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Old 01-04-2021, 07:04 PM
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They are like little gemstones and I love em. All of these are right at or under 6"(15cm) tall.

All but one of these have been grown using LEDs (first time attempting orchids under lights) and this is my first round of blooms on any of them.

Anyone have a favorite?


Cattleya Seagulls Tiny Tim,(C.Beaufort x C. cernua)
A very sparkly and very bright little thing. First bloom seedling and another spike forming





Cattleya Sacramento Ruby 'Red Knight', (C. Lorikeet x C. Bright Angel)
Big red. If you look right behind the bloom, I noticed that some of the minis were getting those black tips on the ends of the leaves. That's when I switched from my crappy tap water to R/O. Have not had any issues since.





Cattleya Tiny Star, (C. Pole-Star x C. cernua)
First bloom seedling. Very similar Tequila Sunrise colors as the Seagulls Tiny Tim, but the overall plant size is smaller as is the flower. When this bloomed the whole spike got caught in the leaf that was still closed. I had a hard time freeing it up and all of the buds and the stem were completely crunched and twisted. (three buds blasted before I got the leaf opened, should have been 5 flowers). Hopefully that's just a first bloom thing, could be a culture thing.




Cattleya Pink Pearl, (C. alaorii x C. wittigiana)
First bloom seedling. It's just so PINK and FLAT. This one is too precious and it's one of my favorites. Maybe the petals could be more round but they are still nice and full. It's my most vigorous mini Catt, too. There are already 5(!!!) directions of growth on a barely bloom size seedling. I'm really looking forward to how this looks in a couple of years. Had to take a picture of this in the sun as well.
So much sparkle and even more of a bubblegum pink






Cattleya Scarlet Imp, (C. brevipedunculata x C. cernua)
First bloom seedling. Or, not really a seeding. I'm convinced that this could have bloomed the last two years. This is my lone mini Catt that is grown outdoors. I picked up from Peter at Diamond Orchids in January 2019. It struggles to bloom (thanks brevipedunculata...) but it grows incredibly well (thanks cernua!!!). I burnt it pretty bad this past spring when, out of frustration, I moved it into high light. I think it fried in less than a day. Move down to even less light than what it was getting prior to the burn and it did great. lesson learned. And, there's two more buds coming up on the other side. This is another one that probably won't win any awards but like the proportions a lot and I adore that starry, open shape. And who could complain about the florescent color that changes from a rose red to scarlet when you move it around?
It's a keeper.
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Old 01-04-2021, 07:27 PM
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Those are all so cute, impossible to pick a favorite. Love them all!
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Thanks so much for showing them all! All of them are so nice. I'll have 1 each please! ok..... make that 3 each.

Very nice set of mini-catt flower photos. Beautiful colours and shapes.
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So adorable!!! I just started growing some mini-catts under LEDs a few months ago, I dream that mine might someday bloom like yours! :-D
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Those are all so cute, impossible to pick a favorite. Love them all!
They are Pringles. Once you pop you just canít stop. My collection leans towards species, particularly with Cattleyas, but I canít get enough of these minis. I decided I would grow them. I bloomed one. And then I bought a dozen and a half more

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Thanks so much for showing them all! All of them are so nice. I'll have 1 each please! ok..... make that 3 each.

Very nice set of mini-catt flower photos. Beautiful colours and shapes.
arenít they fun? And a dozen of these take up about as much space as two of my multi floral Paphs. Plus, most of them bloom more frequently so I guess Iím getting my moneyís worth
(Also: the spouse is more accepting of frequent bloomers taking over the house rather than when he looks at my Paph sanderianum seedling that Iíve had for two years and asks Ďand when is that supposed to do something? Before you die, right? )

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So adorable!!! I just started growing some mini-catts under LEDs a few months ago, I dream that mine might someday bloom like yours! :-D
Thank you. It wonít take long , Iím sure. I just started growing under lights this year and Iíve been impressed with the amount of growths and blooms Iíve had, Catts and otherwise. I have zero idea what Iím doing lol. Iím used to growing outdoors in the extremes. I hardly know what to do with steady conditions
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Old 01-04-2021, 11:49 PM
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had a lot of minis but then i realized that most had no fragrance! got rid of most of mine but I still have a few. very nice first blooms!
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(Also: the spouse is more accepting of frequent bloomers taking over the house rather than when he looks at my Paph sanderianum seedling that Iíve had for two years and asks Ďand when is that supposed to do something? Before you die, right? )
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Those are so cute! I love Catts, but never got any because I don't have space for huge plants. I got a few mini/compact Catts 2 years ago that I fell in love with when they bloomed last summer, and now I must add some more mini Catts to my collection after seeing your photos!

I really like that Pink Pearl, the bloom is so large and flat!
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Old 01-05-2021, 11:35 AM
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Beautiful, just beautiful. I want them all, SaraJean! My "want list" just grew. Where do you acquire your mini-catts?
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