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Sunset Valley Orchids 2021 Sarcochilus list

 

The new Sarcos. are rooting up nicely, they will be listed in the fall.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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