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Below are a small selection of famous old plants bred here at McBean’s – any available plants or backbulbs can be purchased from our shop.
Cymbidium Clauboda “Sydney Rothwell”
This orchid was registered in 1963 and was awarded an AM by the RHS. It is named after a former manager of McBean’s. He was manager during 1940’s-1960’s.
Cymbidium Astronaut “Rajah”
This orchid was first registered in 1961 and is a cross between Cymbidium Pixie and Cymbidium Balkis. It was awarded an FCC by the RHS. It is an iconic McBean’s Cymbidium with an amazing lip.
Cymbidium Pearl Balkis “Plumpton”
This orchid was first registered in 1962. It is a cross between Cymbidium Pearl Easter and Cymbidium Balkis. It comes from a long and famous breeding line.
Cymbidium Highland Hill “Cooksbridge Rajah”
This orchid was first registered in 1992 and was awarded an AM by the RHS. This is a great, old favourite among Cymbidium collectors. The bronzy colour with a velvety looking lip is very popular.
Cymbidium Gymer “Cooksbridge”
This orchid is a famous McBean’s yellow. It was first registered in 1968 and is a later flowering Cymbidium that usually goes to Chelsea Flower Show, which is held in May. It was awarded an AM by the RHS. This orchid can become a very big plant and have 10+ flower spikes!
Cymbidium Highland Lassie “Jersey”
This orchid was first registered in 1982 and is a cross between Cymbidium Musita and Cymbidium Hamsey. It is an unusual shade of pink and has a suffused lip.
Cymbidium Loch Leven “Brickyards”
This orchid was first registered in 1997 and is a cross between Cymbidium Loch Moor and Cymbidium Red Beauty. It is an unusual brick-red colour.
Cymbidium Holy Loch “Hot Lips”
This orchid is stunning. It was first registered in 2007 and is a cross between Cymbidium Loch Creran and Cymbidium Howick. The sleek light pink with that contrasting lip makes it such a fantastic flower!
Cymbidium Loch Tingwall “The Punk”
First registered in 2014 (although not an oldie but from a long line of breeding), it is a cross between Cymbidium Highland Hill and Cymbidium Pontac. Notes from Jim: “What a lip!!”