These are plants that I exhibited that received awards from the Cymbidium Society of America (CSA) and/or the American Orchid Society (AOS). (Some of the Original Award photos courtesy of Charles Rowden, Loren Batchman and Ha Bui)
These are seedlings that were hybridized by Santy Orchids. They are being created to establish new breeding lines and hopefully improve upon the parents.
“Standard” Cymbidium refers to the large-flowered species from the Himalayas and China. These well-loved plants produce large, attractive flowers that come in many different colors. The roundness of these flowers is a very desirable trait. Even though they are tolerant of extreme temperatures, to thrive and to produce flowers, they require frost-free cool nights (below 53°F/12°C) and warms days. They demands a little more fertilizer than most other orchids.
The Novelty classification was established to encourage the development of miniature type cymbidiums, which are not necessarily miniature in growth or flower characteristics, but are generally smaller than the Standard classification. These plants have a known dwarf species in the background.
Miniature plants must have a known dwarf species in its primary or secondary parentage. The plant and its flowers have dwarf or miniature characteristics.
Peloricism is the term given to the Chance Mutation where the upper petals or lower half of the sepal petals take on the colors, patterning or structural characteristics of the labellum (the “lip” petal of the orchid).
The terms ‘feathered’ or ‘splash petal’ refer to edge markings on the petals and sepals. As though painted on by a brush, they are strikingly different from other orchids that are of a singular color. The ‘splashing’ from the flower’s lip onto it’s petal is referred to as peloria. The color range available is endless, including combinations of lavender, green, purple, yellow & orange, forming explosions of color. All this glorious color, in these orchids only bloom once per year, but well worth the wait!
Pendulous orchids have spikes that grow downward rather than upright or arching. They gracefully drop below the leaves and surround the pot.
Orchids are extremely diverse not only in color, size, and bloom shapes, but also in the way they smell. Common cymbidium orchids sold in grocery stores, home improvement stores, and florists are usually not fragrant so if you’re interested in finding a fragrant species or hybrid, you’ve come to the right place. Our fragrant orchids smell sweet and pleasant.
Plants that can be found in the wild. They can also be hybridized to their own type for the creation of variations of the species.
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I am an orchid enthusiast and judge for the Cymbidium Society of America (CSA) who specializes in growing exhibition and award quality cymbidiums outdoors in southern California. Here the weather is great for growing many different types of orchids and cymbidiums are the perfect choice. I have been collecting these plants over the past 20+ years, and more recently been making my own hybrids trying to create new and exciting varieties that combine high color and form to attract the attention of the discerning hobbyist. With this website I have provided many photos of some of my favorite orchids. I specialize in plants for the show bench as well as pelorics and splash petal/feathered varieties. I often have new plants available for sale, so visit the site for new additions in the Latest News section. Registering to this site will allow notification for special sales or auctions to those that are interested. If you are interested, register today!
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