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Brassocattleya Maikai 'Louise' AM/AOS Size L


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Size L

Hot to Warm Full Sun to Bright Light Plentiful watering Drying btween watering High humidity

This is Bc. Maikai "Louise" AM/ AOS, an incredibly rich blooming orchid.
Brassocattleya (Bc.) Maikai 'Louise' AM/AOS = Brassavola (B.) nodosa X Cattleya (C.) bowringiana, primary hybrid crossed by Hirose and registered in 1944.
Also found the information that the clones "Lea" and "Luise" are non fading clones, while "Mayumi" fades and produces blooms that can have several shades of flowers and will eventually turn white, right before they fall off.
One remarkable detail is that the back of the petals is more colorful than the front.
Brassocattleya Maikai is an intergeneric hybrid, a cross between Brassavola nodosa and Cattleya bowringiana. The Cattleya, the pollen parent, lends the hybrid its lavender color; the Brassavola, the seed parent, donated its fragrance, the shapes of the leaves, and its spots. (The spots are seldom noticed on the white flowers of the Brassavola.) Maikai is a fall to winter bloomer; the photographed plant usually blooms mid-November through the end of December.
Orchid hybridizing is not as simple as removing the pollen from one plant and placing it on the pistil of another. Orchids to be crossed usually must be in the same alliance, that is, genetically compatible by having the same number of chromosomes. Both Brassavola and Cattleya are in the Cattleya alliance. Of course, whenever dealing with genetic compatibilities, there are always exceptions to the rule and even some closely related orchids are not genetically compatible.
In the 1930s, Mr. Y. Hirose began importing species orchids into Hawaii. Through World War II, he continued building his nursery and stock of orchids, and tried his hand at hybridizing. By 1942, the Hirose Nursery in Hilo was shipping flowers and plants by air. In 1944, Hirose listed Brassocattleya Maikai with the International Orchid Register. By the end of the war, Hawaii had a new crop, orchids, added to all the other tropical crops like sugar, pineapples, and bananas.
(Compiled from: A History of the Orchid, Merle A. Reinikka, Timber Press, Portland Oregon, 1995; Orchids, Their Botany and Culture, Alex D. Hawkes, Harper & Row, New York, 1961; and "Hints on Hybridizing Orchids", Todd Boland, The Journal of the Canadian Orchid Congress, Vol. 6, No. 2, March 1994)

Preferred technology for cultivation: semi-hydroponic

Solution: a semi-hydroponic solution based on nutritional systems Flora Series

Media: Hydroton expanded clay pellets

Usually, we send the plants with bare roots. If you want to get them planted - it is necessary to pay a substrate.: substrate in pot
  • Model: L
  • Shipping Weight: 800lbs
  • 2 Units in Stock

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 19 June, 2015.


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