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 Post subject: Get ready for some "oldies but goodies..."
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:49 am 
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Here you go, kiddies: some (*really*) old-time cattleyas. All photos credit Clyde Eugene (Gene) Crocker, himself and oldie but goodie! :lol: :lol: :lol:

-Lc. Fair Play 'Mendenhall' is one of my all-time favorite PLANTS, orchid or otherwise. It is flowering a bit early, so the intensity of the color, especially in the lip, is not what it can be. The lip on some flowerings is nearly black, and it does pass that along to its seedlings. Plus...those who are fans of the nearly Damask-Rose fragrance of Lc. Princess Margaret would much approve of this cultivar's fragrance: overwhelmingly strong scent of Damask roses. The plant itself is a weed. I don't even think that months of complete neglect would even phase it.

-Blc. Crowfield 'Palm Bay'. This was one of Bill Carter's favorite crosses and was a huge lesson in breeding: advertising, publication and price have abjectly nothing to do with a cultivar's ability as a parent. The cross was made two times. The first strain used C. bicolor 'Beta' and the second strain used the much more applauded bicolor 'Green Magic'. There was no comparison between the two strains: the original strain with 'Beta' was in a full league ahead of the re-make using 'Green Magic'. In the original strain, about one plant in twelve threw a concolor green flower; to my knowledge, there were no concolor greens in the re-make.

-Lc. Christopher Gubler 'Beattie's Beau'. I thought this plant was dead years ago, but it is only partially dead (it has tested for and probably has every virus known to cattleyas). It can flower much more art-shade than this, even orange/bronze, and is also possessed of a fragrance to beat the band. This is a first generation C. aclandiae cross. Even with all its virus(es), it still grows and performs at C&H very well.

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 Post subject: Re: Get ready for some "oldies but goodies..."
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:31 am 

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Just a follow up on the Christopher Gubler. Tested within the last 12 months as virus free according to the Agdia kits, with no signs of any problems in the leaves or flowers. Using it for some crosses too...

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