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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 6986
(Blc. Waianae Leopard 'Chin Hua' HCC/AOS x Lc. Jalapa 'SVO' Select' 4n)

Developing burgundy spotted red flowers is one of the recent breeding goals for SVO. Waianae Leopard is a showy, densely clustered group of spotted flowers well held on a strong stem.  Jalapa (C. leopoldii x L. milleri) produces strong stems of 15 or more well held blooms well above the foliage in deep red with dark maroon spots on compact plants 12” tall.  This breeding will produce flowers on strong upright stems in deep reds with dark maroon spots, plants will be floriferousness and have compact closely-spaced bulbs thanks to the influence of L. milleri ancestor.  This is a good opportunity to acquire plants with that “new look in Cattleya flowers”
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 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 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 7191     
C. Fascelis (C. bicolor f. alba 'Green Goddess' 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. 
3” pots $15

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 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 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 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. Check out the PICTURE   This makes us happy!
3” pots $14

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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