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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 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.

 

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'

 

H044       NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Intensity 'Mottle Base' x Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Midnight')

It's interesting that I have not made this cross before. These two are quite closely related, and perhaps that is why we didn’t get much seed. I am expecting a result close to that of Kulnura Fireball - Intense reds from compact plants. Very limited availability.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Intensity 'Mottle Base' Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Midnight'

 

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'

 

H111       NEW
Sarco. Kulnura Dragonfly (Sarco. Elegance 'Super' x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles')

Kulnura Dragonfly! Remake of arguably the best cross that has ever been made. Expect the highest quality patterned flowers from robust plants. Impossible to resist, this is a must-have.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Elegance 'Super' Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles'

 

H118            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Roberta 'Favorite' x Sarco. Kulnura Mission 'Gold Dust')

Kulnura Mission was a breakthrough cross for productivity, with up to 13 spikes from a single growth plant! This combination aims to build flower quality into this highly productive line. Expect 100% alba yellows, from solid to patterned styles.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Roberta 'Favorite' Sarco. Kulnura Mission 'Gold Dust'

 

H131            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Press 'Spot Tip' x Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Spec 2')

Kulnura Press is an excellent cross, and the plants from this grex are very productive and wonderfully marked. By combining 'Spot Tip' with Kulnura Rusty 'Spec 2' we will see fuller-formed flowers with bright patterning. These will be very attractive flowers.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Press 'Spot Tip' Sarco. Kulnura Rusty 'Spec 2'

 

H132            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Coral 'Sparkle' x Sarco. Kulnura Kaleidoscope 'Chesell')

‘Sparkle' is a very eye-catching flower and has proven itself as an excellent parent for color and productivity. We expect bright yellows and golds in abundance from this cross.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Coral 'Sparkle' Sarco. Kulnura Kaleidoscope 'Chesell'

 

H135            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura High 'Melba' x Sarco. hartmannii '4')

The poached egg style of flower is very popular. Here we see the two-tone yellow of 'Melba' crossed to a hartmannii. We will see full-formed white flowers with golden yellow centers.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura High 'Melba' Sarco. hartmannii '4'

 

H138            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Drive '4 Black' x Sarco. Kulnura Tight 'Early Red Velvet')

When it comes to red Sarcochilus, Kulnura Drive '4 Black' has established itself as the benchmark parent. This cross will give early-flowering, solid reds and flashed red and white flowers on compact plants.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Drive '4 Black' Sarco. Kulnura Tight 'Early Red Velvet'

 

H159            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Wild 'Pani' x Sarco. Kulnura Mission 'Gold Dust')

Of the Kulnura Wild grex, ‘Pani' is the best growing plant and has the nicest flowers, a nicely spotted yellow with full form on upright spikes. Crossing it to 'Gold Dust' will really enhance the depth of color in the patterning and, most importantly, flower production. Expect lots of yellow shades and heaps of flowers from this cross.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Wild 'Pani' Sarco. Kulnura Mission 'Gold Dust'

 

H160            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Need 'Orange Ripple' x Sarco. Kulnura Taser 'WTO')

This is the first time we have made an orange backcross. Over the generations of our Sarcochilus breeding, the biggest leaps of quality and color surprises have come from back and sibling crosses. This cross will be fun to flower, as we will learn the true nature of the orange breeding line. Highly recommended.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Need 'Orange Ripple' Sarco. Kulnura Taser 'WTO'

 

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'

 

H166            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Taser 'Yellow rc' x Sarco. Kulnura Need '7 spikes')

Red centered yellow is a new line for us. While the color style is not new, it is the breeding behind this that makes this cross exciting. All the other red centered yellows are derived from high involvement of the species S. hurticalcar, which makes them difficult to grow in our conditions. This cross has a very small influence of hurticalcar (1.6%), and they grow just like the rest of our plants. Wildly experimental cross with expectation of orange, red, alba yellow, white and yellow with red centers. This is my pick of this series to see flower.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Taser 'Yellow rc' Sarco. Kulnura Need '7 spikes'

 

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'

 

H183            NEW
Sarco. NEW HYBRID (Sarco. Kulnura Fireball 'Robin'x Sarco. Kulnura Gryffin 'Special')

We flowered the first seedlings from 'Robin' last year, and they were spectacular! In this cross we are very lucky to get seed from Kulnura Gryffin (Kulnura Dragonfly x Kulnura Sanctuary), which rarely sets capsules. Expect full rounded reds, some flashed with white, on upright spikes. Stunning!
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Fireball 'Robin' Sarco. Kulnura Gryffin 'Special'

 

 

 

 

 

 

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