26 December 2012:Oh boy, it has a somewhat discouraging name, doesn’t it? You really got to focus to pronounce that first part. The long name combos one can find in the orchid world is really an indication of how orchids can be mixed and hybridized. Brassolaeliacattleya is a mix of three different generas: Brassavola, laelia and cattleya, and is often abbreviated to blc.
I got to say that the first glance at my new plant was very encouraging. This is a rather large cattleya alliance plant, and I can only imagine how the flowers must look.
When I saw a picture of the flowers of this plant, I was immediately drawn to it. I’m not a huge fan of the pale purple and lilac cattleyas, but I’ve got a soft spot for the intensely colored ones. I like the bright yellow ones and the orange/peach ones and I do like the dark wine red ones.
When I saw my plant, I was completely taken by surprise. I thought it would be something rather small, like my ‘gold digger’ or laelia anceps. When I pulled it out of the box, I just went: Wow! It’s a monster! How cool is that. I’m looking so forward to seeing this plant grow and develop!
At the moment the main plant has two pbulbs, and is 38 cm tall.