For 2017, I am pleased to share the most comprehensive selection of Catasetinae hybrids and species ever offered. Through the ongoing process of collecting, selecting, and developing our parental lines, the quality of the breeding stock is now without compare. These new hybrids will set the standard for flower quality, plant vigor, and your enjoyment.
This year's main focus has been on Fredclarkeara breeding. This wonderful hybrid genus produces fantastic results, with beautiful color, superior shape, high flower count, perfectly arranged blooms, and highly fragrant long-lasting flowers. Quality in this genus is just amazing! To date, Fredclarkeara cultivars have received 18 FCC/AOS awards from the American Orchid Society! Remarkable statistics aside, these really are great plants: robust growers, reliable bloomers, and long-lived flowers. This is the year to acquire the best Fredclarkeara genetics ever offered; don't miss out!
Over the last few years we have been working on the development of advanced breeding lines for Cycnoches. I just love the elegant swan-shaped blooms; they truly are the most breathtaking flowers in the genus. We have been selecting Cycnoches for our breeding program using several criteria: plant vigor, flower quality, flower color, and resistance to back bulb die-off. Our Cycnoches species and hybrids have been through this selection process for two to three generations, and the resulting improvements in flower quality and ease of culture are evident.
By popular demand, we have produced a few more standard-sizedCatasetum crosses. The large flowers are really amazing! These new crosses have superior genetics and are producing some really superb flowers.
We also are continuing the successful "mini-Catasetum" and "mini-Clowesetum" crosses, including the introduction of several very promising new ones. This is a new plant form that has gained considerable attention from collectors. Besides being compact growers, these plants consistently flower 2-4 times a year!
In this list you also will see advanced hybrids using Mormodes. We have been working with these for a number of years, developing new colors and improving plant vigor. Mormodes are some of my favorite late-blooming Catasetinae. They have fantastic, twisted flowers that are really different, with bizarre bold colors and spicy fragrances that signal the end of the Catasetinae blooming season.
I've also received many requests for Catasetinae species. When breeding species, it's important to use the best possible parental stock to accentuate good qualities, especially plant vigor. This list reflects the "best of type" in the species offered. There are some fantastic things here, so please take your time in making decisions - or just get them all.
This year we are splitting the new Catasetinae catalog in two, with the first half of plants being listed now and the second half to be released about a month later. You will be impressed with the crosses in the second release.
Your Catasetinae should in growth by now, with many growers in southern parts of the country already seeing some plants bloom. Watering and fertilizing should be in full swing for most everybody. This is when your plants really put on their best growth. Increase the fertilizer to 1 level tsp. per gallon from now through August, switching back to ½ tsp. from September through October.
Remember - no more re-potting at this time, as the roots are well-developed and will resent being disturbed. If you were negligent (how could that be?) and did not get to it in time, it is ok to 'slip-pot' into the next larger pot, being very careful not to damage those important new roots.
This is when your Catasetinae can really take advantage of lots of light and air movement to help push and develop large new growth. Ideal temperatures in summer are 85-95 degree days and 60-70 degree nights, with humidity between 40% and 80%.
Keep an eye out for the spider mites, which can get a foot-hold on your plants (and they have 8 feet!). Be diligent and check the undersides of the new leaves regularly. If mites are detected, spray immediately. They can quickly get out of control if early action is not taken!
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Special Offering #1 RARE Black Orchid Monnierara Millennium Magic
(Catanoches Midnight Jem x Mormodes sinuata) (Photo shown Courtesy of Hilo Orchid Farm)
One of the few true 'Black Orchids'. We are offering a limited number of these awe-inspiring plants. Arching stems hold up to a dozen sparkling black flowers with a red flushed central column. Texture is waxy and has a glossy sheen.
Plants are deciduous, dropping their foliage in late fall with new leaves to follow in the spring. As with most plants of this kind, some lower/older leaf drop is normal at other times when season or growing conditions change. Water and fertilize regularly during the warm growing months, but reduce water and hold food during the fall and winter when plants are dormant. The current crop of these is in very early bud stage, with flowers to follow in the coming weeks. Plants are established in 4" pots. Keep temperatures moderate (65-85 degrees) and away from warm blowing air to prevent bud blast (drop).
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Special Offering #2 Standard Phalaenopsis *Ready to Bloom*
(Photo show just a sample of the colors we may send)
We always recommend these orchids as great gifts. Beautiful, long-lasting displays of blooms on easy to grow plants. Excellent for a sunny windowsill!
We have a wonderful assortment of vibrant, summery colors all in puffy bud stage, starting to open. Plants will be sent in 4" pots ready to enjoy! Due to the size of these plants, actual cost of shipping applies.
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The following Special Divisions and Select Clones have been pulled from our breeding stock and collection. Unless otherwise stated there is only one plant available of each item and all are available on a first come basis. These should sell fast so order soon to avoid missing out. All of our divisions are guaranteed to be true to name, and Virus Free for thirty days from date of shipment. Unless listed as otherwise all our front bulb division offerings are blooming size. Any divisions listed as former back-bulbs may have fewer mature bulbs but all have made at least one new growth since being divided.
If you are interested in any of the divisions in this email, please click the link below each plants description to email your request. We will respond ASAP with availability and to confirm your order. Plants are sold in the order we receive these emails.All prices listed are Net Prices and no discounts or promo codes will apply, wholesale or otherwise. Since many of these are large plants, we will ship them at cost. We have limited space and can not hold plants for long but will watch the weather before shipping.
Paphiopedilum Rossetti ‘Magnificum’ AM/AOS (Paph. insigne album x Maudiae album) If you love to collect vintage Paphiopedilums, then this is perfect for you! This variety brings new meaning to the word 'Magnificent'. The pictured plant is growing in a 7" pot, with a 30" leaf span and the bloom stem reaches 27" tall! The flower itself has a natural spread of over 5" across and is a bold emerald green. We are offering three divisions of this awarded plant from 1987, well established in 5” pots, and showing buds now. $125.00 Email to request this plant email@example.com
Lc. Golden Sands ‘Elizabeth Off’ AM/AOS (Blc. Ermine x Lc. Luminosa) This vintage offering makes beautiful, vigorous growing specimens. Large, showy displays of glowing concolor yellow blooms appear in mid-winter, just in time for show season. Division of our collection plant which is an early, true to form mericlone. We have one division in pot, with 4 bulbs and new growth. Virus free 2017. $125.00 Email to request this plant firstname.lastname@example.org
Blc. Star of Bethlehem ‘Saluda’ (Blc. Oconee x Lc. Elizabeth Off) Another stunning classic from our breeding line. Showy displays of rich purple blooms with smoldering yellow eyes in the throat. The ruffled lip is a darker plum purple coloring. Extremely fragrant! Strong upright grower, with good stem presentation. We have one in pot division from our original plant. 8 bulbs with newest in sheath. $150.00 Email to request this plant email@example.com
Cattleya skinneri coerulescens ‘Orchidglade’ This species is considered the national flower of Costa Rica and it well deserves it. This rare, somewhat compact cultivar originated with Jones and Scully, and carries delicate lilac-blue flowers. While not the fastest growing, it makes up for it with impressive stems of long-lasting blooms. We have two divisions available to be sent in pot. 5 bulbs plus new growth. $125.00 Email to request this plant firstname.lastname@example.org
Lc. Liberty Hill ‘Newberry’ (Lc. Sunset Flare x Lc. Belle of Celle) This plant has been in our collection for over forty years. Large growing bifoliate with thick dark green leaves. Huge clusters of glossy, maroon red blooms in the fall. Very fragrant. We have one large bare root division available with 6 bulbs and the new growth in sheath. Virus Free 2017. $150.00 Email to request this plant email@example.com
Blc. South Island ‘Newberry’ (Sorry No Image Available) (Blc. Campobello x Blc. Malworth) Selected from the original grex. Luscious bold yellow coloring with great substance. Thick, heavy growth habit. Lovely fruity sweet fragrance. We have one bare root division available with 8 bulbs and 2 leads. Virus Free 2017. $175.00 Email to request this plant firstname.lastname@example.org
Blc. Dickie Brooks ‘Autumn Symphony’ (Blc. Oconee x Lc. Chine) Our first ever division available from this now famous plant. One of the most unique cultivars to bloom from the original grex. Rich golden yellow blooms are overlaid with burnt orange shading and show a yellow halo in the center. The ruffled lip is a deep cranberry color with velvety texture. Extremely fragrant as well. Foliage is on the tall, slender side, and has the tendency to show a lot of purple pigmentation when grown in bright light. Plant is sent in pot with 5 bulbs plus new growth in sheath. Virus Free 2017. $275.00 Email to request this plant email@example.com
Blc. Port Royal Sound ‘#1’ HCC/AOS (Photo shows sibling ‘Mary Ellen’ cultivar) (Lc. Amber Glow x Blc. Oconee) A selection from the original grex. Deep red blooms with sparkling texture and golden lip veining. Excellent substance and great fragrance. A strong vigorous grower with breeding potential. A beautiful bare root piece with 7 bulbs and the newest in sheath for the fall. $225.00 Email to request this plant firstname.lastname@example.org
Cattleya labiata semi-alba var. cooksoniae (‘Mendenhall’ variety pictured) An exceptional fall blooming species with strong stems and lavish displays of long-lasting blooms. This rare color form shows pristine white petals with distinct purple lip coloring below a bright yellow throat. This particular variety came to us from Raymond Burr’s Collection at Sea God Nursery. A restarted back bulb division sent in pot with 5 bulbs and 2 new growths. (Older leaves are slightly yellow with an old sun burn marking). Virus free 2017 $110.00 Email to request this plant email@example.com
Laelia purpurata alba June Bride’ AM/CCM/AOS An amazing and floriferous variety of this popular Brazilian species. When the plant received its flower and cultural awards it carried a stunning thirty-five flowers. Sparkling white blooms with a hint of yellow high on the trumpet shaped lip. Smooth floral fragrance with notes of gardenia and freesia. A great grower, and perfect for specimens. We are offering divisions of the original awarded plant, originally acquired from Taylor Orchids. A restarted back bulb to be sent in pot with 8 bulbs and 2 new started growths. $135.00 Email to request this plant firstname.lastname@example.org
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American Orchid Society provides judging to New England, New York and Northern New Jersey
The Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society sponsors 2 monthly judging events at the following venues:
1) First Saturday of the month - Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA
2) Third Saturday of the month - Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, Stamford, CT
On these days, each site holds educational forums and discussions in the morning beginning at 10:30 on a wide range of topics related to orchid judging. Plants being submitted for judging should arrive no later than noon that day; actual judging of plants begins after a lunch break, generally no later than 1 PM.
In addition to our monthly judging, we participate in a number of orchid shows throughout the center, providing AOS judging as well has taking part in ribbon and trophy judging at the show.
Finally, we have many knowledgeable and helpful individuals in the center who can speak on a wide variety of topics related to orchids and judging. We encourage all of the orchid societies in our region to utilize this resource.