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    Lc. Ports of Paradise ‘Emerald Isle’ FCC/AOS; Rlc. Betty Ford ‘York’

    Deb, I know you dislike this naming stuff and messing around with Orchid Roots, but right now, the Ports of Paradise is an Rlc because Rl digbyana as one of the parents. The Betty Ford is a straight Cattleya because purpurata in the background is now C and not L. I don’t go changing detailed...
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    Another Cattleya Bob Betts ‘white lightning’

    David, I am not remembering very well the particulars of your Cattleya windowsill growing, other than you are getting acceptable natural daylight. What is your potting mix, how often do you water, and what nutrition are you using?
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    fischerii

    I think the debate cannot be settled without detailed genetic analysis and there are other similar controversies even within Phragmipedium. Such an analysis requires multiple specimens from natural populations as well as cultured and line bred populations. I think most experienced species...
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    fischerii

    When you put your fischeri side by side with your schlimii, do you see a difference other than maybe a little more color in the fischeri? Are you ready to accept fischeri as schlimii, just maybe with a little more color? Do they grow and bloom the same (including the same time of year) for you?
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    Lc. Ports of Paradise ‘Emerald Isle’ FCC/AOS; Rlc. Betty Ford ‘York’

    Many growers, including the author of the nice series on LED lighting in the recent AOS, just use 12 hours year round with success. I have looked up the natural environment minimum and maximum day length for the species I grow and can find a minimum of 11.5 and maximum of 12.5 for what I grow...
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    Cattleya labiata coerulea Natural World x self

    Could I ask the source of your plant, please? I have the same cross and the flowers are very similar.
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    Lc. Ports of Paradise ‘Emerald Isle’ FCC/AOS; Rlc. Betty Ford ‘York’

    Deb, my two plants of Cattleya Betty Ford 'York' are also blooming right now, one with a four flower spike and the other with a two flower spike. The shape of your blooms is great. I thought the Ports of Paradise would look greener? I have also decided to vary my day length from just 11.5 for a...
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    Seasonality of Cattleya species growth and flowering

    I would really like to read someone's month by month description of growth and flowering of native populations of the species (with accompanying daily light integral and minimum/maximum temperatures). I haven't seen such a thing. How much variation within a population is there? I think much of...
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    Cattleya Russell DeMoss - (schroederae x walkeriana) and coerulea genetics

    Cattleya Russell DeMoss is a primary hybrid registered in 1992 as (schroederae x walkeriana). This cross was (walkeriana coerulea x schroederae coerulea 'Blue Lagoon'), but neither my plant or maybe any from the cross turned out coerulea. Here is my flower on the currently blooming plant. The...
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    Seasonality of Cattleya species growth and flowering

    I agree that it must be the subtle interplay between day and night time temperature along with water and nutrition. I vary my day length between a minimum of 11.5 hours mid winter to 13.0 hours mid summer, trying to be close to the natural environment for most of the unifoliate Cattleyas. I also...
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    Seasonality of Cattleya species growth and flowering

    I guess I am thinking of plants like( trianae 'Cashen's' x self) that has bloomed for me Aug 2018, October 2019, August 2020, and August 2021. So far away from the December-February that is published. Is it my culture or just an unusual plant? I have a few other examples of species consistently...
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    Seasonality of Cattleya species growth and flowering

    I grow unifoliate Cattleya species as much as a biology experiment as for the flowers. I grow indoors with LED lights and have good control of day length, light intensity, and temperature. I have wondered whether the growth and blooming cycles of the species described in Chadwicks’ The Classic...
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    Four labiatas and an aberrant mendelli

    Thanks for that reference,David. I will begin watching.
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    Cattleya warneri tipo flamea ‘Star of Brazil’

    Leslie, you know how difficult it is for us to obtain good warneri from commercial sites in the US. My only warneri is a selfing of 'Claire' AM, an alba. From your pictures, top of the line warneri are the equal in form to the best trianae?
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    Cattleya Heathii (loddigesii x walkeriana)

    Sounds like flasks moved around!
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    Four labiatas and an aberrant mendelli

    You know how difficult it can be to purchase high quality species! I have a "Schuller" x self once bloomed plant, which means it is no longer "Schuller". The bloom had potential, but nothing like yours. My mendelii is hoped to be a "Stuart Low" selfing. "Stuart Low" was incredible, but your...
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    Cattleya warneri tipo flamea ‘Star of Brazil’

    Leslie, was this line bred in Brazil or wild collected originally?
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    Four labiatas and an aberrant mendelli

    David, did you get your 'Schuller' from OL? My plant has sulked a bit but is coming back. What is the breeding on your mendelii?
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    C. Sun Catcher ‘Octoberfest’

    Although dowiana is only 25% by strict parentage, the yellow really came through. Yellow is such a hard color to breed for and the lip is dramatic.
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    Cattleya Heathii (loddigesii x walkeriana)

    Same exact parents as mine, purchased from Orchids Limited, so no wonder they look similar.
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