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Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas

In Cattleyas the ‘coerulea’ color or ‘blue’ as it is referred to, is very intriguing and rare in nature. In the early years of blue breeding there were not many known species, so breeding was limited to a few possibilities. Today, we have many species and hybrids to breed with, and the quality of blue flowers has been improving rapidly. Don’t miss the spotted blue crosses…These are a great addition for the discriminating collector.

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Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas | Species | Blooming Size 4" Cattleyas

 

SVO 7321          NEW
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Indigo Love 'Blue Friday' x Lc. Ellery Tomaszkiewicz 'SVO Blue Star' AM/AOS)

Lc. Indigo Love (Indigo Dawn x Love Knot) is a modern blue mini-Catt cross that benefits from the influence of C. walkeriana and L. pumila. It also capitalizes on the large flower size of the standard labiate Cattleya species, C. warneri and C. warscewiczii, in the grandparents of this cross. Ellery Tomaszkiewicz (Lc. Love Knot x C. warneri) is an excellent cross, with large flower size and good flower count from the warneri and small plant size with flat flowers from the Love Knot. This grex will have coerulea color, and the 3-4 flowers will be flat, well-shaped and presented nicely on good stems. Flowers will be large in relation to the plant size, and I expect twice-a-year blooming.
3” pots $16

Lc. Indigo Love 'Blue Friday' Lc. Ellery Tomaszkiewicz 'SVO Blue Star' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 7546t          NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. Pittiae '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 last two being the parents of Pittiae. The coerulea color forms of these species are very rare in nature, and acquiring select plants good enough for breeding has taken many years. This coerulea grex of Pittiae has already received 4 AOS awards, with descriptions that read something like this: “four flat flowers, petals and sepals coerulea, spotted darker coerulea, lip dark coerulea, throat yellow.” By crossing Pittiae to a coerulea leopoldii we reinforce the genetics for spotting, increase flower count and strengthen the stem.  This is a super nice and unusual spotted coerulea cross, not to be missed. The protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical used to increase chromosome count and improve the possibility that some of these will be tetraploid.
3” pots $20

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. Pittiae 'SVO Best Blue'

 

 

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

Spotted blue Catts - how cool is this? This cross adds back leopoldii f. coerulea with its super spots and good flower count to the coerulea Gaudii (C. loddigesii x C. 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 on this cross! The protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical used to increase chromosome count and improve the possibility that some of these will be tetraploid.
3” pots $20

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. Gaudii 'Harold Koopowitz'

 

 

SVO 7612       
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Little Leopard 'Nite Shade')

Leoloddiglossa has been a remarkable hybrid. It is 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, carrying 20 or more well-presented flowers. Receiving an FCC/AOS is the highest accolade a flower can get! Little Leopard (C. aclandiae x C. amethystoglossa) is quite a distinctive flower, and 'Nite Shade' is the only coerulea cultivar from of this cross that I am aware of. The flower is spotted, and the lip is coerulea, as is the column. This is our first hybrid with Little Leopard, and we expect it will significantly reduce the plant size and pass along the coerulea spots and color. Some will have coerulea-colored columns as well. A compact blue spotted Cattleya! Available with oryzalin treatment as SVO 7559t.
3” pots $18

C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS C. Little Leopard 'Nite Shade'

 

 

SVO 7661
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Minerva 'Gran Wisteria' HCC/AOS x C. Marcello Miranda 'Night Sky')

Minerva (C. bowringiana x C. loddigesii) is a hybrid of two compatible coerulea parents, and 'Gran Wisteria' produces 7-8 nicely-colored coerulea flowers with a darker wisteria blue lip.  Lc. Marcello Miranda (L. caulescens x C. labiata) is an unusual blue hybrid, and the rupicolous Laelia caulescens strongly influences the plant habit. Compact upright growths produce sturdy, wiry stems of 5-7 flowers. This cross will produce compact-growing plants influenced by the rupicolous Laelia, with sturdy stems carrying 6-8 flowers just above the leaves. Flower color will be coerulea with darker blue lips and a contrasting yellow throat.
3” pots $16

C. Minerva 'Gran Wisteria' HCC/AOS C. Marcello Miranda 'Night Sky'

 

 

SVO 7757
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. C.G. Roebling 'Beachview' AM/AOS x Lc. Love Knot 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Here is a cross between the large flowers and large plant of C.G. Roebling (C. gaskelliana x L. purpurata) and the medium sized flowers and small plant of Love Knot (C. walkeriana x L. sincorana). This type of breeding makes for medium-sized plants with larger-than-expected flowers. The flower color of 'Beachview', with its tremendous dark indigo lip, combined with the very flat flower shape of Love Knot is expected to produce shapely flowers with light blue segments and magnificent dark indigo lips. This is a new and very promising direction in breeding blue Catts.
3” pots $15

Lc. C.G. Roebling 'Beachview' AM/AOS Lc. Love Knot 'SVO' HCC/AOS

 

 

SVO 7855       
Lc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Mini Purple f. coerulea 'Blue Hawaii' 4n x Lc. Floralia's Azul 'Sandra' AM/AOS)

Blc Mini-Catt breeding is starting to produce remarkably large flowers from small plants. Mini Purple (L. pumila x C. walkeriana) is a very influential breeding plant, it is dominant for color, shape, lip color and plant stature, it also flowers twice a year and occasionally a large plant will produce a third blooming. Floralia's Azul (Lc. Memoria Jack Hayden x C. walkeriana) has large shapely flowers and darker blue lip, its genetic makeup is C. warneri and C. labiata, which are responsible for the large flower size. These plants will be 6-8” tall, the 2-3 flowers will be 3” or more across and come in shades of coerulea with darker blue lips, plus they will flower twice a year. Very nice.  This is the first plant to bloom, PICTURE ,excellent quality!
3” pots $16

Lc. Mini Purple f. coerulea 'Blue Hawaii' 4n Lc. Floralia's Azul 'Sandra' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 7931     
Lc. NEW HYBRID (C. Sea Breeze 'Fellrath's Pride' x Lc. Love Knot 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Both of these parents are coerulea hybrids. Sea Breeze (C. warneri x C. walkeriana) is quite floriferous, and mature plants stand about 10” tall and bloom with 4-6 coerulea flowers. Love Knot (C. walkeriana x L. sincorana) has very flat flowers with a darker blue lip. It regularly flowers twice a year, and its small plant stature makes it a mini-Catt. Here we are counting on Love Knot to flatten the flower and darken the lip color, and Sea Breeze to impart flower size and flower count. These plants, when mature, will be 6-8” tall and have 3-4 nice-sized coerulea flowers.  A very nice new coerulea hybrid. Available with oryzalin treatment as SVO 7931t.
3” pots $15

C. Sea Breeze 'Fellrath's Pride' Lc. Love Knot 'SVO' HCC/AOS

 

 

SVO 7931t           NEW
(C. Sea Breeze 'Fellrath's Pride' x Lc. Love Knot 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Both of these parents are coerulea hybrids. Sea Breeze (C. warneri x C. walkeriana) is quite floriferous, and mature plants stand about 10” tall and bloom with 4-6 coerulea flowers. Love Knot (C. walkeriana x L. sincorana) has very flat flowers with a darker blue lip. It regularly flowers twice a year, and its small plant stature makes it a mini-Catt. Here we are counting on Love Knot to flatten the flower and darken the lip color, and Sea Breeze to impart flower size and flower count. These plants, when mature, will be 6-8” tall and have 3-4 nice-sized coerulea flowers.  A very nice new coerulea hybrid. The protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical used to increase chromosome count and improve the possibility that some of these will be tetraploid. Available without oryzalin treatment as SVO 7931.
3” pots $20

C. Sea Breeze 'Fellrath's Pride' Lc. Love Knot 'SVO' HCC/AOS

 

SVO 7935  
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Pittiae 'SVO Blue Spots')

Leoloddiglossa was a significant development in coerulea flowers with blue spots, and 'SVO Speckled Blue' earning an FCC/AOS acknowledged the flower quality and plant vigor of this cultivar. Pittiae (C. loddigesii x C. schilleriana) produces rather large coerulea flowers on a 10” tall plant. Although the flowers are sparsely spotted, the potential for passing on its spotted ancestry is good. This hybrid will exhibit the exceptional qualities of the coerulea spotted species in its background: C. loddigesii, C. amethystoglossa, C. schilleriana and C. leopoldii.  Plants will mature at 10-12” tall and bloom with 7-10 large, spotted blue flowers displayed above the foliage. This cross is highly recommended and represents the leading edge in blue spotted breeding.
3” pots $18

C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS C. Pittiae 'SVO Best Blue'

 

 

SVO 7941         NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Gaudii 'SVO Blue Spots')

Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' has excellent shape and coerulea color, and it carries 20 or more well-presented flowers. There are three Cattleya species represented here: leopoldii, loddigesii, and amethystoglossa. Crossing this exceptional plant with Gaudii (leopoldii x loddigesii) will reinforce the traits from the parent species, making these look a lot like super Gaudii with larger flowers showing deep color and darker spots.
3” pots $18

C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS C. Gaudii 'SVO Blue Spots'

 

 

SVO 7950
C. Mareeba Tiger f. coerulea (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. schilleriana f. coerulea '4 x Blue Spots')

How about Mareeba Tiger in the coerulea color form??!! This cross combines the high flower count (15-25 per stem) of C. leopoldii with 4-5 blooms per stem of C. schilleriana. This is a grex that I believe will bloom with 7-12 flowers or possibly more. The blooms will be a light coerulea with darker spotting and a broad blue lip, and they also should be fragrant. Like a super floriferous blue schilleriana! Here is your chance to get something great!! Available with oryzalin treatment as SVO 7527t.
3” pots $18

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. schilleriana f. coerulea '4 x Blue Spots'

 

 

SVO 7957
C. Pittiae f. coerulea (C. loddigesii f. coerulea 'Darkest Blue' x C. schilleriana f. coerulea '4 x Blue Spots' )

Here we are breeding for spotted blues! This primary hybrid is similar to C. Brabantiae (C. loddigesii x C. aclandiae). Expect improved flower count due to the influence of C. schilleriana. The plants are showing clear green foliage with a slight gray cast on the developing sheaths, indicators of the desired coerulea flower colors. These will be outstanding and extremely collectable. Do not miss out on these!
3” pots $18

C. loddigesii f. coerulea 'Darkest Blue' C. schilleriana f. coerulea '4 x Blue Spots'

 

 

SVO 7958
C. Gaudii f. coerulea (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. loddigesii f. coerulea 'Darkest Blue')

Coerulea color forms of bifoliate cattleyas are rare, and these first hybrids are turning out to be spectacular! I first offered C. Gaudii f. coerulea in 2013, and here is the description I wrote then: “In the past this grex was called C. Hybrida when C. leopoldii was considered C. guttata. This will be the most desirable as they will be coerulea blue!  Bifoliate coerulea flowers are very rare and collectable with the most desirable having blue spots. Mature plants will have heads of 10 or more blue flowers. The first use of coerulea parents in this grex. Don't miss out on these.” Those plants sold out in just a few weeks, and it's been a long wait to produce another batch. Those first plants from 2013 bloom with strong stems of 9-11 flowers in a beautiful shade of coerulea blue with darker spotting. I expect similarly excellent results from this remake.
3” pots $16

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. loddigesii f. coerulea 'Darkest Blue'

 

 

SVO 8041         NEW
C. Laura Newton (C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Interglossa f. flamea coerulea 'SVO')

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 shape and color, and well-presented flowers. These are very robust plants and already are showing an excellent growth habit. The best of these are going to be very special! Do NOT miss out on this one.
3” pots $16

C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS C. Interglossa f. flamea coerulea 'SVO'

SVO 8167       
Lc. Mini Blue Star (Lc. Mini Purple f. coerulea '4N' x Lc. Cornelia f. coerulea 'Floralia')

This line of breeding produces surprisingly large flowers - often up to 4” across - on plants only 6-7” tall.  Mini Purple (C. walkeriana x L. pumila) has great color and flowers several times a year. Cornelia (C. labiata x L. pumila) has excellent flower size on a small plant, with beautiful coerulea color and a darker coerulea lip. Here we will have 3-4” coerulea flowers with darker coerulea lips on plants just 6-7” tall. Plants will start to flower in 3” pots. Check out these first to bloom! PICTUREPICTURE
3” pots $16

Lc. Mini Purple f. coerulea '4N' Lc. Cornelia f. coerulea 'Floralia'

 

 

 

 

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

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