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Mini-Catts

The mini-cats are plants that will stay under 6” tall and bloom in a 3”-4” pot. It is not uncommon for mini-cats to bloom twice a year. The modern breeding has developed surprisingly nice improvements where the plants are heat tolerant, produce large flowers, have brilliant colors and superb flower shape.  There is always space for one more of these in every collection. 

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SVO 7610     NEW
(Blc. Island Charm 'OC' x C. alaorii f. alba 'Snowflakes')

We are always thinking about completely new crosses, so what about white mini-Catts that don’t look like C. walkeriana hybrids?  Island Charm (Blc. Donna Kimura x C. intermedia) the flowers are white with very wide petals and a yellow splash in the center, very attractive. We have not fully tested the alba breeding potential of alaorii, so this is an unknown, and we may see some soft pink flowers from this pairing. Plants will be short - we think under 6” tall - making them mini-Catts.  How cool will it be to have mini-Catts in white or Pink  with purple or possible yellow flares on the petals?   PICTURE of the first to bloom.
3” pots $16

Blc. Island Charm 'OC' C. alaorii f. alba 'Snowflakes'

 

 

SVO 9239
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Higher Multiplier 'Diamond Orchids' HCC/AOS x Slc. Marissa Kubo 'SVO')
This is state-of-the-art mini-Catt breeding for intense red/purple flower color. Higher Multiplier (Pot. Rubescence x Slc. Pink Doll) has flowers with excellent shape and beautiful red color. Plants flower twice a year and fit nicely in 4” pots when mature. Marissa Kubo (Sl. Orpetii x Slc. Sierra Doll) has well-rounded flat flowers with intense fuchsia color. Here we are looking for superior color. Flowers will be an amazing intense red/fuchsia and flat with excellent shape. Plants will be small in stature and bloom twice a year.
3” pots $16

Pot. Higher Multiplier 'Diamond Orchids' HCC/AOS Slc. Marissa Kubo 'SVO'

 

 

SVO 9244     
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Sc. Lana Coryell 'Forevermore' AM/AOS x Lc. Aloha Case 'Ching Hua' 4n)

Lana Coryell (C. walkeriana x Sc. Beaufort) has attractive flowers in light yellow with a soft pink overlay. The lip is yellow, and some have a touch of lavender on the tip. Flowers are well-rounded, with flat petals, and the substance is heavy, making for an attractive combination. Aloha Case (Lc. Mini Purple x C. walkeriana) has flowers that look like a super improved C. walkeriana, and the small plants produce 2 large flowers. This new grex is heavily influenced by walkeriana, with a small percentage (about 12%) each of Soph.  coccinea, L. pumila, and C. luteola. This cross will give us lavender pink flowers of excellent shape from small plants blooming twice a year.
3” pots $16

Sc. Lana Coryell 'Forevermore' AM/AOS Lc. Aloha Case 'Ching Hua' 4n

 

 

SVO 9246
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Mini Apricot 'Scarlet Passion' HCC/AOS x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Mini Apricot (Slc. California Apricot x Sl. Minipet) has an intense bright red flower. The small plants mature in 3” pots and flower reliably. Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagulls Apricot) 'SVO' is a legendary breeding plant. It is dominant for flower shape, color, and plant habit and has revolutionized modern mini and compact Cattleya breeding.  We predict that this cross will have dark red flowers of excellent rounded shape with burgundy red lips. Plants will flower in 3” pots and be good growers - just a great cross! This is the only mini-Catt we also made as a reciprocal cross this year (SVO 9362), providing a good opportunity to evaluate the effect of capsule vs. pollen parent.
3” pots $16

Slc. Mini Apricot 'Scarlet Passion' HCC/AOS Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 9248
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS x Slc. Mini Apricot 'Scarlet Passion' HCC/AOS)

Little Toshie (Blc. Toshie Aoki x Sc. Beaufort) 'Gold Country' is a superb grower, with excellent flower quality and color. The compact plants bloom 2-3 times a year. Mini Apricot (Slc. California Apricot x Sl. Minipet) has an intense bright red flower. The small-growing plant is mature in a 3” pot and flowers reliably. This grex is taking Little Toshie in a new direction for us. It is a proven breeder for yellow flowers, and here it is paired with a solid red flower. We think the red will be dominant. Our prediction is for 2-3 well-shaped, flat flowers, mostly red with ruffled red lips on mini-Catt plants. As this is a new approach in breeding for Little Toshie, I am anxiously waiting to see the first plants flower!
3” pots $16

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Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS Slc. Mini Apricot 'Scarlet Passion' HCC/AOS

 

 

SVO 9262
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Denis Roessiger 'Xmas Candy' x Pot. Mem. Cristina Montero 'SVO Sparkle')

Denis Roessiger (Pot. Golden Circle x Slc. Angel Eyes) has very round flowers. They are red veined in darker red, while the lip has a beautiful shape and a bright yellow throat. This very attractive hybrid blooms twice a year. Mem. Cristina Montero (Pot. Hisako Jewel x Slc. Cosmic Delite) has bright red flowers with yellow veins on the petals. It is a petite plant - just 5” tall - and flowers twice a year.  This cross is expected to bloom twice a year with well-rounded red flowers flared in red and yellow.
3” pots $16 

Pot. Denis Roessiger 'Xmas Candy' Pot. Mem. Cristina Montero 'SVO Sparkle'

 

 

SVO 9264
Pot. Memoria Alida Laboy (Pot. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Ever since we flowered the first of these several years ago, I have wanted to remake this cross. Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form. The shapely, solid dark red flowers and darker red lip of Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagulls Apricot) give the flowers of this hybrid excellent shape and a rich red color. These look like a superior Virginia Dickey with larger flowers on plants 6-7" tall. This is a proven cross and well worth having.
3” pots $16

Pot. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 9266
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Ruby Delight 'D.O' x Slc. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS)

When Ruby Delight (Pot. Rubescence x Slc. Cosmic Delite) first started blooming, it knocked my socks off. Mini-Catts with red flowers and darker red veins are so cool! Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form.  I can't wait – ok, I can barely wait - to see these bloom. The flowers are going to be red, many with red veining and some with red and yellow veining. Knowing the parents, the flowers will have great shape and be supported on sturdy stems. The reciprocal cross is available as SVO 9331.
3” pots $16

Slc. Ruby Delight 'D.O' Slc. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 9268
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Mark's Valentine 'SVO Summertime' x Slc. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS)

Mark's Valentine (Slc. Circle of Life x Pot. Little Toshie) has large flowers with wide, rounded petals and full-shaped ruffled lips on plants that are just 7” tall. Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt with sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form, while flowering twice a year. This is a first-rate hybrid, and we expect outstanding results.
3” pots $16

Pot. Mark's Valentine 'SVO Summertime' Slc. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 9281
Pot. Memoria Alida Laboy (Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS x Pot. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS)

Ever since we flowered the first of these several years ago, I have wanted to remake this cross. Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form. The shapely, solid dark red flowers and darker red lip of Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagulls Apricot) will give the flowers of this hybrid excellent shape and a rich red color. These will look like a superior Virginia Dickey with larger flowers on plants 6-7" tall. This is a proven cross and a good addition to any collection.
3” pots $16

Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS Pot. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 9315
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Beau's Apricot Gem 'Wow' x Slc. Jersey Sunset 'Red &Yellow')

This is a super pairing! Beau's Apricot Gem parents are Slc. Seagull's Apricot and Sc. Beaufort, and the parents of Slc. Jersey Sunset are Slc. Red Chili and Sl. Minipet. Although there is a lot of Soph. coccinea in this cross, it is very easy to grow. Excellent well-rounded flowers in bright red-orange. We expect these to bloom twice a year, and mature plants are easily kept in 3” pots.
3” pots $16

Slc. Beau's Apricot Gem 'Wow' Slc. Jersey Sunset 'Red &Yellow'

 

 

SVO 9319
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Virginia Dickey ' Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x Pot. Spring Blaze 'SVO')

Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form. Spring Blaze (Lc. Spring Fires x Pot. Star Fire) carries orange/red flowers with fantastic shape and a ruffled red lip. The compact plants carry 5-7 good-sized flowers held well on sturdy stems. We are excited about the quality of this type of breeding. The offspring will have full-shaped flowers in red and red-orange with darker red ruffled lips on plants that stay under 6” tall. Expect 4-5 blooms held nicely above the foliage.
3” pots $16

Slc. Virginia Dickey ' Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS Pot. Spring Blaze 'SVO'

 

 

SVO 9331
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Virginia Dickey ' Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x Slc. Ruby Delight 'SVO')

Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form.  When Ruby Delight (Pot. Rubescence x Slc. Cosmic Delite) first started blooming, it knocked my socks off. Mini-Catts with red flowers and darker red veins are so cool! I can't wait – ok, I can barely wait - to see these bloom. The flowers are going to be red, many with red veining and some with red and yellow veining. Knowing the parents, the flowers will have great shape and be supported on sturdy stems. The reciprocal cross is available as SVO 9266.
3” pots $16

Slc. Virginia Dickey ' Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS Slc. Ruby Delight 'SVO'

 

 

SVO 9333
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Pot. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS)

Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x Lc. Little Dipper) has been in our breeding program for over 20 years and created many successful crosses. Just recently, I realized how good a parent it is: dominant for flaring, flat petals, good flower size, reduced plant stature, and ease of growth. Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form. This is expected to be a new class of flared mini-Catts, with the flowers having the traditional flared look, but the plants will be smaller. Sturdy stems will hold 3-4 flowers in colors of red and red-rose with yellow splashed petals.
3” pots $16

Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS Pot. Virginia Dickey 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 9338
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Circle of Angels 'SVO' x Pot. Laszlo's Spark 'Plug Tray Flare')

Circle of Angels (Slc. Angel's Dream x Pot. Golden Circle) has large flowers that don't look like they belong on a mini-Catt! The ruffled petal margins are usually reserved for standard Cattleyas. Laszlo's Spark (Slc. Mem. Trudi Marsh x Pot. Sunrise Fantasy) has red flowers, and the petals have pronounced red veins over a yellow center. It got its cultivar name by flowering in the plug tray! Here we are looking to keep the flower size of Circle of Angels and add in the color of Laszlo's Spark. We think it's going to work! The plants are showing good growth habits and will be quick to bloom in 3” pots.
3” pots $16

Pot. Circle of Angels 'SVO' Pot. Laszlo's Spark 'Plug Tray Flare'

 

 

SVO 9362     
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS x Sl. Mini Apricot 'Scarlet Passion' HCC/AOS)

The breeding value of Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagulls Apricot) 'SVO' is legendary. It imparts excellent flower shape, color, and plant habit, revolutionizing modern mini and compact Cattleya breeding. Mini Apricot (Slc. California Apricot x Sl. Minipet) blooms on a tiny plant just 4” tall, with flowers an intense neon orange red. Breeding of this type has been well explored at SVO. These plants will be 4-6” tall with 1-2 flowers per stem in intense red tones with excellent round shape. These are really nice solid red mini-Catt flowers.This is the only mini-Catt we also made this year as a reciprocal cross (SVO 9246), providing a good opportunity to evaluate the effect of capsule vs. pollen parent.
3” pots $16

Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS Sl. Mini Apricot 'Scarlet Passion' HCC/AOS

 

 

SVO 9368
Slc. NEW HYBRID (L. alaorii f. alba 'Snowflakes' x Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

L. alaorii is a very small plant, standing just 2.5” tall. Plants flower 2-3 times a year. Considering the plant size, the flower is large, at 1.5” across, with a tubular lip that encircles the column. Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x Lc. Little Dipper) has been in the SVO breeding program for over 20 years and has been used in a number of successful crosses. Just recently, I realized how good a parent it is: dominant for flaring, flat petals, good flower size, reduced plant stature, and ease of growth. I am pretty sure this is a first for breeding with L. alaorii: crossing it with a flared flower. We are hoping to bloom micro-mini-Catts, many with flared petals.
3” pots $16

L. alaorii f. alba 'Snowflakes' Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' HCC/AOS

 

 

SVO 9405     NEW
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle' 4n x Slc. Denis Roessiger 'Diamond Orchids')

Beaufort (Soph. coccinea x C. luteola) has been a highly successful parent for breeding mini and compact sized Cattleyas. In this cross, its influence on the offspring will be to reduce plant size, reinforce the twice-a-year blooming habit, and assure well-rounded flower shape. The flowers of Denis Roessiger (Pot. Golden Circle x Slc. Angel Eyes) are very round and red, and the lip has a beautiful shape. As a bonus, it also blooms twice a year. You can almost guarantee flowers with well-rounded shape in colors from red to orange/ yellow, with some having flares! Plants will grow well and flower twice a year. This cross is similar to SVO 9240.
3” pots $16

Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle' 4n Slc. Denis Roessiger 'Diamond Orchids'

 

 

SVO 9421
Slc. Itsy Bitsy (Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle' 4n x L. alaorii 'SVO II')

Beaufort (Soph. coccinea x C. luteola) has been a highly successful parent. It's dominant for yellow color, well-rounded flower shape, small plant size and a twice-a-year blooming habit. L. alaorii is a very small plant, standing just 2.5” tall, but flowering 2-3 times a year. Considering the plant size, the flower is large, at 1.5” across, with a tubular lip encircling the column. The cultivar 'SVO II' is our best, producing surprisingly nice offspring with full shape and the tubular lip that we are looking for in this cross. Plants from this cross will be micro-mini-Catts, staying under 3” tall!  The flowers will be yellow with yellow lips and a red spot in the throat, flowering twice a year. We also have the reciprocal cross (SVO 9437), giving you a rare opportunity to evaluate the difference between capsule vs. pollen parents.  PICTURE
3” pots $16 

Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle' 4n L. alaorii 'SVO II'

 

 

SVO 9429     
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Virginia Dickey ' Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x L. rupestris 'Orchid Eros' HCC/AOS)

Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form. The rupicolous Laelia rupestris blooms with 5-6 dark lavender flowers on 14” tall inflorescences. The plants are compact growers, with each pseudobulb tight against the others. We are expecting the flower size, shape, and plant size to be similar to Virginia Dickey. The big difference will be flower color, count and stem length. These should carry 4-5 purple flowers on a 5-6” long stem. Super cute!  
3” pots $16

Slc. Virginia Dickey ' Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS L. rupestris 'Orchid Eros' HCC/AOS

 

 

SVO 9437
Slc. Itsy Bitsy (L. alaorii 'SVO II' x Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle' 4n)

L. alaorii is a very small plant, standing just 2.5” tall, but flowering 2-3 times a year. Considering the plant size, the flower is large, at 1.5” across, with a tubular lip encircling the column. The cultivar 'SVO II' is our best, producing surprisingly nice offspring with full shape and the tubular lip that we are looking for in this cross. Beaufort (Soph. coccinea x C. luteola) has been a highly successful parent. It's dominant for yellow color, well-rounded flower shape, small plant size and a twice-a-year blooming habit. Plants from this cross will be micro-mini-Catts, staying under 3” tall!  The flowers will be yellow with yellow lips and a red spot in the throat, flowering twice a year. We also have the reciprocal cross (SVO 9421), giving you a rare opportunity to evaluate the difference between capsule vs. pollen parents. PICTURE
3” pots $16 

L. alaorii 'SVO II' Sc. Beaufort 'Big Circle' 4n

 

 

SVO 9438
Lc. NEW HYBRID(L. alaorii 'SVO II' x C. luteola 'Yes a 4n')

Here's something you don't see every day - a new primary hybrid. L. alaorii is a very small plant standing just 2.5” tall. The plants flower 2-3 times a year, and considering the plant size, the flower is large at 1.5” across with a tubular lip encircling the column.  We have made several successful crosses with alaorii, producing surprisingly nice offspring with full shapes and tubular lips. This luteola sure appears to be a 4n: it blooms with 3-5 yellow flowers and is about 5” tall. The expectation is for yellow flowers with possibly 3 per inflorescence. It will be interesting to see the alaorii influence on flower shape and whether the offspring will bloom more than once a year. Plants will be 3-4” tall with flowers 2-2.5” across.
3” pots $16

L. alaorii 'SVO II' C. luteola 'Yes a 4n'

 

 

SVO 9439
Lc. Mem. Alberto Wenzel (C. schroederae 'SVO' AM/AOS x L. alaorii f. alba 'Snowflakes')

I first saw this cross from a Brazilian vendor in 1998 at the Redland International Orchid Festival in Florida. L. alaorii was only described in 1989, and this was the first cross with L. alaorii that I’d seen, so I purchased one. Here is the PICTURE of it. I hate to admit this, but I lost that original plant. I realized a few years later that I can and should remake the cross, as I have fine examples of both parents. This schroederae is still the largest flower with the widest petals that has been awarded. The alaorii has white flowers on a plant just 3” tall. Based on our experience, these plants will look like small-sized labiate Cattleya plants, just 6-7” tall. The flowers will be large for the plant size and come in a soft pink with pink lips. This is a great cross and deserves to be grown by many of you!
3” pots $16

C. schroederae 'SVO' AM/AOS L. alaorii f. alba 'Snowflakes'

 

 

 

 

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

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