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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  6567     
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Mem. Jim Nickou 'James' HCC/AOS)

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.  The 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 5-7 golden yellow flowers, each with a touch of red on the lip, will be presented well on sturdy stems. 
3” pots $14

SVO 6693      
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Spring Fires 'Lynette #1' x Pot. Star Fire 'Rubens')

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red flowers with darker red lips.  It is proving to be an excellent parent, with dominance for color, strong stems and bloom period. The flowers of Star Fire (Lc. Trick or Treat x Rubescence) are deep red and produced 5-7 on a strong stem.  This promising grex is the continuation in a series of steps aimed at developing the perfect head of intensely-colored, deep red flowers, held high on sturdy stems.
3” pots $14

SVO 6704
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #1' x Pot. Rubescent Fires 'Fire Bomb')

Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red flowers with darker red lips.  It is proving to be an excellent parent, with dominance for color, strong stems and bloom period.  The flowers of Rubescent Fires (Lc. Spring Fires x Pot. Rubescence) are a vivid deep red and full-shaped, held 5-6 on a strong stem.  This breeding line continues a series of steps aimed at the development of plants that will produce strong stems holding 5-7 well-formed deep red flowers, above the foliage.
3” pots $14

SVO 6709      
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Donna Pasanen 'SVO' x Slc. Tropical Star 'Peter's')

How about a near-mini-catt with stems of flared flowers?   This cross is about reducing plant size while maintaining the charm and flower count of its larger relatives.  Donna Pasanen (Lc. Trick or Treat x Slc. Dream Cloud) has great color with red flares in nice clusters of 5-6 blooms.  Tropical Star (Lc. Tropical Song x Sl. Pole-Star) is a mini-catt with very attractive flared flowers.  This grex was developed by Peter T. Lin of Diamond Orchids and is really quite charming.  When breeding for longer stems of 5-7 flowers, plants tend to be taller, but in this case the plants should max out at 8-10” tall.  The 5-7 flowers will be flared in sunset colors with red lips and held well on nice stems.
3” pots $14

SVO 6738
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Lee's Ruby 'SVO' x Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3')

There are several fantastic features of Lee's Ruby (C. Chocolate Drop x Pot. Martha Clarke): rounded flower shape, solid red color and 7-9 waxy flowers on a stem. Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright inflorescences carrying 5-9 red blooms with darker red lips.  It is proving to be an excellent parent, with dominance for color, sturdy stems and bloom period.  The expectation here is upright inflorescences carrying 5-7 deep red flowers well above the foliage.  Limited
3” pots $14

SVO 6749      
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Kaboom 'SVO' x Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL')

Kaboom (Blc. Schroder's Love x Blc. Guess What) produces 5-7 sparkling bright yellow flowers with yellow lips and orange in the throat.Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) is one of my most reliable breeding plants.  I am often asked what is meant by 'OPRL' - Orange Petals Red Lip.  This parent imparts good flower size, shape and color; it also blooms two or three times a year.  Here we are looking for well-formed golden-orange flowers with red lips and improved flower count.
3” pots $14

SVO 6754      
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Fire Fantasy 'Royalty' x Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL')

Fire Fantasy (Lc. Hawaiian Fantasy x Soph. coccinea) is well known for its ability to breed flared flowers.  Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) is one of my most reliable breeding plants.  'OPRL' stands for Orange Petals Red Lip, and I use this plant to impart good flower size, shape and color.  This plant also flowers two or three times a year.  These will have yellow-orange flowers with red flares.
3” pots $14

SVO 6763
L. Gold Star (L. harpophylla 'Orange Flash' x L. crispata (flava) 'SVO Best')

L. harpophylla has 4-7 bright orange flowers per stem, and 'Orange Flasks is a selection from a sibling cross of the acclaimed L. harpophylla 'Mayan Fantasy' AM/AOS.  L. crispata (flava) has 7-9 bright yellow flowers, held nicely on strong stems.  These will produce 5-7 well-presented golden-yellow star-shaped flowers.
3” pots $14

SVO 6771
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Circle of Fire 'SVO' x Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3')

Circle of Fire (Lc. Spring Fires x Slc. Circle of Life)blooms with 3-4 well-supported deep red flowers with full-shaped petals and good form.  The influence of Slc. Circle of Life (Lc. Culminant x Soph. coccinea) is evident.  Crossing it back to its parent, Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island), should reinforce the strong upright stems that carry 5-9 red flowers with darker red lips.  This process is known as "line breeding."  The Spring Fires qualities should be emphasized, while the Circle of Life genes in Circle of Fire will impart fuller-shaped petals and overall form.  This is an important cross, with all the potential for 5-6 full-shaped red flowers on good stems.
3” pots $14

SVO 6772
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS x Blc. Laughing Boy 'SVO Flame' AM/AOS)

Over the years Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) has been responsible for 62 registered hybrids resulting in 56 AOS award - quite a record!  This important parent  breeds good flower shape, red lips, sturdy stems and a compact growth habit. Laughing Boy (Blc. Love Sound x Lc. Dennis Olivas) has an impressive head of 13-15 bright yellow flowers with dark red flares. Expect many bright yellow flowers with red flares and straight, upright stems on a compact plant.
3” pots $14

SVO 6774
Slc. Granata Sunrise (Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS x Slc. Wasp Nest 'Red Red' HCC/AOS)

This is a very showy cross!  Clusters of 5-9 flowers in a variety of sunset colors are presented above the foliage on strong stems. This is my 4th remake of this grex - it's back by popular demand!  The plants are compact growers, and I expect them to have 2-3 inflorescences by the time they're in 4” pots.  This will make for *lots* of color in a small space!  This Picture is a good example of the quality from this cross.
3” pots $14

SVO 6775
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Dream Circle 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3')

The late Frank Fordyce bred Dream Circle (Slc. Circle of Life x Pot. Hisako Akatsuka).  This very successful hybrid has earned 11 AOS awards, based on its rich fuchsia-magenta color, excellent full shape, large lip, and overall size.  I have been using Spring Fires a lot over the last few years.  It's a proven parent and, importantly, breeds for increased flower count, red flower color and strong stems.  Here we are looking for flowers with an intense magenta-red color.
3” pots $14

SVO 6787      
Blc. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Here we combine the good breeding qualities of Love Sound (Blc. Bouton d'Or x L. briegeri) and its bright yellow flowers with the vibrant orange-yellow flower color of Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) and its cluster of 8-9 blooms.  The result will be self-supporting stems with large, well-arranged clusters of golden yellow flowers.  Easy growers and bloomers, these will be show stoppers in March!
3” pots $14

SVO 6788      
Pot. Star Fire (Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS x Lc. Trick or Treat 'Orange Magic' AM/AOS)

What a nice pairing this is. Star Fire has the red color and shapeliness reminiscent of the Pot. Rubescent and the flower count and sturdy stem of the Lc. Trick or Treat.  These also have excellent vigor and begin to flower in 3” pots, maturing in 4” pots. The flowers have been excellent, check out the quality of flowers coming from this one Picture.
3” pots $14

SVO 6811
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tokyo Magic 'Hihimanu' x C. lueddemanniana 'Arthur Chadwick' AM/AOS)

Here is a different take on a modern compact Cattleya cross. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) has been a valuable breeding plant. The cultivar 'Hihimanu' has a cream-colored flower with a purple/red lip, good upright stems and a compact growth habit. The addition of this lueddemanniana, with the large light pink-lavender flowers of 'Arthur Chadwick,' will increase the flower size of this cross and make for plants that bloom in late March/April.  I am optimistic about this cross, which I also made with a darker purple lueddemanniana SVO 6816.
3” pots $14

SVO 6812      
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS)

The breeding reputation of Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) is well deserved. This cultivar has superb form: 3.5” orange flowers with red lips produced twice a year on 6” tall plants. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) has been responsible for 62 registered hybrids that have received 56 AOS awards - quite a record! '6-1' breeds good flower shape, red lips, sturdy stems and a compact growth habit. These desirable characteristics from both parents will make for compact growing plants that will flower in a range of colors from bright yellow to orange, all with red lips and well-presented on strong stems.
3” pots $14

SVO 6816      
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tokyo Magic 'Hihimanu' x C. lueddemanniana 'SVO Flare')

Here is a different take on a modern compact Cattleya cross. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) has been a valuable breeding plant. The cultivar 'Hihimanu' has a cream-colored flower with a purple/red lip, good upright stems and a compact growth habit. The addition of this lueddemanniana, with its dark purple flowers and a touch of darker purple flaring, will increase the flower size of this cross and make for plants that bloom in late March/April. I am optimistic about this cross, which I also made with a light pink-lavender lueddemanniana SVO 6811.
3” pots $14

SVO 6832      
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Pink Treasure 'Chalice of Life'x C. harrisoniana 'Volcano Queen' mutation)

It's hard to put into words, but there is something so appealing about pink flowers with yellow lips.  Pink Treasure (Lc. Tiny Treasure x C. loddigesii) flowers are produced 4-5 per inflorescence in a beautiful soft pink with golden yellow lips.  C. harrisoniana imparts pink flowers and yellow lips to its offspring.  The cultivar 'Volcano Queen' mutation is a mericlone mutation with improved flower size, shape and substance.  Another meristem mutation of 'Volcano Queen' was awarded an FCC/AOS as C. harrisoniana 'Volcano King.'  Here we will see improved flower size and a reinforcement of the pink flower color and yellow lip, plus increased flower count. We also offer the reciprocal cross; see SVO 6834.
3” pots $14

SVO 6834        
Lc. NEW HYBRID (C. harrisoniana 'Volcano Queen' mutation x Lc. Pink Treasure 'Chalice of Life')

It's hard to put into words, but there is something so appealing about pink flowers with yellow lips.  C. harrisoniana imparts pink flowers and yellow lips to its offspring.  The cultivar 'Volcano Queen' mutation is a mericlone mutation with improved flower size, shape and substance.  Another meristem mutation of 'Volcano Queen' was awarded an FCC/AOS as C. harrisoniana 'Volcano King.'  Pink Treasure (Lc. Tiny Treasure x C. loddigesii) flowers are produced 4-5 per inflorescence in a beautiful soft pink with golden yellow lips.  Here we will see improved flower size and a reinforcement of the pink flower color and yellow lip, plus increased flower count. We also offer the reciprocal cross; see SVO 6832.
3” pots $14

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

Here is an interesting cross between non-standard 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 before anceps usually 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 $25

SVO  6904
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Lovely Elaine 'Select' x Pot. Al Thanhauser 'Best One')

Lovely Elaine (Blc. Love Sound x Pot. Elaine Taylor)has 4-5 light red flowers with a darker burgundy blush overlay, a different and interesting color combination.  Flowers are well-supported and have nice rounded segments; however, they're a little on the small side.  Al Thanhauser (C. Orchidglade x Pot. Rubescence) produces well-rounded dark red flowers with a sparkling texture.  The 4-5 blooms are produced twice a year and are well-supported and arranged.  We can predict that these will produce 4-5 nicely-arranged dark red flowers with darker burgundy lips, and flower shape should be well-rounded.
3” pots $14

SVO 6925
Slc. Life's Melody (Lc. Magic Melody 'SVO' AM/AOS x Slc. Circle of Life 'Mesmerize' AM/AOS)

This cross has been excellent, with great flower color, shape, size and a vigorous growth habit.  Many from the previous cross bloomed in yellow with red lips, while others had yellow flowers with an attractive red overlay and flaring, and a few were lavender with darker flaring.  Every plant that I in saw bloom was nice!  They also had well-rounded flowers and sturdy stems..
3” pots $14

SVO  6928
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Winner's Circle 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Oconee Circle 'SVO')

This is a first-rate Potinara hybrid.  Circle of Life is present on both side of the cross, assuring superior flower shape.  Winner's Circle (Pot.  Sally Taylor x Slc. Circle of Life), with Sally Taylor genes for red flowers and strong stems, combines with Oconee Circle (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Circle of Life) and the influence of Oconee, well-known for its dominance in color and form.  These will be very full flowers with large lips in dark reds, well-supported on sturdy stems.
3” pots $15

SVO 6931
Pot. Denis Roessiger (Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL')

What an amazing cross!  Check out the pictures: Pic 1,  Pic 2 , Pic 3   The plants are compact, and the flowers show beautiful variation in the patterning of the flares.  This is one of those hybrids that I can't wait to see in bloom; they're all good!  The reciprocal cross is also available; see SVO 6940.
3” pots $14 

SVO 6940      
Pot. Denis Roessiger (Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

What an amazing cross!  Check out the pictures: Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3. The plants are compact, and the flowers show beautiful variation in the patterning of the flares.  This is one of those hybrids that I can't wait to see in bloom; they're all good!  The reciprocal cross is also available; see SVO 6931.
3” pots $14

SVO 6952
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Aloha Jewel 'Tangerine' x Blc. Guess What 'SVO' AM/AOS)

These will bloom with an intense, almost neon orange flower color.  Aloha Jewel (Slc. Tangerine Jewel x Slc. Kauai Starbright) produces tangerine-colored flowers that are real attention getters, and the stems carry 7-9 well-arranged blooms.  Guess What (Blc. Waikiki Gold x Lc. Trick or Treat) carries 9-10 well-displayed bright golden-yellow flowers.  Great color and good flower count from this cross.
3” pots $14

SVO 6953       NEW
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Jersey Summer 'SVO' x Pot. Hisako Jewel 'SVO')

Jersey Summer (Pot. Paradise Rose x Pot. Dream Circle) bears flowers with great dark red color, full-shaped segments and beautiful lips. Hisako Jewel (Pot. Hisako Akatsuka x Slc. Scarlet Jewel) is a small-growing plant with large, brilliant true red flowers.  This cross is aimed at developing a flower with the look of a standard Blc. on a plant that is about half the size at 6-8” tall.  Good flower size, color and shape on a reduced size plant.  This is about as good as it gets.
3” pots $15
SVO 6954       NEW
Pot. Tak-Fu Hung (Pot. Jersey Summer 'SVO' x Slc. Pat Thrall 'Magenta Fire' AM/AOS )

These will be midsized compact cattleyas plants, with blooms as big as most large standard Blc flowers!!!  Jersey Summer (Pot. Paradise Rose x Pot. Dream Circle) has 4.5” flowers with dark red color, full-shaped segments and beautiful lips.  Pat Thrall (Lc. Bonanza Queen x Slc. Circle of Life) produces a beautifully formed 5.5” flower in magenta-purple with a full Blc. lip.  There is high expectation for this cross to produce large 5”+ red-magenta flowers of excellent form.  Plants will be modest in size, maturing at 8 to 10” tall and blooming well in 4” pots with fully mature multi-growth plants in 5” pots.  This is the type of cross that will garner AOS awards.
3” pots $15

SVO 6955
Slc. Angel's Dream  (Lc. Mari's Song 'CTM 217' HCC/AOS x Slc. Bright Angel 'Red Knight')

Mari's Song (C. Cherry Chip x Lc. Irene Finney) has a long history of breeding flared flowers.  In this case, the bright red color of Bright Angel (Slc. Precious Stones x Soph. coccinea) will dominate the color of the offspring.  The majority of these will be unusual, with red flowers and yellow flares in the center of the petals, the reverse of the color patterns usually seen. Very cool hybrid.   Take a look at this Picture.
3” pots $14

SVO 6957      
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Slc. Picotee Fire 'SVO')

This cross has a lot of potential for flared flowers!  Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x C. Little Dipper) has beautifully flared flowers and has been a reliable parent.  Picotee Fire (Slc. Picotee Passion x Slc. Fire Fantasy) has yellow petals with a red picotee.  There will be lots of color variation with this cross, including yellows, oranges, reds and every shade in between.  Flower form is expected to be excellent, and plants should flower twice a year. >>New Picture<<
3” pots $14

SVO 6958      
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Georgia Peach 'Excellent' x Pot. Fire House 'Love It')

The quest for the perfect compact Cattleya continues.  Georgia Peach (Blc. Love Sound x Slc. Smile Again) produces two color forms, a rose-colored flower and the one used here.  'Excellent' is a soft yellow with light rose blush and a contrasting red and yellow lip.  The stems are sturdy and support 4-5 nicely-arranged flowers.  Fire House (Blc. Love Sound x Pot. Rubescence) blooms with 4-5 well-supported flowers in light rusty red with a darker burgundy blush/flaring - a color combination not often seen.  These will be compact plants that will produce their first flowers in 3” pots and mature in 4” pots. With plenty of yellow from the influence of Love Sound, these should produce many flowers in yellow shades with blushes, overlays and flaring of reds, burgundy or even rusty oranges. The well-supported flowers will be produced in clusters of 3-5.
3” pots $14

SVO 6964       NEW
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Star Fire 'Rubens' x Pot. Rubescent Fire 'Fire Bomb')

The parents Star Fire (Lc. Trick or Treat x Pot Rubescence) and Rubescent Fire (Lc. Spring Fires x Pot. Rubescence) have both produced excellent offspring.  This grex doubles up on the influence of Rubescence, with its dark red color, dark burgundy lip and excellent form.  Combining these qualities with the additional genes from Trick or Treat and Lc. Spring Fires will improve flower count and stem strength.  These are going to produce 5-7 well-supported flowers of good form in dark red with darker burgundy lips on compact plants.  A very promising cross!
3” pots $15

SVO 6969       NEW
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Dal's Emperor 'SVO' x Slc. Sweet Jewel 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Here is a cross I've had in my 'want to make' folder for some time.  In Australia there have been a number of crosses made with Dal's Emperor (Pot. Free Spirit x Sc. Lana Coryell), and awards to the offspring are starting to pile up.  I was fortunate to acquire several plants of Dal's Emperor, and the 'SVO' cultivar is particularly nice, with flat shape and full, wide petals.  What really got my attention, though, is the sparkling orange color and yellow lip.  This very novel color combination is also present in Sweet Jewel (Slc. Baby Love x C. Orchidglade), which carries a soft orange flower with a bright yellow lip. This cross should produce what I have been waiting to make: well-shaped orange/salmon flowers with bright yellow lips, a very unusual color combination in cattleyas.  Click on Picture to see the first flowers from this cross
3” pots $14

SVO 6981
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Picotee Flight 'SVO' x Slc. Mem. Trudi Marsh 'Sun Flair')

Picotee Flight (Blc. Horizon Flight x Blc. Love Sound) is a compact plant producing strong stems of yellow flowers with red flares.  Here it is crossed with the mini-catt Mem. Trudi Marsh, which has very cute orange-yellow flowers with yellow splashes.  These plants will mature at 6-8” tall and carry 3-4 flowers held up above the foliage.  The well-rounded yellow blooms will have excellent shape and attractive red and dark yellow flares. I expect the first plants will bloom in 3” pots.
3” pots $14

SVO 7037      
Epi. Yellow Magnolia (Epi. Yellow Magnolia 'SVO 4n' x self)

The parents of this are (Epi. Pacific Whisper xEpi. magnoliae (conopseum)).  This plant blooms with a ball of pure, bright yellow flowers. Quite a few of these have flowered already in 3” pots - yep, they grew and flowered really fast!  The flowers of 'SVO 4n' were much larger and fuller than a typical cultivar, and this plant was set aside for evaluation.  The plant has a handsome aspect and almost never produces keikis, maintaining a clean plant habit.  With conopseum as a parent, we are also seeing cold tolerance, no leaf spotting, and plants that mature at only 14” tall.  I guess you could call it a cold tolerant compact Epi!
3” pots $14

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

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