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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