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Cymbidium Via Diablo 'Sweetheart'

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    Cool Cymbidium Via Diablo 'Sweetheart'

    I wish I could take credit for blooming this one, but at least I can take credit for getting it for a ridiculously low price! I stopped by the flower discount shop that I normally go to for $6 NOID phalaenopsis plants to rescue...and they had Cymbidiums!! I just about fell on the floor, I was so surprised. Not only did they have them...but they had TAGS!!! WAHOO!!!

    Anyway, I had to stop myself from buying up the entire lot of them. They were selling these beautiful plants for $10!!! This Via Diablo is a HUGE plant...I didn't even realize how big it was until I got it home and tried to find a spot for it in the house! Tons of foliage, and a GORGEOUS flower display. Gosh, I'm glad I didn't buy a whole bunch of these!! I'd never find room!

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    It was a difficult choice, too. I stood gaping at the Cymbidiums for a good 15 minutes before I finally decided that this one was my favorite. The lip has some incredibly dark purple pigmentation on it, which makes for a very striking flower.

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    I hope I can rebloom it...I would be incredibly thrilled to get a new round of flowers out of this monster next year! I showed my husband the tag and read the name of 'Sweetheart' to him. He laughed and said he didn't think that was a very good name for it. "It looks like a 'BUBBA' to me," he said decisively. "Yep. That's what I'm going to call it. You call it what you want...I'm calling it "Bubba."

    So, here's one more view of one of "Bubba's" flowers!

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    I'm pretty sure I'm in love with "Bubba." My son thinks it's an AWESOME plant...most of my orchids are smaller, so when he saw this, he went "Whoah!!!! COOL!!!" He stuck his nose in one of the flowers (he had to stretch up to reach it, and the flower was nearly the size of his head...LOL)...and then he declared that it smells like raspberries. I don't necessarily get "raspberries" from the scent, but it definitely has a lovely floral aroma to it. It's not enough to fill the room, though...you kind of have to get "all up in the flower's business" to smell it!

    Anyway, I don't know what I'm doing with Cymbidiums yet, so for right now I'm just admiring it. I imagine I'll take it outside when the flowers drop so it can enjoy the cool nights of spring, once all danger of frost has passed.

    Hope you enjoyed the pics of my newest beauty! My house is quickly turning into a jungle....
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    I don't know whats better the blooms, your photos or the price, lucky you

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    great bloom you got there and with flower in the picture really stands out with the white as the background. congratulation on the new acquisition

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    Agreed, beautiful orchid AND great pics.

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    So I just took another look at the name. Is the Spanish translation mean "This Cymbidium is going to the Devil's Sweetheart"?

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    Congrats! Quite the excellent price you got it for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa View Post
    So I just took another look at the name. Is the Spanish translation mean "This Cymbidium is going to the Devil's Sweetheart"?
    Hmmm...that's funny...although it doesn't make much sense! LOL Technically, if we're looking at the name of the plant, we should drop the 'Sweetheart,' because that's really just this one particular clone's name. The official name of the cross is just Cymbidium "Via Diablo." So what we really need to know is what "Via Diablo" means, because the 'Sweetheart' part of the name came afterward and only applies to this clone.

    Anyone know what "Via Diablo" means?

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    Beautiful cyms !!! Great shots - love that white background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa View Post
    So I just took another look at the name. Is the Spanish translation mean "This Cymbidium is going to the Devil's Sweetheart"?
    Okay...I did some digging...it does appear to be a Spanish name... "Via" in Spanish means "Road," or "Route" (like a highway or street) and "Diablo" is Devil. So the name of the orchid would then theoretically translate as "Devil's Road" or "Devil's Way" or "Road of the Devil." I have to admit the name creeps me out a tad. 'Sweetheart' would be a VERY odd clonal name to pair with "Devil's Road." There's also another cultivar of this called "Via Diablo 'Mrs. Claus'", which is even odder in my opinion!!

    Someone obviously wasn't paying attention to the hybridizer's intentions when 'Sweetheart' and 'Mrs. Claus' were attached as clonal names to these guys! It would be more appropriate to call them Via Diablo 'Hell's Fire' and Via Diablo 'Devil's Delight'" or something.

    It should at least have some sort of badass cultivar name, it would seem!

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    Ah, a girl after my own heart! Good job we can't shop together!! It's a beauty. Here in Australia, they grow outside. I haven't grown any, but many of my "non" gardening friends do and have great success with them!! In the heat of the summer, they put them under trees for coolness and protection form the sun. Apart from that, I know nothing! LOL Happy growing!

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