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Which Cattleya to buy?

This is a discussion on Which Cattleya to buy? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently went to an orchid show, and while I'm generally not a fan of ...

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    Cool Which Cattleya to buy?

    I recently went to an orchid show, and while I'm generally not a fan of the super-floufy, ruffly Cattleyas, they had some there that were SO BIG they were just jaw-droppingly beautiful. So now I'm on the hunt for a catt with a really large, full flower. Any recommendations?

    I should probably narrow it down a bit...

    I want something with really full flowers, but not tons of ruffles...fragrant if possible, and in the cooler color family of purple/coerulea/pink/white...even reds and yellows are fine...I'm just not a huge fan of the classic "sunset" catt that has the red-yellow-orange combo.

    I've also been trying to decide between buying a Blc Lester MacDonald or a Blc Greenwich 'Elmhurst.' I know I definitely want to get one of these gorgeous green types, but I can't decide which. I think I like the shape of the Lester MacDonald a bit more...does anyone have any advice as to which might be a better catt?

    Oh, and of course...help me find some biggies, please!! I've been buying strictly compact-growers, but now I want a huge, showstopping flower (and I'm willing to make space for such a thing).

    I'd love to hear your recommendations!!

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    Though it may not be exactly what you are looking for, check out Laelia jongheana. Gorgeous large flowers on a compact plant. I have one that's been a great grower...too young to bloom so I can't speak of its ease in that respect.
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    Keep in mind that the big cattleyas can take up a lot of room and require a lot of light. There are several cultivars of Blc Memoria Crispin Rosales. It's a magnificent large flower and the pseudobulbs have a nice upright growth habit, at least mine does. It can become a huge plant.

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    There are so many great classic Cattleyas. I have limited room but I always keep as many as possible. One of my favorites is C. Bow Bells. Bow Bells has a regal classic look, an interesting history and a wonderful fragrance. The flowers are large and the plant size is what I would call a large compact. I waited for Jeff to post because he grows magnificent classic Cattleyas.

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    Mabuhay!

    Just follow your heart....as long as it is not in your collection...buy it. please wait 2 seconds for an uncompressed image, or press Ctrl+F5 for original quality page

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    Both are great, I would suggest Rlc. Greenwich! The form can also be really good too. Gotta love the smell! There are many great classic catts out there though! Just see which one grabs you heart!

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    I want an EPlC ! Epilalielcattleya ..if I even spelled that correctly haha. I hope u get the perfect huge flower your after!
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    Orchid baby i may be deviding my EPLC banana split shortly after it blooms, ill throw you on the division list and pm you if there enough to have you on this division

    actually its only a Catcylaelia sorry, i have a Leaf Hopper that will be divided in a couple months

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    wow...so many nice ones to chose from
    Have you seen
    Blc. Pamela Hetherington
    Blc. Dr. Joe Walker (great rose fragrance)
    C. Penang 'Black Caesar'
    Blc. George King 'Southern Cross' (may be too sunset for you but I ove this one)

    An old classic green is Blc. Memoria Helen Brown

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    I like Tuckers suggestion I have a Blc Memoria Crispin Rosales variety and they are a nice flower and scent and the growth is upright, I have a Dean Martin 'Gigas' which blooms a very nice purple and excellent scent but the gowth is very sloppy and sprawling, there is alot to choose from have fun looking

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