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Spotted Cattleyas

Spotted flowers have been a favorite of mine for years. Seeing those wonderful spots in the heat of summer is a spectacular sight. Today the development of spotted breeding includes flowers that bloom in a wide range of color choices.  SVO is renowned for its breeding of yellow flowers with red spots and the new line of spotted coerulea flower crosses are not to be missed.

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SVO 6886
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Mark Jones 'Lance' 4N x C. Caudebec 'Linwood'4N)

Summer-blooming Cattleyas are always welcome during this usually slack time for blooming. This cross is going to have seriously spotty flowers. Mark Jones (Caudebec x Fascelis) has very wide petals, possibly the widest in modern spotted breeding.  Caudebec 'Linwood' is a superior tetraploid mutation that came from the cloning of Caudebec 'Carmela'.  These are going to have lots of large flowers with heavy substance, wide petals, flat shape, deep red lips and lots of spots.  An excellent choice for summer spots!
3” pots $15

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 7155t
C. Mrs. Mahler (C. bicolor f. coerulea 'SVO' x C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS)

Same as SVO 7155, but the 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 desirable.  The reciprocal cross is also available as SVO 7156t.
3” pots $20

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 7156t
C. Mrs. Mahler (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. bicolor f. coerulea 'SVO')

Same as SVO 7156, but the 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 desirable. The reciprocal cross is also available as SVO 7155t.
3” pots $20

SVO 7159
C. Mareeba Tiger (C. leopoldii ' SVO Dark Wonder' 4n x C. schilleriana 'Afri' SM/JOGA)

The best possible parents were used in this cross.  Most of us have seen C. Landate (C. leopoldii x C. aclandiae) and C. Peckhaviensis (C. aclandiae x C. schilleriana), which bloom with 3-5 very showy and fragrant flowers.  However, C. Mareeba Tiger combines the high flower count from C. leopoldii (15-25) with the 5-7 blooms of C. schilleriana.  I believe these will bloom with 9-15 huge 5” flowers.  Blooms will be nicely fragrant and dark chestnut brown with darker spotting and a broad intense magenta lip.  Like a super floriferous schilleriana!  Here is your chance to get something great.
3” pots $20

SVO 7178       
C. Krull's Spotted Angel (C. Lulu 'Hot Pink' AM/AOS x C. Mark Jones 'Lance')

Both of these parents are really nice spotted Catts.  Lulu (C. Brabantiae x C. Penny Kuroda) 'Hot Pink' is aptly named, and this cultivar carries hot pink flowers in clusters of 10-11 on good upright stems.  Mark Jones (Caudebec x Fascelis) has very wide petals, possibly the widest in modern spotted breeding.  I am really looking forward to this combination!  Expect large pink flowers with dark pink spots, wide petals and bright fuchsia lips.
3” pots $15

SVO 7181       
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Interglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Blue Splash' x C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS)

Coerulea flowers with blue spots is pretty cool, but why stop there?  How about adding blue flares on the petals?  Interglossa (intermedia v. aquinii x amethystoglossa) has coerulea flowers with blue flares on the petals and a few blue spots.  Breeding it to the spotted leopoldii f. coerulea will accentuate the spots.  Even though one parent is flared, not all the offspring will produce flared blue flowers, but approximately half will.  Look for spotted coerulea flowers with dark blue lips.
3” pots $15

SVO 7181t    New 
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Interglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Blue Splash' x C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS)

Coerulea flowers with blue spots is pretty cool, but why stop there?  How about adding blue flares on the petals?  Interglossa (intermedia v. aquinii x amethystoglossa) has coerulea flowers with blue flares on the petals and a few blue spots.  Breeding it to the spotted leopoldii f. coerulea will accentuate the spots.  Even though one parent is flared, not all the offspring will produce flared blue flowers, but approximately half will.  Look for spotted coerulea flowers with dark blue lips.  The same as SVO 7181, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $18

SVO 7184
C. Laura Newton f. coerulea (C. Interglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Blue Splash' x C. Leoloddiglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS)

Interglossa (intermedia x amethystoglossa) is a coerulea aquinii or blue flared flower, and its breeding potential is very exciting.  Have you ever imagined a flower with coerulea sepals peppered with darker blue spots and petals flared in blue?  C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' is the best of the best, earning an FCC/AOS for its excellent flower shape and color and well-presented flowers.  These are robust plants and already are showing fantastic growth.  The best of these will be very special!  Do NOT miss out on this one.
3” pots $15

SVO 7184t      
C. Laura Newton f. coerulea (C. Interglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Blue Splash' x C. Leoloddiglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS)

Interglossa (intermedia x amethystoglossa) is a coerulea aquinii or blue flared flower, and its breeding potential is very exciting.  Have you ever imagined a flower with coerulea sepals peppered with darker blue spots and petals flared in blue?  C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' is the best of the best, earning an FCC/AOS for its excellent flower shape and color and well-presented flowers.  These are robust plants and already are showing fantastic growth.  The best of these will be very special!  Do NOT miss out on this one.  The same as SVO 7184, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $20

SVO 7191t      
C. Fascelis (C. bicolor f. alba 'Green Goddess' x C. aclandiae f. alba 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Not 100% sure these will be albas but OMG – what if they are?  Alba bifoliate cattleyas?  Yep – how cool is that?  The rare color forms of the species needed to make this hybrid are hard to come by, and it has taken years of searching and selecting.  This has to be a first in Cattleya breeding.  Based on lack of pigmentation in the seedlings, it sure looks like these will be albescent.  The same as SVO 7191, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $20

SVO 7258       
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Green Emerald 'Emerald Queen Mutation' x C. Love Chance 'Green White Lip 4n')

Breeding for the perfect green flower with burgundy spots is the goal here.  My plant of Green Emerald (C. Elizabeth Mahon x C. Thospol Spot) was given to me by Mr. Kao from Ching Hua Orchid Nursery in Taiwan and is a mutation that originated from the cloning of 'Emerald Queen' AM/AOS.  The plant is 10” tall with 5-6 green flowers densely spotted in burgundy with red lips and a substance that I would describe as “rock hard.”  C. Love Chance (Landate x loddigesii) normally has spotted flower but 'Green White Lip' is just that – a green flower with a white lip, also with “rock hard” substance.  The plant has a compact stature at just 12” tall.  I expect green flowers with bold burgundy spots.  As for lip color…well… one parent has a red lip and the other white…hmmm.  How cool would it be to have white lips?  
3” pots $15

SVO 7351       
C. Aurantiglossa (C. amethystoglossa 'SVO' 2n x C. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots' 2n)

This is a different type of cross for SVO.  Spotted flowers have always been a passion of mine, and most spotted crosses flower in the summer and fall.  However, this grex will bloom in March!  C. amethystoglossa's pink flowers with pink spots and darker lip are spectacular!  Check out the picture of 'SVO'.  C. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots' is the original and very rare spotted color form.  I am expecting these to be spotted flowers, but no hybrids with the spotted aurantiaca have been flowered before.  A little speculative but potentially very exciting!
3” pots $14 

SVO 7351t
C. Aurantiglossa (C. amethystoglossa 'SVO' 2n x C. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots' 2n)

This is a different type of cross for SVO.  Spotted flowers have always been a passion of mine, and most spotted crosses flower in the summer and fall.  However, this grex will bloom in March!  C. amethystoglossa's pink flowers with pink spots and darker lip are spectacular!  Check out the picture of 'SVO'.  C. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots' is the original and very rare spotted color form.  I am expecting these to be spotted flowers, but no hybrids with the spotted aurantiaca have been flowered before.  A little speculative but potentially very exciting! The same as SVO 7351, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $20

SVO 7442
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Black Jack 'Universal' HCC/AOS x Pot. Lots of Spots 'SVO')

Summer-blooming spotted Catts are among my favorites.  Nothing like those heads of spotted flowers!  Black Jack (C. Thospol Spot x C. Love Chance) has a relatively small plant habit – about 10” tall – and blooms with 5-6 densely spotted flowers.  Lots of Spots (Slc. Katherine Clarkson x Blc. Leopard Gem) is also a compact-growing plant, maturing at 10-12” tall, with well-shaped spotted flowers presented on strong upright stems.  These will produce spotted flowers on compact plants that stay under 12” tall, and strong stems will hold 5-6 flowers above the foliage.  Flowers will be light yellow with dense burgundy spots and a bright red lip. 
3” pots $15

SVO 7527t New 
C. Mareeba Tiger f. coerulea  (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. schilleriana f. coerulea 'Good Color')

How about this – C. Mareeba Tiger in the coerulea color form!!!  This cross combines the high flower count of 15-25 blooms from C. leopoldii with the 4-5 flowers of C. schilleriana.  This is a grex that I believe will carry 7-12 flowers per stem and possibly more.  Blooms will be fragrant and light coerulea in color with darker spotting and a broad blue lip.  Like a super high-flowered blue schilleriana!  Here's your chance to get something really great!  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 highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $25

SVO 7546 New 
C. NEW HYBRID (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. Pittiae f. coerulea 'SVO Best Blue')

Blue spotted flowers – wow, who would have thought?  This cross brings together three important species: C. leopoldii, C. loddigesii and C. schilleriana.  The coerulea color forms of these species are very rare in nature, and acquiring select plants for breeding has taken many years.  This Pittiae has flat flowers with coerulea petals and sepals spotted in darker blue, and a dark coerulea lip with a yellow throat.  The coerulea form of Pittiae already has received four AOS awards, and the next generation should be even better!  Crossing Pittiae with a coerulea leopoldii will reinforce the spotting, increase flower count and strengthen the stem.  This is a super nice and very unusual spotted coerulea cross, and is not to be missed!  The same cross as SVO 7162 with a different cultivar of C. Pittiae.
3” pots $20

SVO 7546t New 
C. NEW HYBRID (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. Pittiae f. coerulea 'SVO Best Blue')

Blue spotted flowers – wow, who would have thought?  This cross brings together three important species: C. leopoldii, C. loddigesii and C. schilleriana.  The coerulea color forms of these species are very rare in nature, and acquiring select plants for breeding has taken many years.  This Pittiae has flat flowers with coerulea petals and sepals spotted in darker blue, and a dark coerulea lip with a yellow throat.  The coerulea form of Pittiae already has received four AOS awards, and the next generation should be even better!  Crossing Pittiae with a coerulea leopoldii will reinforce the spotting, increase flower count and strengthen the stem.  This is a super nice and very unusual spotted coerulea cross, and is not to be missed!  The same as SVO 7546, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $20

SVO 7548t New 
C. NEW HYBRID (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. Gaudii f. coerulea 'Harold Koopowitz')

This cross adds leopoldii f. coerulea spots and flower count back to the coerulea Gaudii (Cattleya loddigesii x Cattleya leopoldii) with its large flat flowers.  Here we are counting on the coerulea flowers to be densely spotted.  In many ways, this cross will look like a super coerulea C. leopoldii.  Don't miss out!  The same as SVO 7548, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes.  The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $20

SVO 7559       
C. NEW HYBRID (C.Leoloddiglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Little Leopard f. coerulea 'Nite Shade')

Leoloddiglossa has been a remarkable hybrid, the first highly successful coerulea (blue) flower with darker coerulea spots!!! The lineage of Leoloddiglossa contains three Cattleya species: leopoldii, loddigesii, and amethystoglossa, thus the name: Leoloddiglossa (leo-loddi-glossa).  'SVO Speckled Blue' has excellent shape and color, and carries 20 or more well-presented flowers.  Receiving an FCC/AOS is one of the highest accolades a plant can get.  Little Leopard (C. aclandiae x C. amethystoglossa) is a unique flower, and 'Nite Shade' is the only coerulea color form of this cross I know of.  Flowers are spotted, and the lip is coerulea, as is the column.   This is our first hybrid with Little Leopard, and we anticipate that it will significantly reduce plant size, maintain the coerulea color and spotting, and transmit coerulea-colored columns to some of its offspring.
3” pots $20

SVO 7561
C. Something Else f. coerulea (C. bicolor f. coerulea 'SVO' x C. schilleriana f. coerulea 'Good Color')

This must be a first in coerulea breeding.  The coerulea color form of bicolor is very rare and has only became available recently.  The coerulea from of schilleriana became available in the late 1980's when the cultivar 'Orchidglade' was cloned and widely distributed.  It is interesting to note that many of these unusual color forms are very rare in nature, and thanks to selective breeding there are many more available in cultivation.  This cross is all about the lips!  Both bicolor and schilleriana are known for their large, broad lips and these coerulea lips really will be “something else.”
3” pots $20

SVO 7564       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Jungle Hotspot 'SVO Splash Spots' x Blc. Sunspots 'Sandy' AM/AOS)

One of the breeding ideas I have been working to develop lately is yellow flowers with red spots AND red flares.  Sound interesting?   The idea took hold with Jungle Hotspot (Slc. Jungle Gem x C. Penny Kuroda), which has light-yellow sepals spotted in red, and white petals flared in purple, with an unusual purple lip.  Sunspots (C. Mark Jones x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots) has yellow flowers, bold spots and a red lip. Here we are hoping that the yellow color from Sunspots will improve the color of the progeny, reinforce the spots and still allow for some flares to come through.  This cross is a bit speculative, but sometimes you have to take a chance.
3” pots $14

SVO 7566
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. schilleriana f. coerulea 'Good Color')

The lineage of Leoloddiglossa contains three Cattleya species: leopoldii, loddigesii, and amethystoglossa, thus the name: Leoloddiglossa (leo-loddi-glossa).  'SVO Speckled Blue' has excellent shape and coerulea color, and carries 20 or more well-presented flowers.  This schilleriana has flowers with more blue spots than usual and a large, broad, dark coerulea lip on a plant just 7” tall.  The objective here is to maintain the coerulea color and dark blue spots, increase lip size, reduce plant stature to 10-12” tall and hopefully not reduce flower count too much.  I might name this cross C. Leoloddiglossiana…Outstanding potential here for compact plants with heads of large coerulea flowers with darker spots and a broad flat blue lips.  Not to be missed
3” pots $20

SVO 7567 New 
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Gaudii f. coerulea 'SVO Blues Fest')

Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue’ has excellent shape and coerulea color, it carries 20 or more well-presented flowers and there are three Cattleya species represented: leopoldii, loddigesii, and amethystoglossa. The hybrid to Gaudii (leopoldii x loddigesii) will double most of the genetic make-up making these look a lot like a super-sized Gaudii flowers but with darker blue spots.  Really nice
3” pots $17

SVO 7567t New 
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa f. coerulea 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Gaudii f. coerulea 'SVO Blues Fest')

Leoloddiglossa has been a remarkable hybrid, with a lineage that includes three Cattleya species: leopoldii, loddigesii, and amethystoglossa.  'SVO Speckled Blue' has excellent shape and color, and carries 20 or more well-presented flowers.  Crossing this with Gaudii (leopoldii x loddigesii) will reinforce the traits of leopoldii and loddigesii, making these look like super Gaudii's with larger flowers, deep color and darker spots.  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 highly desirable tetraploids.
3” pots $20

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

SVO 7587       New      
Slc. NEW HYBRID (C. Chinese Bronze 'Marco Polo' x Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Chinese Bronze (C. bicolor x Blc. Chinese Jade) was made famous by Stewart Orchids and has 4-6 very flat flowers with wide petals in an olive green with bronze overlay, combined with a bright red lip reminiscent of the bicolor parent.  Truly a memorable flower!  Katherine Clarkson (C. Mark Jones x Slc. Jungle Gem) has really nice, large yellow flowers with wide petals and red spots on a compact plant.  As plant breeders, we often test new ideas and hope for a breakthrough.  Here we are combining the flat flowers and hard substance of 'Marco Polo' with the wide petals and spots of Katherine Clarkson.  We are predicting flat, bronze to yellow/green flowers many with red spots, red lips and heavy substance.  We have high expectations for this cross.  Check out this first to bloom, picture.
3” pots $15

SVO 7591       
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Mark Jones 'SVO' HCC/AOS x C. velutina 'SVO 24')

Mark Jones (C. Caudebec x C. Fascelis) is a full shaped flower with surprisingly wide petals for a spotted hybrid.  Upright stems carry 7-9 well-arranged flowers in a light cream color with dark amethyst spots and a broad red lip.  This velutina is perhaps the most floriferous known example of this species, carrying up to 24 flowers, more than twice the number expected from this species.  The flowers have undulated segments and are bronze-yellow with scattered burgundy spots, and the wide lip is veined dark purple.  The shape, colors and sweet fragrance make this unusual species spectacular.  This is SVO's first cross with velutina, and we are hoping it will increase flower count.  Flowers will be spotted with the lips stippled in red.  Will this cross produce what I'm hoping for?  I can hardly wait to find out.
3” pots $15

303 New    
C. William Caldwell
(C. Interglossa 'St. John's Bluff' HCC/AOS x C.  aclandiae 'Gulfglade' AM/AOS)
These are pretty cool. They will have pink flowers, pink spotted sepals and pink flared petals and pink lips, wow!  This cross was made by and is the is the namesake Bill Caldwell.  He sent us some flasks to grow out.  The plant will be reduced in their size due to the influence of aclandiae.
3” pots $15

 

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

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