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Sunset Valley Orchids 2016 Sarcochilus list

Sarcochilus are native to Australia and have been grown by hobbyist there for many years; occasionally we see plants here is the USA, they generally are the old fashion type with white flowers and a red spot in the center.  With my visits to Australia sourcing Aussie Dendrobiums, I came across several Sarcochilus breeders who are doing a magnificent job breeding for “high color” Sarcochilus.  Their efforts are focused on developing new flower colors in:  pinks, reds, yellows, salmon, and purples. 

I have carefully selected these hybrids that appear to be most promising with good color, quick to bloom, compact plants (all will flower in 3” pots), and a charming aspect.  

This is the first significant offering in the USA of the “modern high color” Sarcochilus breeding from Australia.  

Some growing tips for Sarcochilus

Here are the basic requirements for moisture, temperature and light needed for good culture:

  • Sarcochilus need to be watered in a way to keep the medium slightly moist.  They don't have pseudobulbs to store water so it's the leaves and roots that are responsible for this function.  I water them every 2-3 days in summer and once a week in winter.  Sarcochilus need a well drained potting medium as watering will be frequent; I have found a mix of medium orchid bark and perlite to be ideal.
  • The summer temperatures should range from 75-85 degrees during the day and 60-70 degrees at night with winter temperatures from 60-75 degree days and 45-55 degree nights.
  • The plants prefer light levels of 1500 to 2000 foot candles (fc).  In hot humid conditions the plants benefit from increased shading, air movement and watering, as this helps keep the foliage cool.


  • Sarcochilus generally flower in late April and early May; I am always reminded that Mother's day is not far off when I see the first blooms.


SVO C019            
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Bunyip 'Super Free' x Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Pink Red')

Expect a spectrum from pink through orange to red. These should have good sized flowers and be exceptionally free flowering. Very  vigorous plants from this double dose of Bunyip in the breeding. Blooming size
3” pots $20

SVO C034
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Bunyip 'Big Splash' x Sarco. Kulnura Dew Drop 'Quality')

This cross is aimed at deep centered pinks that produce a pink flower with a red center. The bonus is that these will be of award shape to go with the exciting color! Blooming size
3” pots $20

SVO C055
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Rosetta 'Lovely' x Sarco. Bunyip 'Super Free')

Bunyip 'Super Free' is a perfect match for the round, full shape of Kulnura Rosetta. We will get a longer spike to display the super full flowers from this cross. Plants will produce multiple flower spikes.  Similar to C095. Blooming size
3” pots $20

SVO C061
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Mottle Salmon Red' x Sarco. Kulnura Firemist 'Red Tip' )

These have Bunyip on both sides as grandparents, which means that we're going to see above average results. Expect fuller flower form on long arching stems. This grex should produce a high percentage of red flowers, with a chance of alba yellow (Bunyip carries alba genes).  First to bloom picture 3348  Blooming size
3” pots $20

SVO C095
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Pink Red' x Kulnura Rosetta 'Lovely' )

Kulnura Rosetta is a beautiful full pink, but it needs is a few more flowers and a longer spike. These attributes should come from Kulnura Rusty. The Rustys have great vigor and are incredibly free flowering. Expect mid pinks of good shape. A great easy to bloom cross, first to bloom pictures: Pic 1, Pic 2 , Pic 3   Blooming size
3” pots $20

SVO C097
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Sanctuary 'Light Cent' x Sarco. Heidi 'White Light')

We have been working on this white line for many years. While the excitement and interest in recent times has surrounded new colors, our development program has been working on a high quality white that produces multiple spikes and maintains the vigor that is expected from our hybrids. Expect full, flat and well-rounded blooms.  Blooming size
3” pots $20

SVO 5927
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Fiery Glow 'SVO Red Gem' x Sarco. (Sweetheart x Fitzhart) 'Spectacular')

I have been very happy with the outcome of this cross and the similar SVO 5962 and SVO 5933. Many of these have been solid bright reds with some being spotted red.  Expect excellent form and multiple flower spikes.  These plants started blooming at a young and will quickly develop into free flowering mature plants.  The reciprocal cross is SVO 5933. First to bloom Pic 1,   Pic 2
3” pots $20

SVO 5929
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Jozie 'Ruben's  Red' x Sarco. Fiery Glow 'SVO Red Gem')

‘Ruben’s Red’ is an intense red color and the Firey Glow is equally amazing, this superb combination is designed to produce solid red colors.  These are vigorous growing plants that will develop multiple spikes.
3” pots $20

SVO 5930
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. (Sweethart x Fitzhart) 'Spectacular' x Sarco. Jozie 'SVO Red Glow')

‘Spectacular’ is just that, amazing color and flower form!  It is a great breeding plant that passes along it favorable attributes. Jozie’s intense red color will only add to the intensity of the progeny.   The plants are growing very well and are blooming size.
3” pots $20

SVO 5932
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Firey  Glow 'SVO Red Hot' x Sarco. (Sweethart x Fitzhart) 'Spectacular')

This is similar to SVO 5927 and SVO 5933.  The prediction is for most of these to be solid bright reds with a few spotted.  Expect excellent form and multiple flower spikes.  These plants started blooming at a young and will quickly develop into free flowering mature plants.
First to bloom Pic 1Pic 2
3” pots $20

SVO 5933
Sarco. NEW HYBRID(Sarco. (Sweethart x Fitzhart) 'Spectacular' x Sarco. Firey Glow 'Red Gem')

The reciprocal cross is SVO 5927. Most of these will be solid bright reds but a few will be spotted red.  Expect excellent form and multiple flower spikes.  These plants started blooming at a young and will quickly develop into nice free flowering mature plants.  This has been a very successful hybrid for flower color and form. First to bloom Pic 1,   Pic 2
3” pots $20







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