualities of both parents.  These compact plants are expected to have great stems holding 5-7 flowers above the foliage.  Colors will range from solid yellow to yellow-orange brushed with red flares, and all the flowers will have dark red lips.
3” pots $14

SVO 7526
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS)

The potential for this cross is amazing.  Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) 'OPRL' ( 'Orange Petals Red Lip') has superb form with 3.5” orange flowers and red lips produced twice a year on 6” tall plants. Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort) has well-formed, flat, bright yellow flowers with just a bit of red on the full-shaped lip.  It also blooms twice a year.  Breeding plants to bloom reliably twice a year takes careful thought and selection, and this cross should deliver in that category.  Flowers will range from yellow to orange and all colors in between, many with contrasting red lips.  These will start flowering in 3" pots and will flower twice a year when mature.
3” pots $15

SVO 7530
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Fordyce Prelude 'Pinnacle' AM/AOS x Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO')

Fordyce Prelude (Slc. California Apricot x Blc. Horizon Flight) produces flat yellow-orange flowers with a prominent red splash, and the full-shaped lip is yellow-orange with red edges. Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) is very bright yellow with a contrasting red lip. It's interesting that the red flaring of Aussie Sunset is not expressed in the flowers - it must be a recessive trait.  Breeding it to another flared parent will hopefully unlock its potential. The expectation is for bright yellow flowers with red flares on the petals and red lips with yellow throats, well arranged in heads of 4-6 on upright stems.
3” pots $14

SVO 7535
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Hawaii Trip')

Famous parents bred Mem. Jim Nickou (Blc. Xanthette x Sc. Beaufort), producing plants that bear well-formed, flat, bright yellow flowers with just a bit of red on the full-shaped lip.  As a bonus, this beauty blooms twice a year.  My wife's namesake, Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life), has equally famous parents and has also produced many excellent cultivars.  'Hawaii Trip' was spotted in bloom at a Hawaiian grower's greenhouses and is outstanding, with excellent flower shape and color.  When you study the breeding results of these two parents and their ancestors, you realize that this cross has outstanding potential. These will bloom with sunset colors in yellow and orange, some will have the petals tipped in red, and lips will be red and yellow.  Sturdy stems will present 3-4 beautifully-formed flowers.
3” pots $15

SVO 7536
Slc. Granata Sunrise (Slc. Wasp Nest 'Red Red' HCC/AOS x Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS)

Back by popular demand, this is a reliable and colorful cross!  Clusters of 5-9 flowers in a variety of tropical sunset colors are presented above the foliage on strong stems.  Plants are compact growers and can produce 3-4 inflorescences by the time they're in 4” pots.  This makes for *lots* of color in a small space!  This Picture 3983 is a good example of the quality from this cross.
3” pots $14

SVO 7537       
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette' #3' x Slc. Kagaribi Dawn 'Red Star')

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) is a popular parent, as it imparts strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red flowers with darker red lips.  Kagaribi Dawn has a brilliant red flower with a starry shape influenced by the L. cinnabarina in its background.  'Red Star' has an eye-catching color and shape; everybody is drawn to these flowers when it's in bloom.  These will produce star-shaped novelty-style dark red flowers on upright stems. 
3” pots $14

SVO 7538
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tropical Aurora 'SVO' x Pot. Martha's Charm 'Mother's Day')

Tropical Aurora (Lc. Aussie Sunset x Lc. Tokyo Magic) has very bright yellow flowers - almost unimaginably bright - offset by a contrasting red lip. Martha's Charm (Pot. Martha Clarke x Blc. Izumi Charm) flowers just in time for Mother's Day with beautifully-shaped soft yellow flowers blushed in pink.  One of the factors in deciding to make this cross was bloom period.  Both parents flower in early May, a very welcome sight as many Cattleyas are winding down by then. These will have wide yellow petals, some blushed pink, and all with red lips.  Sturdy stems will hold 4-5 flowers above the foliage.
3” pots $14

SVO 7542
Pot. Martha's Sunburst (Pot. Tokyo Life 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Martha Clarke 'Orange Tart' )

Tokyo Life (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Slc. Circle of Life) has been successful on several levels.  The compact plant produces warm sunset-colored flowers with excellent shape.  Martha Clarke (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Circle of Life) is such a good grex I named it after my wife!  The cultivar 'Orange Tart' is one of the best, with excellent shape, color and nice plant habit, plus a twice-a-year blooming habit.  When you study the breeding, you see Circle of Life on both sides, and looking even deeper you find the rupicolous L. briegeri on both sides as well.  This ancestry gives an indication of what to expect.  Plants will be compact, and flower color will range from light sunset colors to brighter yellows and oranges.  Flowers will have nice form, with wide petals on a strong stem holding 3-4 blooms.  Very nice. Take a look at a first bloom Picture
3” pots $14

SVO 7545       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Jane Pierce 'March Madness' x Slc. Anduril 'Krull's Scarlet' AM/AOS)

Jane Pierce (Pot. Martha Clarke x Slc. Precious Katie) has ruby red flowers with a ruffled lip that is intensely red-purple with a golden throat.  Amazing color, and the shape is excellent too! Anduril (Slc. Jewel Box x Lc. Trick or Treat) produces clusters of starry red flowers on sturdy stems.  Expect sturdy stems of 4-5 really red flowers with really red lips on compact plants.
3” pots $14

SVO 7737       
Lc. Miss Wonderful (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x L. anceps 'Irwin's' 4n AM/AOS)

Miss Wonderful has been a fantastic hybrid, truly deserving of its name!  We remake this every couple years, as it really is wonderful.  Over the years we have made this grex with different parents and have learned that when Mari's Song is crossed to L. anceps 'Irwin's' we get excellent quality flowers. These are strong-growing plants and easy to bloom, producing large flowers with excellent flares, well-presented on 12 to 18” long inflorescences. A few examples from the previous crosses:  Picture,   Picture,   Picture
3” pots $14

SVO 7745       
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tropical Song 'Calypso' x Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Tropical Song (Lc. Tropic Glow x Lc. Mari's Song) has cool looking tri-colored flowers: sepals are pink and petals are purple, splashed in yellow.  Good stems hold 4-5 flowers above the foliage.  Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) is a favorite breeder of ours and is dominant for vibrant orange-yellow flowers in clusters of 8-9 on strong stems.  Here we are breeding for multi-colored splash-petalled flowers.
3” pots $14

SVO 7839
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Magic Melody 'Starburst' x L. anceps 'Helen')

Magic Melody (Lc. Tokyo Magic x Lc. Melody Fair) 'Starburst' has an impressive flower!  The blooms are pure white, with the petals tipped in red, lateral sepals showing a touch of yellow, and a crimson lip.  The stem is very strong, easily supporting 5-7 large well-arranged flowers.  This anceps carries 4 solid pink flowers on long stems.  I am very optimistic about this cross!  Expect 5-6 well-shaped light pink flowers with red lips on arching stems.  These will be easy-to-grow plants and will make an impressive display when in bloom.
3” pots $15

 

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

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