Cattleya Arthos (Dinard 'Blue Heaven' x trianae (coerulea) '#6')

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I almost threw this plant out last year, but I gave it one more chance and it opened a week ago.

Charlesworth Ltd. in England registered Dinard in 1930 and Arthos in 1942, but Arthos was never awarded or used in breeding, suggesting that there was nothing special about the original plants. Orchids Limited remade Arthos some years ago using high quality parents, hoping for strong coerulea flowers with excellent configuration; some of their plants fulfilled this hope.

However, my previous three Arthos flowers haven’t been as nice as those on my Dinard ‘Blue Heaven’ that southernbelle most kindly gifted me. I gave Arthos one more try because I was changing some things with my culture and wanted to see the results. Now I think Arthos can stand proudly next to its parent.

This current inflorescence is thick and produced 4 flowers. While the various Dinard cultivars have all been able to have 4 flowers, I thought mixing in more trianae to create Arthos might reduce the flower count to only 2 or 3, but that didn’t happen. Here is a view of three of the flowers that were clustered together.

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Yes,love this flower! Love the color….corerulea color has always puzzled me. I have a canhamaniana (?sp)in my small collection that I hope blooms this next year. I’m curious to see it’s ‘blue’ color.
 
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I almost threw this plant out last year, but I gave it one more chance and it opened a week ago.

Charlesworth Ltd. in England registered Dinard in 1930 and Arthos in 1942, but Arthos was never awarded or used in breeding, suggesting that there was nothing special about the original plants. Orchids Limited remade Arthos some years ago using high quality parents, hoping for strong coerulea flowers with excellent configuration; some of their plants fulfilled this hope.

However, my previous three Arthos flowers haven’t been as nice as those on my Dinard ‘Blue Heaven’ that southernbelle most kindly gifted me. I gave Arthos one more try because I was changing some things with my culture and wanted to see the results. Now I think Arthos can stand proudly next to its parent.

This current inflorescence is thick and produced 4 flowers. While the various Dinard cultivars have all been able to have 4 flowers, I thought mixing in more trianae to create Arthos might reduce the flower count to only 2 or 3, but that didn’t happen. Here is a view of three of the flowers that were clustered together.

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Gorgeous lip, love the depth in color.
Curious to learn what cultural changes you implemented and if you were pleased with the results. Big changes take a long time to see the results.
 
Gorgeous lip, love the depth in color.
Curious to learn what cultural changes you implemented and if you were pleased with the results. Big changes take a long time to see the results.
A switch from LECA/rock wool to 100% LECA with weekly fertigation but daily heavy misting and careful attention to seasonal changes in temperature, day length, and nutrition. It may be excessive attention to detail, but I have the time!
 

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