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Sunset Valley Orchids 2022-2023 Sarcochilus list

Sarcochilus orchids are native to Australia and have long been popular among hobbyists Down Under. In recent years, breeders such as Scott Barrie have developed new "high color" Sarcochilus hybrids in a range of striking hues, including pink, red, yellow, orange, salmon, and purple. These modern hybrids have set a new standard for the genus and are now available for purchase.  With Scott’s help we have carefully selected the best of the new crosses and I am pleased to offer these Australian jewels to you.

Benefits of Sarcochilus orchids include their quick blooming habit and charming floral qualities. They also have a compact growth habit, making them suitable for small spaces and ideal for flowering in 3- and 4-inch pots. Sarcochilus orchids typically flower in May, making them a perfect gift for Mother's Day.

 

To care for Sarcochilus orchids, it is important to keep the potting medium slightly moist, watering every 2-3 days in summer and about once a week in winter. They prefer a well-drained, open potting medium, such as a mixture of medium orchid bark and perlite. Fertilize every watering with ½ teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of water. Sarcochilus do well in summer temperatures ranging from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 to 70 degrees at night, with winter temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 45 to 55 degrees at night. They prefer light levels of 1500 to 2000 foot candles (fc). In hot and humid conditions, it can be helpful to provide increased shading, air movement, and watering to keep the plants cool.

 

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Sarco. Kulnura Ballerina 'Rod' x Sarco. Kulnura Treasure 'Rich Boysenberry'
Our early flowering Sarcs have been a huge success. This breeding line can add an extra 3 weeks to your flowering season! In this hybrid we are building on the pure red success of Kulnura Ballerina by combining it with Kulnura Treasure (Kulnura Dragonfly x Kulnura Festival) to bring improved shape to early red Sarcochilus. Expect pink and red flowers in profusion from compact plants.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Ballerina 'Rod' Sarco. Kulnura Treasure 'Rich Boysenberry'

 

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Sarco. Bunyip 'Forest Fruit' x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'
Remake of Kulnura Absolute! Bunyip 'Forest Fruit' has been my most use Bunyip for hybridisation. It has fantastic large flowers of thick substance and full shape. But, most importantly, the traits it most readily passes on is robust growth and flower presentation. While Sweetheart 'Speckles' has featured in every series of my Sarc hybrids since 2004. It makes imposing flowers of full form, while letting the other parent express the range of colour potential. You want some of these!
3” pots $20

Sarco. Bunyip 'Forest Fruit' Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'

 

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Sarco. Kulnura Maestro 'Peach' x Sarco. Kulnura Opus 'Vision'
Are you looking for the latest in Sarcochilus? This combination pushes the boundary of our orange breeding development as it brings two lines together for the first time. Expect a range of solid shades from pink through to orange with full formed shape. There is the added interest of some dark foliaged plants in this cross from Kulnura Maestro.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Maestro 'Peach' Sarco. Kulnura Opus 'Vision'

 

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Sarco. Heidi 'Clarity'x Sarco. Kulnura Snowflake 'Freeby'
We have been developing white Sarcochilus with almost no other colour in the flower for some time. This is the latest in that line. Expect, large, crystal clean white flowers on tall spikes. The added bonus from this cross is the exceptional spike production, these will cover themselves in flowers. Recommended for high quality show flowers.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Heidi 'Clarity' Sarco. Kulnura Snowflake 'Freeby'

 

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Sarco. Kulnura Intensity 'Mottle Base' x Sarco. Kulnura Drive '4 black'
Two of our best and proven red breeding parents. 'Mottle Base' is the parent of the exceptional red grex Kulnura Fireball, and '4 black' is the parent of Kulnura Rage. This is a match that cannot be missed. Expect vibrant reds on upright stems from compact plants.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Intensity 'Mottle Base' Sarco. Kulnura Drive '4 black'

 

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Sarco. Kulnura Now 'Dreamer' x Sarco. Maria 'Purple Star'
Totally next level from this cross. Kulnura Now 'Dreamer' is Bunyip x Kulnura Dragonfly and we can see the influence of this pedigree in the 'Dreamer's large size, filled in shape and great colour patterning. Maria has shown itself to be an outstanding parent of large filled in flowers. Expect the highest quality flowers displayed on long decorative stems from strong and robust plants. My pick.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Now 'Dreamer' Sarco. Maria 'Purple Star'

 

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Sarco. Kulnura Wild 'Pani' x Sarco. Kulnura Khaleesi 'Special'
Kulnura Khaleesi is an excellent example of two toned yellow, dark centre and lighter outer portion (hard to see in the photo). From this cross we will see 100% yellow and I expect to see mostly patterned flowers with a hope of more two-toned flowers. The flower quality should be very high.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Wild 'Pani' Sarco. Kulnura Khaleesi 'Special'

 

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Sarco. Roberta 'Good Yellow' x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'
Roberta 'Good Yellow' has a wonderful presence, large flower with good patterning. In this cross we will not see any yellow. We will see exceptional, full formed, patterned flowers. Very much reminiscent of the famous Kulnura Dragonfly. Plants will be robust growers with upright spikes. Recommended.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Roberta 'Good Yellow' Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'

 

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Sarco. Duno Nicky's Twin 'VooDoo' AM/AOC x Sarco. Kulnura Exquisite 'Barrita'
These are going to be awesome! When you look at what DNT 'VooDoo' has made in the past it is hard not to put it very high in the all-time greatest parents. These may well have reduced fertility as many of its progeny do. Full shape. Large size. Long arching stems. Colours will range from full red through speckled red to pink shades. You should grow as many of these as you can.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Duno Nicky's Twin 'VooDoo' AM/AOC Sarco. Kulnura Exquisite 'Barrita'

 

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Sarco. Kulnura Gallery 'Custard' x Sarco. Kulnura Cool 'Lemon Delight'
Simply spectacular! Wonderful example of two tone yellow, dark centre with lighter outer portion of the segments, we should see quite a range of this colour style from this cross. Both parents have excellent pedigrees for full shape, and we will see high quality offspring from them. Stems will be gracefully arching for those who prefer that style. Very highly recommended.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Gallery 'Custard' Sarco. Kulnura Cool 'Lemon Delight'

 

 

 

 

 

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