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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 7800
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Pot. Candy Flare 'Candy' x Pot. Denis Roessiger 'Xmas Candy')

Candy Flare (Pot. Golden Circle x Slc. Memoria Trudi Marsh) has a very rounded flower shape with orange-red color and darker veins on the petals. The looks is very exotic, and the plant produces flowers twice a year. The flowers of Denis Roessiger (Pot. Golden Circle x Slc. Angel Eyes) are also very round, red and veined in darker red. The lip has a beautiful shape, with a bright yellow throat. As a bonus, this also blooms twice a year. Here we are line breeding, with Golden Circle on both sides of the cross. We expect very round, full-shaped flowers in orange to red colors, and almost all will have darker red veins on the petals. About 25% will have a central yellow splash of color in the petals with red veins on top, a look we are calling 'candy-striped.' These will flower twice a year. Fantastic first bloom PICTURE
3” pots $16

Pot. Candy Flare 'Candy' Pot. Denis Roessiger 'Xmas Candy'

 

SVO 7828
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Love Fresh 'SVO' x Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS)

Here is a different take on breeding with Little Toshie (Sc. Beaufort x Blc. Toshie Aoki) and its superb, flat, bright yellow flowers with dark red lips crossed onto Love Fresh (Sc. Beaufort x L. briegeri) with its diminutive plant habit and mini yellow flowers with red lips. This cross will produce very cute mini-Catt plants. Sturdy stems will display 4-5 bright yellow flowers with red lips. Blooms will be 2” across, and these little plants will flower easily in 3” pots. While writing this description I was so inspired that I took a break and went out to the greenhouse and made this cross again! This is the first plant to bloom. PICTURE, PICTURE
3” pots $16

Slc. Love Fresh 'SVO' Pot. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7857       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Purple Doll 'Midnight Velvet' AM/AOS x Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS)

These will have intensely-colored magenta-red-purple flowers of excellent shape on small plants, maxing out at 6” tall.  Purple Doll (Slc. Pink Doll x Lc. Mini Purple) 'Midnight Velvet' is an amazing plant.  It blooms 3-4 times a year, and the flowers have an intense magenta-purple color and excellent shape on a small plant standing 5” tall.  Rubescence (Blc. Oconee x Slc. Seagulls Apricot) is a superior breeder of modern red mini and compact cattleyas. It has shapely deep red flowers with a dark burgundy lip, and it blooms twice a year.  This will be an excellent addition to your collection and is highly recommended!  These are the first three seedlings to bloom. Check out the excellent color and shape! PICTURE,  PICTURE ,  PICTURE
3” pots $16

Slc. Purple Doll 'Midnight Velvet' AM/AOS Pot. Rubescence 'SVO' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7927
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS x Slc. Candy Sparks 'Superior Flare')

Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) is a proven breeder, imparting good flower shape, red lip color, strong stems and a compact upright plant habit. Candy Sparks (Slc. Angel Fantasy x Slc. Memoria Trudy Marsh) is a mini-Catt with red flowers and yellow splashed petals veined in red. The red veining over the yellow splash is why we call this line of breeding “candy-striped.” Here we are continuing the “candy-striped” flower look in a slightly larger plant. The proven breeding characteristics and flower colors of Tokyo Magic sure seem to be a perfect match for Candy Sparks. Look for compact plants producing sturdy stems with 3-5 shapely, red-orange flowers with red and yellow flares. I can't wait for these to bloom!
3” pots $16

Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS Slc. Candy Sparks 'Superior Flare'

 

SVO 7929       
Pot. NEW HYBRID (Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS x Slc. Candy Sparks 'Superior Flare')

Love Sound (Blc. Bouton D'Or x L. briegeri) is a proven breeding plant, imparting good flower form and color, plant vigor, and compact growth. Candy Sparks (Slc. Angel Fantasy x Slc. Mem. Trudy Marsh) is a mini-Catt with very round red flowers and yellow-splashed petals veined in red. This is our second cross for a larger plant habit with “candy-striped” flowers. The proven breeding characteristics and flower colors of Love Sound look like a good match for Candy Sparks. Look for compact plants bearing sturdy stems with 3-5 shapely yellow-orange flowers with red and yellow flares. Another one I'm really looking forward to seeing in bloom!
3” pots $16

Blc. Love Sound 'Dogashima' AM/AOS Slc. Candy Sparks 'Superior Flare'

 

SVO 7965       
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. I think these will look like a superior Virginia Dickey with larger flowers on plants 6-8" tall.  This is a proven cross and well worth having.
3” pots $16

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

 

 

 

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

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