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- Nov 14, 2022
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These three plants were entered for judging yesterday at the GLJC monthly judging.
The first one is posted for all of you who love full sized Classic Cattleyas. It is Rlc. Sachiko Tsugawa ‘Volcano Queen’. The clonal name is not important in terms of this discussion. This clone has not been awarded previously by the AOS.
The parentage is Rlc. Chia Lin x Rlc. Haruko Kanzeki. This hybrid has one AOS award to a clone ‘Kilauea’ which was an 85 point AM last August. That plant had 6 flowers on two inflorescences. The natural spread was listed as 14.1cm. x 15.0cm.! That is roughly a 6” flower. Imagine three of them?!
This flower/plant that I show you today was not awarded. Even though the lip on this clone is a wider and more open lip then ‘Kilauea’, and it measured slightly larger overall, we decided to “pass” on it. It was just a single flower! I realize that many of you might find that crazy or odd but when there is a previous award with multiple flowers and numerous awards on both sides of the cross with multiple flowers, a single flower is a serious problem.
Once in a while we see a plant with a single flower get a flower quality award but it is uncommon. The one noteable exception might be if the flower came to judging as a single cut flower. But that is not the case here. I will not speculate on why there is only one flower. I leave that to you.
The second image I posted is of a nice Bc. Binosa that came to the judging table. It did not go to my team so I have no idea as to why it did not get a cultural award maybe. I would have to research that.
The third image is of a plant labeled as Zygopetalum Debbie De Mello’Honolulu Baby’ x Agansia cyanea. It certainly is an intriguing hybrid. This too went to the other team.
Hope you all enjoyed seeing what is appearing currently on the Great Lakes judging table!!!