Orchid of the Month
Slc Angel’s Fantasy ‘Solar Flare’ cross
The new addition to my collection is a cross between a Sophrolaeliocattleya (Slc) Angel’s Fantasy ‘Solar Flare’ and a Sophrocattleya (Sc) Beaufort ‘Luna Rousse’. Unlike the Vanda miniata which was my Orchid of the Month in November of 2017, this plant is a hybrid not a species orchid. This cross is a miniature Cattleya which means that it will not grow much bigger than about 6” high.
The Angel’s Fantasy cross has a beautiful bloom that reminds me of a sunset. It has varying shades of orange and yellow with small dark red marks on the lip. The bloom looks proportionately larger than it should be for the tiny plant. This particular cross has also been bred to have a strong bud stem which holds the bloom upright. It’s less fussy about temperature, making it easier to grow than a standard Cattleya; and, it should bloom twice a year.