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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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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 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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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