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Sunset Valley Orchids 2020-21 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 were 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. Seven 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.

There are several very special hybrids with potential to produce yellow, salmon and orange flowers!!!  

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.


(Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Pink Red' x Sarco. Kulnura Dip 'Multi Pink Heart')

In my opinion, the extra dimension of bi-coloring in a flower dramatically enhances the appeal of the flower. The combination of two shades of pink, the lighter exterior and the deeper center are further enhanced by the solid gold lip from Kulnura Dip. These will be excellent growing plants that produce lots of spikes.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Pink Red' Sarco. Kulnura Dip 'Multi Pink Heart'


(Sarco. Kulnura Harrow 'Extreme' x Sarco. Kulnura Pass 'Multi Blush Pink')

‘Extreme' is so named for its exceptional flower production. In this mating we are looking to consolidate what we can see, dark centered pink flowers of full flat form. These parents are also early flowering types and bloom ahead of the main season. This also makes them easy bloomers in a wide range of conditions.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Harrow 'Extreme' Sarco. Kulnura Pass 'Multi Blush Pink'


(Sarco. Kulnura Mischief 'Orange Gold' x Sarco. Parma 'Fran')

As we move deeper into the development of the alba yellows it has become clear that non-fading (colour that remains true) is an important characteristic. We can expect solid golden yellows from this cross with the added aim at building free flowering into the intense, non-fade golden yellow line.
3” pots $22

Sarco. Kulnura Mischief 'Orange Gold' Sarco. Parma 'Fran'


(Sarco. Kulnura High 'Melba' x Sarco. Kulnura Lemon 'Lemon 1')

Yellow on yellow is one of the newest color lines we are working on. Similar concept to the dark centered pinks. The soft yellow in the outer portion of the flower is incredibly difficult to capture in the photo. But really lovely in the flesh. Good full formed flowers from this mating.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura High 'Melba' Sarco. Kulnura Lemon 'Lemon 1'


(Sarco. Kulnura Iridessa 'PCP' x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles')

Over the years we have learnt that ‘Speckles' is an improver and enabler. It improves the form and enables patterning to come through. In a cross like this the result is assured. Superior shape and wonderful patterning.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Iridessa 'PCP' Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'


(Sarco. Kulnura Secure 'Hot Dot' x Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Red Spot')

Sensationally bright spotting from this cross, enhanced by the clarity of the white background. Expect flat formed flowers on multiple stems. As Kulnura Dazzel does carry red genes, there is also the possibility of some spectacularly dark red flowers.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Secure 'Hot Dot' Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Red Spot'






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