Sunday, March 15, 2009

Orchid Craziness

Lc. C.J. Carbone x Lc. Rincon Hill. A friend brought this full size Cattleya into judging yesterday. It had a flower stem that was probably 3/4" in diameter topped by four of these strikingly bright lavender flowers with a contrasting deep yellow lip. For fans of full size Cattleyas, that's a combination that you just don't see in full size Cattleyas. Apparently, this clone has been around with the breeders for over 50 years but, so far, they have not managed to pass that bright yellow lip along to the progeny. A dead end? Maybe it is an opportunity to try other things such as crossing it with a yellow rather than a lavender. Only time will tell.

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