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2015/2016 Australian Dendrobium and Sarcochilus list

Australian Dendrobiums are bred with species that originate Down Under.  The Aussies have done an amazing job in the breeding of their native Dens and have made significant improvements in recent years.  These wonderful hybrids are very popular in Australia, and rightfully so!

Here in the USA we rarely see the advanced hybrids for sale.  We do see D. kingianum and D. speciosum, and anyone who grows these species knows how robust they are.  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 customers have reported good success in Florida, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma and California.  The flowers are nicely fragrant and will fill the growing area with a wonderful aroma.  Most importantly, they re-flower from old pseudobulbs, which allows for an outstanding floral display as plants mature.  I have seen plants produce 15 inflorescences from a single bulb over a 5 year period; now THAT is a nice feature!  A tendency to be vigorous growers plus this re-flowering characteristic make for plants that form beautiful specimens in a relatively short period of time.

Sunset Valley Orchids is the leading hybridizer of Aussie Dens in the USA.  We have been acquiring high-quality plant material for many years and have developed a superior collection of breeding stock.  This season we've focused on breeding yellow flowers with red markings, a highly desirable color form.

Here is the first significant offering in the USA of what our friends in Australia have been working on so diligently for many years.

Give them a try - you'll be impressed!

 

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.  Picture of first to bloom.
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. Picture of the first to bloom, nice!
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.  These are nice robust plants, ready for potting in to 4” pots. First to bloom picture. Same as 5669.
3” pots $20

SVO 5305       
Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Regal Gillieston has 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, producing over 100 chunky light yellow flowers per inflorescence. This type of breeding makes for improved yellow and red flower color, good stem length and bloom count. Although speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to the plant size, as this is a recessive trait.
3” pots $20

SVO 5333
Den. Golden Vista '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 Golden Vista (Class x Star of Gold) produces 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 form.  Really nice.
3” pots $20

SVO 5348
Den. kingianum 'High Clare' HCC/AOC x Den. kingianum 'Purple Star' CC/NZOC

These will be the desirable dark purple kingies everyone is looking for.  Both parents have the dark purple color, are vigorous growers, free flowering and don't keiki. These are also the smaller growing type, and mature plants will not exceed 8” tall. A word about kingies that produce an abundance of keikis:  The keikis are easy to propagate and are often widely distributed among hobbyists. There's just one problem: they usually don't flower well….. do you have one like that?   This grex will flower well with dark flowers, shapely blooms, on compact plants.  Time to upgrade!   First to bloom plant, only 18 months from flask.
3” pots $20

SVO 5655
Den. Royal Vista 'SVO I' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC

Windermere is renowned in Australia for its breeding capabilities.  This parent appears to be recessive for color, allowing the color of the other parent to come through in the progeny.  Royal Vista (Beryl Wuth x Hilda Poxon) has a surprisingly large, purple flower with a nicely contrasting nearly-white lip.  Here we expect large lavender flowers on straight upright stems. An occasional plant will have white or cream colored blooms.
3” pots $20

SVO 5661   
Den. Cheryl's Glory 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Beechwood' HCC/AOC

Cheryl's Glory (Den. Colonial Surprise x Den. kingianum) is a 'Hot/Cold' hybrid with Den. bigibbum in its breeding.  'Beechwood' is an excellent quality speciosum with particularly nice flower color and arrangement.  The contribution of bigibbum is a low 6% in this grex.  I am expecting straight upright flower spikes in shades of lavender, but some flowers will be white to cream colored with purple lips - a very interesting combination!  Remember, even though speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to the plant size.  Mature plants will be 12-14” tall.
3” pots $20

SVO 5664
Den. Golden Vista 'Big & Bold' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS

This cross has excellent potential and is as current as any Aussie Native breeding in Australia. The Golden Vista (Class x Star of Gold) is a large yellow flower with heavy red markings on the edges of the segments and a lip covered with red spots.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - quite impressive!   I expect these to be good yellows with a few red markings, high flower count and big chunky blooms.  This is a really nice cross!
3” pots $20

SVO 5667
Den. Blushing Vista 'SVO' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS

Blushing Vista (Gillieston Jazz x Rutherford Blushing Bride) has dark lavender flowers with some white at the base of the segments. It's a good grower and bloomer too. The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - quite impressive!   I expect these to produce chunky blooms with high flower count and flower color ranging from lavender to soft yellows.
3” pots $20

SVO 5668
Den. Sunny Vista 'Sun Blast' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS

Sunny Vista (Peewee x Yondi Tina) produces large light yellows with a purple blush originating from the influence of bigibbum.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - very impressive!   I expect these to be good yellows with a faint red blushing, high flower count and chunky blooms.  This is a really nice cross and similar to SVO 5663.
3” pots $20

SVO 5669
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 saw many Australian Artists in bloom there. I was really pleased with how nicely 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 picture. Same as 5304.
3” pots $20

SVO 5671
Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS

Victorian Bride has a chunky flower with a white background color and dark purple markings. They are quite the attention getters! The Dunokayla is a special plant and has 20 plus chunky yellow flowers per stem. Here we are expecting flowers with a yellow base color and dark purple-red markings on top. These could be spectacular.
3” pots $20

SVO 5677
Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Victorian Bride has a chunky flower with a white background color and dark purple markings. They are very showy blooms. 'Daylight Moon' is as good as it gets, with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  This grex will give great stems and flowers ranging in color, with many soft yellows and purple markings
3” pots $20

SVO 6010   
Den. (Tosca x Rutherford Starburst) 'Red Wine' x Den. Royal Vista '#3'

'Red Wine' has just that - red wine-colored flowers.  It is an excellent grower and has flowered as many as 15 times from a single pseudobulb.  Absolutely amazing!  I consider it my best red/purple breeding plant, and pairing it with Royal Vista (Beryl Wuth x Hilda Poxon), with its surprisingly large, medium purple flower and light pink lip, will give the offspring superb flower size and color.
3” pots $20

SVO 6155   
Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. Aussie Parade 'Carrot Splash'

Regal Gillieston flowers profusely in the spring and has beautiful light yellow flowers with a red blush and a solid red lip.  Its plant habit is exceptional.  Aussie Parade will bring its yellow and orange colors to this cross as well as its compact plant stature.  Expect flowers in shades of yellow with red markings.  This cross represents a very nice, new style of breeding and may very well be my best cross of 2015.
3” pot $20

SVO 6172   
Den. Brimbank You Beauty 'Vivid Purple' x Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis'

Brimbank You Beauty 'Vivid Purple' is a solid purple flower (pictured is a sibling as a reference for flower form), and Victorian Bride has flowers with a white background and bold dark purple markings.  With this cross I am expecting the offspring to bloom with dark purple colors or purple bars over a white background.  These will produce lots of upright flower spikes and have the 'chunky' bloom shape everyone is looking for.  As a bonus, the plants will be compact, reaching a maximum of 12” tall.
3” pots $20

SVO 6181   
Den. Gillieston Jazz 'Steven' x Den. (Tosca x Rutherford Starburst) 'Red Wine'

Dark purple/red flowers are very popular these days and not often seen for sale.  Gillieston Jazz has a very dark purple/red flower and is a great grower.  The 'Red Wine' has just that - red wine-colored flowers.  This plant is an excellent grower and has flowered as many as 15 times from a single pseudobulb!  I consider it my best red/purple breeding plant.  These two superior cultivars should produce offspring with dark colored flower in deep purple/red on smaller plants.  This is a really nice pairing.
3” pots $20

SVO 6187   
Den. Gillieston Jazz 'Steven' x Den. Brimbank You Beauty 'SVO'

This cross will produce a range of colors from solid dark purple flowers to blooms with purple tips and white centers.  Gillieston Jazz has a very dark purple/red flower, and is a great grower and reliable bloomer.  Brimbank You Beauty is a soft purple with a light center.  This grex will produce the desired outcome: nice plants, many with dark purple/red flowers.  Plant size will top out at 8-10” tall, and these should be reliable bloomers.  Nice color and plant habit with this one.
3” pots $20

 

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.
4” pots $30

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.
4” pots $30

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.
4” pots $30

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.First plants to bloom 123

4” pots $30

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.
4” pots $30

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 also improves stem length and bloom count. Although speciosum is in the immediate background it will not add much to the plant size as this is a recessive trait. 
4” pots $30

SVO 5305       
Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Regal Gillieston has 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, producing over 100 chunky light yellow flowers per inflorescence. This type of breeding makes for improved yellow and red flower color, good stem length and bloom count. Although speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to the plant size, as this is a recessive trait.
4” pots $30

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
4” pots $30

 

 

 

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