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2013/14 Australian Dendrobium List

Australian Dendrobiums are bred with species that originate in Australia.  The Aussies have done an amazing job breeding their native Dens and have made significant improvements; they are very popular in Australia. 

Here in the USA we rarely see the advanced hybrids for sale.  We do see Den. kingianum and anyone who grows it knows how hardy they are.  The Aussie Dendrobiums are all very hardy.  They do well with hot summers (75-95 deg. days) and cool winters (40-55 deg. nights).  I have been trialing them all over the USA and have had customers report good successes in Florida, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, and California.  The flowers are fragrant and will fill the growing area with a wonderful aroma.  Most importantly they re-flower from the old pseudobulbs which allow for an outstanding floral display. I have seen plants produce 12 inflorescences from a single bulb over a 5 year period, now that is a nice feature!  This re-flowering characteristic makes for plants that form beautiful specimens in a relatively short period of time.

Sunset Valley Orchid is the leading hybridizer of Aussie Dens in the USA.  We have been sourcing plant material for many years and have developed a superior collection of breeding stock.  This season we have focused on yellow flowers with red marking, a highly desirable color form.

Here is the first significant offering in the USA of what our friends in Australia have worked so diligently on.   Give them a try.

 

Australian Dendrobiums

SVO 5000
Den. Starbright Vista (Den. Avril’s Gold ‘Lou Anne’ x Den. Hilda Poxon ‘SVO’)

This is the remake of an earlier very successful cross.  The flowers are excellent with one receiving an AM/AOS award for a customer last year.  These are slower to mature but well worth the wait.  Graceful arching sprays of large yellow-green flowers with red marking on the margins of the segments. 
3” pots $25

SVO 5004
Den. Hilda Poxon (Den. Hilda Poxon ‘SVO’ x Den. Hilda Poxon ‘SVO II’ )

Hilda’s have been around for a long time; they still command attention and are excellent growers and bloomers.  These are my two best Hilda’s.  Look for green-yellow flowers with red markings to be produced 2-3 times a year.
3” pots $20

SVO 5042       
Telekon (Den. kingianum s/a ‘Big Foot’ x Den. Hilda Poxon ‘SVO’)

Here we have paired a superior semi-alba (white with red lip) kingianum to the green of Hilda Poxon.  We are hoping for light green flowers with red lips; these will be exceptional.  I also expect some white and lavender colors to appear.
3” pots $20

SVO 5044       
Den. inter-varietal (speciosum x pendunculatum) Herberton ‘Thumbi’ x Den. inter-varietal (speciosum x grandiflorum) 'Mick’s Orange'

These will produce big, bright yellow flowers on strong arching Inflorescences; the yellow color forms are very popular with collectors. These plants have the ‘red factor’ in the foliage which is a good indicator for flower color
3” pots $25

SVO 5267       
Den. Aussie Parade 'Carrot Splash' x Den. Hilda Poxon 'Spectacular'

Spidery stars of yellow and red which are very collectable; just wait until your friends see these bloom!   Expect 10-15 flowers per inflorescence, these will flower 2 or 3 times a year. Very nice.
3” pots $20

SVO 5268       
Den. Hilda's Heart (Den. Elegant Heart 'Spring Time' x Den. Hilda Poxon 'Spectacular')

Elegant Heart is very popular with collectors for its color, large red lip, chunky flower size and ease of growth. This Hilda is really ‘Spectacular’ with large starry green flowers of superior form.  So I am expecting large chunky flowers with yellow background color, red-lavender overlay and spotting, all with good flower presentation too.
3” pots $20

SVO 5269       
(Den. Tosca x Den. Rutherford Starburst) 'Red Wine' x Den. Hilda Poxon 'Spectacular' 

The ‘Red Wine’ has an amazing deep burgundy color and the plant is very free flowering, producing many inflorescences per growth. This Hilda is really ‘Spectacular’ with large starry green flowers of superior form.  This combination is an attempt to add yellow-green behind the deep burgundy of ‘Red Wine’, and to bring out near to solid red flowers.  Don’t miss these as they have amazing potential.
3” pots $20

SVO 5270       
Den. Gillieston Jazz 'Steven' x (Den. Tosca x Den. Rutherford) 'Red Wine'

Gillieston Jazz has the best deep purple-red color I have ever seen in an Aussie Den.  The plant is also very compact and free flowering.  The ‘Red Wine’ has an amazing deep burgundy color, and the plant is very free flowering, producing many inflorescences per growth. This combination is for deep purple-red flowers.  The best of these will be what is referred to as ‘beetroot’ in Australia.
3” pots $20

SVO 5290       
Den. Elegant Heart 'Spring Time' x Den. Warrior 'Jordan'

Elegant Heart is very popular with collectors for its color, large red lip, chunky flower size and ease of growth. Warrior is a show stopper with its star shaped bright yellow flowers and bold red markings.  Looking to add yellow to the base color and intensifying the red markings.
3” pots $20

SVO 5300       
Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Regal Gillieston had a superb plant habit, beautiful light yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip. The ‘Daylight Moon’ is the best curvicaule available and it produces over 100 chunky light yellow flowers per inflorescence. This type of breeding makes for improved yellow and red flower color, it will also have improved stem length and bloom count. When speciosum is in the immediate background it does not add much to the plant size as this is a recessive trait however it does improve flower count significantly.   I believe this is one of the most promising crosses and it is also showing excellent plant vigor, not to be missed.  
3” pots $20

SVO 5302
Den. tetragonum 'Big Lip' x Den. tetragonum 'Dark Red Lip'

These are the giganteum type with larger flowers and darker red markings.  These two were selected out of many individual plants from an earlier cross; one has a large lip, the other almost a solid red lip, and both are big flowers.  This is a great species that does well on a mount or in a basket.   
3” pots $20

SVO 5304
Den. Australian Artist (Den. Cobber 'Violet Gold' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC)

In August 2013 I attended the Melbourne Spectacular Orchid Show and after seeing all the Australian Artist in bloom there, I was really pleased on how nice they were flowering with strong upright spikes, light yellow blooms and purple-red spotting.  They were really spectacular, making excellent display plants.  This is a proven cross with excellent qualities.  First to bloom
3” pots $20

SVO 5306
(Den. Peewee x (Den. Yondi Glow x Den. Yondi Brolga))'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

This unregistered hybrid is getting pretty complicated….but click on the link to see the picture of the flowers. Very impressive in shape and color, it also has good flower production on a compact plant.  The ‘Daylight Moon’ is the best curvicaule and flowers with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  Remember, although speciosum is in the immediate background it will not add much to the plant size as this is a recessive trait.   Expect the color to come through and improved flower count and size.   Very nice
3” pots $20

SVO 5307
Den. Warrior 'Jordan' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Warrior is a show stopper with its star shaped bright yellow flowers and bold red markings. The ‘Daylight Moon’ is as good as it gets with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  Remember, although speciosum is in the immediate background it will not add much to the plant size.   Expect the bright yellow flower color and red markings to come through from the Warrior and the ‘Daylight Moon’ to improve flower count and size.  Don’t miss this one.
3” pots $20

SVO 5308
Den. Jannine Banks 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Jannine Banks has good light yellow flowers with bold red marking and a solid red lip; it is a vigorous grower and produces lots of inflorescences per bulb. The ‘Daylight Moon’ is as good as it gets with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence. These plants will be about 16” tall, a bit more than other crosses listed. This cross will have high flower count and improved shape and from the ‘Daylight Moon’ with the good coloring from Jannine Banks coming through.
3” pots $20

SVO 5309
Den. Jayden (Den. Elegant Heat 'Spring Time' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC)

Elegant Heart is very popular with collectors for its color, large red lip, chunky flower size and ease of growth. The ‘Daylight Moon’ is as good as it gets with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  Jayden plants when mature will be 16” tall and have lots of chunky yellow with lavender overlay. If you like Elegant Heart, this is the next level of improvement.  Very nice.
3” pots $20

SVO 5333
(Den. Class x Den. Star of Gold) 'SVO' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS

This is a cross I am really looking forward to flowering.  It is as current as any Aussie Native breeding in Australia. The (Class x Star of Gold) is a rather large yellow flower with red markings on the edges of the segments and a white lip covered with fine red spots.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem, impressive!   I expect these to be good yellows with a few red markings, high flower count and chunky.  Really nice
3” pots $20

Sarcs

SVO 914
Sarc. Elegance ‘Super’ x Sarc. Bunyip ‘Forest Fruit’

Well shaped pinks with dark red centers, Elegance is an excellent breeder
3” pots $20

SVO 993
Sarc. Kulnura Dragonfly (Sarc. Sweetheart ‘#1’ x Sarc. Elegance ‘Super’)

This is a highly successful hybrid with large pink flowers and red centers with white halos. Several awards have been given in Australia on this one so far.
3” pots $25

SVO 9103
Sarc. Bunyip ‘Pale Pink’ x Sarc. Elegance ‘Petite’

Nice pink throughout segments, a few with red centers, good shape from this pairing.
3” pots $20

SVO 9117
Sarc. Bunyip ‘Salmon’ x Sarc. Elegance ‘Wow’

Soft pinks will be produced here with a few having red centers, Elegance is an excellent breeder.
3” pots $20

SVO 9124
Sarc. Elegance ‘Wow’ x Sarc. Bunyip ‘Forest Fruit’

Late blooming with well formed pink flowers and red centers, Elegance is an excellent breeder.
3” pots $20

SVO 9125
Sarc. Zoe ‘SB’ x Sarc. hartmannii ‘Dave’

Breeding the high color of Zoe back to the species hartmannii, we should get improved vigor and fullness of segments
3” pots $20

SVO 9126
Sarc. Zoe ‘SB’ x Sarc. Kulnura Dazzel ‘Big Purple’

Purple patterned flowers of superb shape; this is the breeding Aussies are looking for awards with.
3” pots $25

 

 

 

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