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Vista, CA 92081

fred.clarke@att.net

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Cattleya Species

Collecting select and awarded Cattleya species has been a passion of mine for many years. The collection now contains over 700 selected plants!  Recently, I started breeding the “best of the best” in an effort to provide these superior and often hard to find Cattleya species available for the hobbyist.

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SVO 7583     
C. leopoldii (C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS x C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder' 4N)

I have been collecting and growing leopoldii for at least 25 years, and over that time I have flowered many plants in every conceivable color form: typo, alba, semi-alba, coerulea, no spots, flamea, peloric. Even one plant with 52 flowers, the most anyone I know has ever heard of.  I have decided to start breeding these superior plants to make the next generation widely available. 'Paul' is the classic form and color, and the AM/AOS speaks to its quality. 'SVO Dark Wonder' is exceptional, with full shape and very heavy substance. Great potential here!
3” pots $16

C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4N'

 

 

SVO 7702       
B. perrinii (B. perrinii 'Ruben 25' x B. perrinii 'SVO 15')

B. perrinii 'Ruben's 25' flowers with 25 blooms on a single stem, and 'SVO 15' carries up to 15 flowers. These plants are siblings, and both have exceptionally high flower counts, considering that this species usually blooms with 8-9 flowers per stem. When unusually high flower counts appear, it is often best to self the plant. In this case we made a sibling cross, since 'SVO 15' had significantly better shape and a large lip (unfortunately I did not take a picture of 'SVO 15').  These are excellent when grown mounted or in hanging baskets. They grow well in the heat and humidity of summer and prefer to keep their roots dryer in winter. A must-have for you Brassavola collectors!

Mounted $30

B. perrinii 'Ruben 25' B. perrinii 'SVO 15'

 

 

SVO 7740       
C. walkeriana (C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS x C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n)

'The Chairman' has an impressive flower with wide rounded petals, and 'SVO Whopper' is just as impressive, with flat-as-can-be flowers having excellent substance. The reciprocal cross is available as SVO 7742, and this is a rare opportunity to evaluate the differences imparted by the capsule and pollen parents. A top-quality pairing!
3” pots $18  

C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n

 

 

SVO 7741       
C. walkeriana (C. walkeriana 'SVO's Passion' 4n AM/AOS x C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS)

'SVO's Passion' is exceptionally nice, with flat, full flowers. 'The Chairman' has a stunning flower with wide rounded petals. This is as good as it gets!
3” pots $18

C. walkeriana 'SVO's Passion' 4n AM/AOS C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS

 

  

SVO 7742       
(C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n x C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS)

'SVO Whopper' has an impressive flat-as-can-be flower with excellent substance, and 'The Chairman' has an equally impressive flower with wide rounded petals. The reciprocal cross is available as SVO 7740, and this is a rare opportunity to evaluate the differences imparted by the capsule and pollen parents. A top-quality pairing!
3” pots $18  

C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 7756        NEW SPECIAL OFFERING
Diacm. bicornutum (Diacm. bicornutum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Diacm. bicornutum 'The Virgin'

Recent nomenclature changes have now reclassified this as Caularthron (Caul.) bicornutum.  On a trip to Trinidad and Tobago not too long ago I was reminded of my fascination with Caul. bicornutum. In the early 1990’s I made many first, second and a few third-generation hybrids with this species. I collected many good examples for breeding, and ‘SVO’ and ‘The Virgin’ are among the best, with excellent flower size and shape as well as high flower count. I am pleased to offer these, as they have become quite rare in collections.  Growing bicornutum well requires that the roots dry out between waterings. Best results are obtained by using very coarse potting media or growing them in a hanging basket. In nature, the wet season is May through October, and plants should be watered and fertilized frequently during this period. From November through April, water about half as frequently as other plants to assure root survival and maintain humidity at 50%. Repotting should only be done in the spring with the onset of new root growth. If you are a Cattleya species grower, these are a must-have.
3” pots $30

Diacm. bicornutum 'SVO' AM/AOS Diacm. bicornutum 'The Virgin'

 

SVO 7826       
C. walkeriana (C. walkeriana 'Marvin Davis' x C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' AM/AOS)

This cross was made by a good friend who was very excited about the floral qualities of his plant 'Marvin Davis'. When he saw 'The Chairman' in bloom, he asked for pollen, and 3 years later we have well-established plants in 3” pots. Excellent walkeriana breeding.
3” pots $18

C. walkeriana 'Marvin Davis' C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 7916
Prosthechea cochleata (Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine' AM/AOS x Psh. cochleata 'H&R' 4n)

Commonly known as the “cockleshell orchid”.  Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine' is without a doubt the most unusual I've seen, with flower stems that are very heavy and stick straight up like a bamboo stake that is 3 feet long!  I counted the flowers last time this plant bloomed, and between the first opening in August and mid-March there were 30 flowers, with 4 open blooms at a time, and buds to come! This is just an outstanding plant with an amazing flowering habit. Psh. cochleata 'H&R' 4n was a gift plant from H&R Nurseries in Hawaii. It came from a colchicine-treated batch of plants, and the flowers are heavier and fuller than most. The plant is a slow grower and blooms with 3-5 open flowers at a time on inflorescences reaching a length of about 20”.  The plants from this cross have really impressed me, and they are the best and fastest-growing cochleata I have seen, with a remarkably large pseudobulb having formed already. Plant vigor is often a sign of quality, and our motto around the nursery is “It has to grow well first and then flower well.” These plants are easy to grow, and they bloom for months on end, making this an excellent beginner's plant. For more experienced growers, this cross will upgrade your collection.
3” pots $16

Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine' AM/AOS Psh. cochleata 'H&R'

 

 

SVO 7946       
C. leopoldii (C. leopoldii 'SVO Prince' 4N x C. leopoldii 'Kathleen' AM/AOS)

I have been collecting and growing leopoldii for at least 25 years, and over that time I have flowered many plants in every conceivable color form: typo, alba, semi-alba, coerulea, no spots, flamea, peloric. Even one plant with 52 flowers, the most anyone I know has ever heard of.  I have decided to start breeding these superior plants to make the next generation widely available. The cultivar 'SVO Prince' originated by selfing the 4n meristem mutation of 'Dark Prince'.  The award to 'Kathleen' speaks volumes to its qualities – sorry, no picture.  Outstanding potential is going to be unlocked from these two exceptional parents.
3” pots $16

C. leopoldii 'SVO Prince' 4N C. leopoldii 'Kathleen' AM/AOS

 

 

SVO 7948       
C. leopoldii (C. leopoldii 'SVO Prince' 4N x C. leopoldii 'Bill's Favorite Ladies')

I have been collecting and growing leopoldii for at least 25 years, and I have decided to start breeding these superior plants to make the next generation widely available. The cultivar 'SVO Prince' originated by selfing the 4n meristem mutation of 'Dark Prince'. The cultivar name 'Bill's Favorite Ladies' resulted from the sib cross of 'Claire' AM/AOS x 'Kathleen' AM/AOS, Bill's daughter and wife. The AM/AOS awards to both parents speaks volumes about their quality. Another fine leopoldii pairing with outstanding potential.
3” pots $16

C. leopoldii 'SVO Prince' 4N C. leopoldii 'Bill's Favorite Ladies'

 

 

 

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

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