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Catasetum NoID ( Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'SVO Sunshine' x Ctsm. Double Down 'XDPYL' )


Pure yellow lips have been a long-time breeding objective at SVO. Chuck Taylor (denticulatum x Portagee Star) 'SVO Sunshine' has very attractive flowers with yellow lips that are produced two to three times a year on mature plants. Double Down (Chuck Taylor x kleberianum) 'XDPYL' is an exceptional cultivar. Flowers are highlighted by a solid bright yellow lip and contrasting dark petals and sepals, thus the name Xtra Dark Petals Yellow Lip.  We are confident that this grex will produce flowers with solid pure yellow lips and contrasting petals and sepals. Very cool looking flowers. ( - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids )

 

Click on the images for a full-sized image in a new tab.   Plant "B" bloomed for me last year with 2 spikes each supporting 7 blooms.  No fragrance.

 

Let the fun in growing begin....

 

Plant A

 

 

10 March 2021

 

Off to a great start.

 

Since this picture was taken and my April 1st exhibit, I have seriously cleaned up the old moss.  Moss itself is easy to remove, just soak, pull at the loose threads and in a few minutes it all be removed.  I removed the moss and the original plug because they no longer sere a purpose i supporting a young plant.  My reason for tossing the moss is that I believe in my growing conditions it does more harm then good.  In fact when unpotting from the original thumbpots - I noticed that the roots avoid the moss and instead stay along the edge of the plastic pot.  If that is the plant's reaction to moss, I chose to remove it.

 

No water!!

 

Orient in growing space to provoke vertical growth.

 

Air exchange by fans. 

 

 

 

 

1 April 2021

 

A much happier and healthier orchid.

 

Plenty of happy, thick, healthy looking roots starting their journey into the clay pellets to seek out water and anchor the orchid.  Click on or tap any of the images to see a full-sized photo.  Not sure why that one root looks damaged, but one root stunted amog dozens of others is not a concern.

 

No more moss for the roots to avoid.

 

 

 

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1 May 2021

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 On the left is Plant A, Plant B is on the right.  These are next to each other in my grow space.

 

 

Plant B

 

 

10 March 2021

 

Off to a great start.  This exhibit answers a question maybe I am the only one that hasn't figured out yet.  Beneath the old spike (left on purpose) is the new growth.  I'll keep this i mind.

 

If you look directly down at a plump and healthy Catasetinae bulb (in most cases) they are not round but rather resemble a rugby or American football.  Because it is nature both sides of the bulb are symmetric.  The important thing to remember is that the spikes and just below where the spikes should emerge from, is the expected origin for new growth.  Plan ahead.

 

No water!

 

In the growing area, keep a eye on the new growth to maintain a close to vertical plant.  Rotate and position as necessary.

 

 

 

 

1 April 2021

 

Is their any doubt as to why Catasetinae fans love the spring bud break?  It's also pretty loud with all that stretching.

 

The image far left, I think, or reasonably sure, answers my question about approximately where spikes and new growth can be expected to emerge. Clay pellets look more interesting then moss.

 

 

 

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1 May 2021

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