This week’s Orchid of the Week is… Cym. Belgian Snow
Parentage: This is a cross between Cym. Yamanashi Liberty × Cym. Pauwelsii
The reason why it’s our Orchid of the Week:
This week we have another beautiful clean crisp white courtesy of Horizon Orchids. Cym. Belgian Snow ‘Corona’ is a lovely piece of tetraploid breeding that carries the alba factor with an intermediate sized, heavy substance flower with about 17 flowers on a strongly upright spike.
This is a curious cross using Cym. Pauwelsii, which is the primary hybrid of Cym. insigne and Cym. lowianum. Being a primary hybrid nut, I love the cross but I don’t have Cym. Pauwelsii at the moment as I lost the plant some years back. It isn’t that easy to get hold of these days, so if anyone has one, please let me know!
The other side of this cross has a background full of great plants including some Cym Enzan’s (Cym. Enzan Liberty and Cym. Enzan Delight), Cym. Sleeping Beauty and Cym. Sussex Dawn etc.
I’d suggest contacting Horizon Orchids if you are after one of these, and I’d be interested to see how many are out there. 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.
Looking back at the species contributors of Cym. Belgain Snow, Orchid Roots will tell you we have 50% primary hybrid Cym. Pauwelsii, plus a big percentage of Cym. insigne and Cym. lowianum. Sticking to hybrids containing these major contributors in this bereeding line has resulted in a cracking flower indeed!