Hybrid seedling plant in a 50mm tube.
Spring Fires (Lc. Fires of Spring x Lc. Fire Island) has strong upright stems carrying 5-9 red/orange flowers with darker red lips. It is proving to be an excellent parent, with dominance for colour, strong stems and bloom period. Virginia Dickey (Slc. Pink Doll x Sl. Pole-Star) is a darling mini-Catt. Plants flower twice a year in 3” pots and have sturdy stems holding 2-3 bright red flowers of superior form. My gut is telling me this is going to be a good cross. The standard-sized plant of Spring fires is crossed with the mini plant of Virginia Dickey will make the plant about 8 tall, expect 5-6 red flowers with darker red lips to be displayed above the foliage. As I am writing this I went to the Greenhouse and re-made this cross again.
Imported Seedling from Sunset Valley Orchids, USA. The picture shows the parents of this cross. The above description details the expectation of this hybrid.
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