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Sunset Valley Orchids 2021-2022 Sarcochilus list


Sarcochilus are native to Australia and have been grown by hobbyists there for many years; they are very popular and easy to grow.

During my first visit to Australia in 2011, I was fortunate to meet Scott Barrie who was doing a magnificent job breeding new “high color” Sarcochilus. These color forms are not readily available in the USA – It looked to me like these were one of Australia's best kept secrets!  It was surprising to see how good these plants were. Eleven years have elapsed, and the quality of the current breeding is just fantastic. There have been impressive improvements in flower color, size, and ease of flowering.

This list is comprised of carefully selected hybrids that are most promising, with good color, compact plant habit, and quickness to bloom.  

All will flower in 3” pots.  These Australian gems flower from April through early May, just in time for Mother's Day.

This is the most significant offering of “high color” Sarcochilus breeding in the USA!   Don't miss out…


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 open potting medium, as watering will be frequent. I have found a mix of medium orchid bark and perlite to be ideal. Fertilize every watering with ¼ tsp. fertilizer per gallon of water.
  • The summer temperatures should range from 75-85 degrees during the day and 60-70 degrees at night, with winter temperatures of 60-75 degree days and 45-55 degree nights. Plants prefer light levels of 1500 to 2000 foot candles (fc). In the peak of summer under hot humid conditions, plants benefit from increased shading, air movement and watering, as this helps to keep them cool and hydrated.


H013            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Maria 'DD' x Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Dot')

This combination is quite different from the other spotted crosses offered. Here we are looking for a clear, softer yellow spot with a white background. We have some exceptional genes to work with in the background and will see a very good quality result.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Maria 'DD' Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Dot'


H053       NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Lady 'Red Star' x Sarco. Kulnura Harrow 'Extreme')

This is my favorite sort of cross, as we have recessives in play. Here we have a red crossed with a pink carrying red genes. We will see very productive pinks with red centers, as well as patterned and solid reds.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Lady 'Red Star' Sarco. Kulnura Harrow 'Extreme'


H065                  NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Maria 'Red Rain' x Sarco. Kulnura Flip 'Free Bird')

This cross is about wonderful deep reds on upright spikes. 'Free Bird' is one of the most productive reds we have. Plants get covered with spikes and flowers.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Maria 'Red Rain' Sarco. Kulnura Flip 'Free Bird'


H086       NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Maestro 'Peach' x Sarco. Kulnura Tipple 'Pinellow')

This is a new breeding line. Kulnura Maestro shows increased dark pigment in the leaves, which passes through the mother’s side of this cross. Here we are looking to bring orange and pink tones together on dark foliaged plants.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Maestro 'Peach' Sarco. Kulnura Tipple 'Pinellow'


H163          NEW  
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Mischief 'Orange Gold' x Sarco. Kulnura Kaleidoscope 'Blazing Gold’ AD/AOC)
Blazing Gold is one of our most requested plants, and as a result I'm sure these seedlings will be incredibly popular. Expect deep, golden yellow flowers on upright spikes. WOW!
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Mischief 'Orange Gold' Sarco. Kulnura Kaleidoscope 'Blazing Gold’ AD/AOC


H164            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Dragonfly 'Honey' x Sarco. Roberta 'Favorite')

It is rare to have a Kulnura Dragonfly hold a capsule, but the few crosses that have resulted from Kulnura Dragonfly have been excellent. This cross promises the same. There will be no yellows. Roberta is used here for clarity of patterning and intensity of color. Expect bright patterned flowers of the highest quality. Plants will be robust and produce strong, upright spikes. Recommended.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Dragonfly 'Honey' Sarco. Roberta 'Favorite'


H169            NEW
Sarco. Kulnura Momentum (Sarco. Kulnura Spice 'Halo' AM-AD/AOC x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles')

Highly anticipated remake of Kulnura Momentum. This is a great cross. It has excellent productivity of spikes from compact, multi shooting plants. As true red is recessive, we will not see any reds, but we will see wide range of pinks and some excellent patterning. Highly recommended.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Spice 'Halo' AM-AD/AOC Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'


H170            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Coral 'Sparkle' x Sarco. Roberta 'Favorite')

Patterning in yellow Sarcochilus is in the early stages of development. This combination will provide outstanding golden yellow patterning over a white base. Highly recommended.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Coral 'Sparkle' Sarco. Roberta 'Favorite'


H174          NEW  
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Roundup 'Red'x Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Dot')

Lots of layers to this cross. On the surface we have bold spotting overlaying pink. Beneath the surface we have the recessive red from both parents. Expect lots off spotted flowers held on upright spikes from very good growing plants.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Roundup 'Red' Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Dot'







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