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Orchid of the Week

This week’s Orchid of the Week is… Cym. Tavatchai Thongprasert

Orchid of the Week - Tavatchai Thongprasert ‘El Retiro’ 4n
Orchid of the Week – Cym. Tavatchai Thongprasert ‘El Retiro’ 4n

Parentage: This is a cross between Cym. insigne × Cym. bicolor

Registered: 2017

The reason why it’s our Orchid of the Week:

Something a little different this time for our Orchid of the Week, and a bit of a mouthful! And I get to talk about one of my favourite subjects – primary hybrids! No doubt if you’ve read my pages you know I’m a species and primary hybrid nut……so…..

Cym. Tavatchai Thongprasert is a new(ish) Cymbidium Primary Hybrid from the breeding of Andy Easton from New Horizon Orchids. New primary hybrids are not too common these days and I think this one is pretty cool. I’m not a great fan of Cym. bicolor, but I love Cym. insigne. And the combination here has produced warmth tolerant upright spikes with loads of blooms on the spike.

I have no doubt this will become a much used parent for the next generation given it carries an alba gene, and would think the plant would be relatively compact too.

I doubt this Cym. will be released any time soon, but if it is, then will end up in my collection for sure! And although we may not have it in our collections for some time it shows what is currently being bred, and gives an indication of what we may see in the future….I do wonder how many plants Andy flowered out to get this one though!

The above plant was grown and photographed by Andy Easton. And the image has been taken from from Andy Easton’s Facebook page with permission.

Given this is a primary hybrid, it’s no surprise Orchid Roots will tell you we have Cym. insigne and Cym. bicolor here!

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