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2017 Sunset Valley Orchids
Australian Dendrobium

Australian Dendrobiums are bred with species that originate from Australian species. The Aussies have done an amazing job in the breeding of their native Dens and have made significant improvements in recent years.  These wonderful hybrids are very popular in Australia, and rightfully so!

Here in the USA we rarely see the advanced hybrids for sale.  We do see D. kingianum and D. speciosum, and anyone who grows these species knows how robust they are.  In general, Aussie Dendrobiums are very hardy.  They do well with hot summers (75-95 deg. days) and cool winters (40-55 deg. nights).  I have been trialing them all over the USA, and customers have reported good success.  The flowers are nicely fragrant and will fill the growing area with a wonderful aroma.  Most importantly, they re-flower from old pseudobulbs, which allows for an increasingly outstanding floral display as plants mature.  I have seen plants produce 15 inflorescences from a single bulb over a 5 year period; now THAT is a nice feature!  A tendency toward vigorous growth plus this re-flowering characteristic make for plants that form beautiful specimens in a relatively short period of time.

Sunset Valley Orchids is the leading hybridizer of Aussie Dens in the USA.  We have been acquiring high-quality plant material for many years and have developed a superior collection of breeding stock.  This season we've focused on breeding yellow flowers with red markings, a highly desirable color form.

SVO 6197 NEW 
Den. New hybrid (Den. Gillieston Jazz 'Steven' x Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis')
Gillieston Jazz (Peewee x Zip) has a very dark purple/red flower. Best of all, it's a great grower and has flowered as many as 15 times from a single pseudobulb! Absolutely amazing! I consider it my best red/purple breeding plant.The ‘chunky’ flowers of Victorian Bride (Rutherford Blushing Bride x Aussie Victory) are white with bold dark purple markings – very attractive. Here we are going to see mostly white flowers with bold red-purple markings; some will be a solid red-purple. Flower arrangement will be good on strong stems.  Very easy to bloom on nice compact plants maturing at about 10” tall.
3” pots $20

SVO 6279 NEW  
Den. speciosum
(Den. speciosum var. curvicaule 'Palmerston' AM/AOC x Den. speciosum var. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)
The cultivar 'Palmerston' produces over 60 very chunky yellow flowers that are well-arranged on each inflorescence. Renowned in Australia for its quality as a parent, 'Windermere' is recessive for color, allowing the flower color of the other parent to come through in the progeny.  Here we are going to see yellow flowers of superior form, arrangement and count.  This intervarietal cross (var. curvicaule x var. speciosum) will result in the plants being excellent growers.
3” pots $20

SVO 6467 NEW  
Den. New hybrid (Den. Donavan 'Opalescent' x Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis')

Donovan (Elegant Heart x kingianum) has beautiful light rose-lavender flowers that are blushed darker on the tips of the petals and sepals.  In bright sunlight they almost appear to glow!  The ‘chunky’ flowers of Victorian Bride (Rutherford Blushing Bride x Aussie Victory) are white with bold dark purple markings – very attractive.  Plants will mature at 10” tall, and the flowers will have a white background with purple blushes and spots on the segments.
3”pots $20


SVO 6508 NEW  
Den. New hybrid (Den. Purple Cluster 'Dark Purple' x Den. Tosca Starburst 'Red Wine')
Purple Cluster (Purple Joy x Gillieston Jazz)  has very dark purple flowers. Tosca Starburst (Tosca x Rutherford Starburst) ‘Red Wine’ has just that - red wine-colored flowers.  It is an excellent grower and has flowered as many as 15 times from a single pseudobulb!  These are going to be dark purples - a color not often seen with these kinds of hybrids.
3” pots $20

SVO 6509 NEW        
Den. New hybrid (Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. Warrior 'Jordan')

I have found that Regal Gillieston (Peewee x Regal Affair) is an excellent parent.  It has a superb-plant habit and bears beautiful star-shaped light yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip - very beautiful!  Warrior (Hilda Poxon x Ku-Ring-Gai) has yellow flowers with bold red markings and excellent shape, reminiscent of the tetragonum in its background.  Yellow flowers with red spotting are the ‘hot ticket’ in Aussie Den breeding, and this is a very promising cross.
3”pots $20

SVO 6510 NEW  
Den. New hybrid (Den. Gillieston Jazz 'Steven' x Den. Tosca Starbright 'Red Wine')

Gillieston Jazz (Peewee x Zip) has a very dark purple/red flower.  Best of all, it's a great grower and has flowered as many as 15 times from a single pseudobulb!  Absolutely amazing!  I consider it my best red/purple breeding plant.  Tosca Starburst (Tosca x Rutherford Starburst) 'Red Wine' has red wine-colored flowers.  This is one of those plants that flowers on and off throughout the year, with its primary blooming in February.  Dark purple-red flowers are the objective here, and these might very well be the darkest yet, as both parents have exceptional color.  Easy to flower, and plants will stay around 10” tall when mature.
3” pots $20

SVO 6537 NEW  
Den. Australian Robbie McInnes (Den. Aussie Parade 'Carrot Splash' AM/AOS x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Aussie Parade (Aussie Ira x Star of Gold) has an almost orange flower with red bars and spots.  The starry shape shows the tetragonum in its ancestry.  Renowned for its breeding abilities, 'Windermere' is recessive for color.  Here we are counting on its recessive nature to allow the colors of Aussie Parade to dominate.  You will see lots of well-arranged yellow flowers with red markings from this cross.  An amazing combination, and so exciting that I remade it the following year!  Also see SVO 6887
3” pots $20 

SVO 6880 NEW     
Den. Cosmic Gold (Den. Avril's Gold 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Avril’s Gold has received a lot of well-deserved attention for its superior flower color, size, and arrangement.  When it first became available, plants were selling for hundreds of dollars!  The cultivar ‘SVO’ has golden-yellow flowers with a few red spots and great arrangement, and it blooms reliably each January. ‘Windermere’ is renowned for its breeding capabilities: it is recessive for color and dominant for flower count.  Cosmic Gold is one of the most desirable new Aussie Dens hybrids.  These will take a year or two longer to produce their first flowers, but when they do they will be show stoppers!  Originally made in Australia and registered in 2009, mature plants in the land Down Under are now producing 35-50 flowers per stem!
3”pots $22

SVO 6882 NEW  
Den. Cosmic Gold (Den. Avril's Gold 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Beechwood' HCC/AOC)

Avril’s Gold has received a lot of well-deserved attention for its superior flower color, size, and arrangement.  When it first became available, plants were selling for hundreds of dollars!  The cultivar ‘SVO’ has golden-yellow flowers with a few red spots and great arrangement, and it blooms reliably each January.  D. speciosum ‘Beechwood’ was awarded in 2005 with 560 flowers on 7 inflorescences - that’s 80 flowers each!  Cosmic Gold is one of the most desirable new Aussie Dens hybrids.  These will take a year or two longer to produce their first flowers, but when they do they will be show stoppers!  Originally made in Australia and registered in 2009, mature plants in the land Down Under are now producing 35-50 flowers per stem!
3” pots $22

SVO 6887 NEW      
Den. Australian Robbie McInnes (Den. Aussie Parade 'Carrot Splash' AM/AOS x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Aussie Parade (Aussie Ira x Star of Gold) has an almost orange flower with red bars and spots.  The starry shape shows the tetragonum in its ancestry.  Renowned for its breeding abilities, 'Windermere' is recessive for color.  Here we are counting on its recessive nature to allow the colors of Aussie Parade to dominate.  You will see lots of well-arranged yellow flowers with red markings from this cross.  An amazing combination, and so exciting that I remade it the following year!  Also see SVO 6537
3” pots $20

 

 

Australian Dendrobium 4” pot listing

SVO 5004
Den. Hilda Poxon (Den. Hilda Poxon 'SVO' x Den. Hilda Poxon 'SVO II' )

Hilda's have been around for a long time, and they still command attention and are excellent growers and bloomers.  This is a cross of my two best Hilda's.  Look for green-yellow flowers with red markings to be produced 2-3 times a year.
4” pots $30

SVO 5300   
Den. NEW HYBRID   Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Regal Gillieston has a superb plant habit and beautiful light yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip.  D. speciosum 'Daylight Moon' is the best curvicaule available, producing over 100 chunky light yellow flowers per inflorescence.  This type of breeding makes for improved yellow and red flower color, good stem length and higher bloom count.  Although speciosum is a parent, plant size is a recessive trait, and these should be compact growers.
Same as SVO 5305.
4” pots $30

SVO 5305 
Den. NEW HYBRID    Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

Regal Gillieston has a superb plant habit and beautiful light yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip.  D. speciosum 'Daylight Moon' is the best curvicaule available, producing over 100 chunky light yellow flowers per inflorescence.  This type of breeding makes for improved yellow and red flower color, good stem length and higher bloom count.  Although speciosum is a parent, plant size is a recessive trait, and these should be compact growers.
Same as SVO 5300.
4” pots $30

SVO 5306
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Peewee x (Den. Yondi Glow x Den. Yondi Brolga)) 'SVO' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC

This unregistered hybrid is getting pretty complicated….but click on the link to see a picture of the flowers. Very impressive in shape and color, it also has good flower production on a compact plant.  The 'Daylight Moon' is simply the best curvicaule and flowers with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  Remember, although speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to the plant size, which is a recessive trait.  Expect the color to come through and improved flower count and size.  Very nice!
4” pots $30

SVO 5307
Den. Warrior Vista (Den. Warrior 'Jordan' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon 'FCC/AOC)

Warrior is a show stopper with its star shaped bright yellow flowers and bold red markings.  The 'Daylight Moon' is as good as it gets, with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  Although speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to the plant size.  Expect the bright yellow flower color and red markings to come through from the Warrior and the 'Daylight Moon' to improve flower count and size.  Don't miss this one!
4” pots $30

SVO 5309
Den. Jayden (Den. Elegant Heat 'Spring Time' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC)

Elegant Heart is very popular with collectors for its color, large red lip, chunky flower and ease of growth.  The 'Daylight Moon' is outstanding, with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  When maturem plants will be 16” tall and have lots of chunky yellow flowers with lavender overlay.  If you like Elegant Heart, this is the next level of improvement.  Very nice!
4” pots $30

SVO 5333
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Golden Vista 'SVO' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS)

This cross is as current as any Aussie Den breeding in Australia, and I'm really looking forward to flowering these plants!  The Golden Vista (Class x Star of Gold) produces large yellow flowers with a red blush on the edges of the sepals and a white lip covered with fine red spots.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem.  Very impressive!  I expect these to be good yellows with a few red markings, high flower count and chunky form.  Nice large flowers, too.  Similar to SVO 5664.The flower quality on these has been very nice here is a first bloom plant Picture.
4” pots $30

SVO 5620
Den. Ruben Colmenares (Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. Hilda Poxon 'Spectacular')

Regal Gillieston has a superb plant habit and beautiful light yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip.  This Hilda is really 'Spectacular', with large starry green flowers of superior form.  I'm expecting large starry flowers with yellow background color, red-lavender overlay and spotting, all with good flower presentation.  A very colorful and easy to bloom cross.
4” pots $30

SVO 5655
Den. Anna Carabini (Den. Royal Vista 'SVO I' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Windermere is renowned in Australia for its breeding capabilities.  This parent appears to be recessive for color, allowing the color of the other parent to come through in the progeny.  Royal Vista (Beryl Wuth x Hilda Poxon) has a surprisingly large, purple flower with a nicely contrasting nearly-white lip.  Here we expect large lavender flowers on straight upright stems. An occasional plant will have white or cream colored blooms.
4” pots $30

SVO 5658
Den. Warrior Vista (Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC )

Regal Gillieston has a superb plant habit and bears beautiful light yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip.  'Windermere' is a time tested breeder and is recessive for flower color, allowing the great hues of Regal Gillieston to prevail.  Although speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to plant size.  Expect the bright yellow flower color and red markings to come through from Regal Gillieston with improved flower count and size from the 'Windermere' parent.
4” pots $30

SVO 5659
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Sunny Vista 'Monster' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC)

Sunny Vista (Peewee x Yondi Tina) produces large yellows with a purple blush and purple/red lip influenced by the bigibbum. 'Daylight Moon' is as good as it gets for speciosum v. curvicaule, with over 100 light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  This grex will strong stems with many flowers in colors of soft yellow and purple markings. I expect these to be very ‘chunky’ as well. 
4" pots $30

SVO 5661      
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Cheryl's Glory 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Beechwood' HCC/AOC)

Cheryl's Glory (Den. Colonial Surprise x Den. kingianum) is a 'Hot/Cold' hybrid with broad temperature tolerance.  'Beechwood' is an excellent quality speciosum with particularly nice flower color and arrangement.  I am expecting straight upright flower spikes in shades of lavender, but some flowers will be white to cream colored with purple lips - a very interesting combination!  Remember, even though speciosum is in the immediate background, it will not add much to the plant size.  Mature plants will be 12-14” tall.
4” pots $30

SVO 5663 
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Sunny Vista 'Monster' Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS)

Sunny Vista (Peewee x Yondi Tina) produces large bright yellows with a purple blush from the influence of bigibbum.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - very impressive!   I expect these to be good yellows with a faint red blush, high flower count and very chunky blooms.  This is a really nice cross, similar to SVO 5668.
4” pots $30

SVO 5664      
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Golden Vista 'Big & Bold' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS)

This cross has excellent potential and is as current as any Aussie Native breeding in Australia.  The Golden Vista (Class x Star of Gold) is a large yellow flower with heavy red markings on the edges of the segments and a lip covered with red spots.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - really an impressive display!  I expect these will be good yellows with a few red markings, high flower count and big chunky blooms.  This is a really nice cross!  Similar to SVO 5333.
4” pots $30

SVO 5667      
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Blushing Vista 'SVO' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS)

Blushing Vista (Gillieston Jazz x Rutherford Blushing Bride) is a good grower and bloomer, with dark lavender flowers and some white at the base of the segments.  The Dunokayla carries solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - quite impressive!  I expect these to produce chunky blooms with high flower count and flower color ranging from lavender to soft yellows.
4” pots $30

SVO 5668
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Sunny Vista 'Sun Blast' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS )

Sunny Vista (Peewee x Yondi Tina) produces large light yellows with a purple blush, showing the influence of bigibbum.  The Dunokayla produces solid yellow chunky flowers with 20 or more blooms per stem - very nice!   I expect these to be good yellows with a faint red blush, high flower count and chunky blooms.  This is a really nice cross, similar to SVO 5663.
4” pots $30

SVO 5669
Den. Australian Artist
(Den. Cobber 'Violet Gold' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC)

In August 2013 I attended the Melbourne Spectacular Orchid Show and saw many Australian Artists in bloom there. I was really impressed with how nicely they were flowering, with strong upright spikes, light yellow blooms and purple-red spotting.  These are really spectacular and make excellent display plants.  A proven cross with excellent qualities.  First to bloom picture   Same as 5304.
4” pots $30

SVO 5671      
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS)

Victorian Bride has a 'chunky' flower with a white background and bold dark purple markings - quite the attention getter!  The Dunokayla is a special plant that holds 20+ chunky yellow flowers per stem.  Here we are expecting flowers with a yellow base color and dark purple-red markings on top.  These are very promising and should be spectacular!
4” pots $30

SVO 5677      
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC)

Victorian Bride has a 'chunky' flower with a white background and bold dark purple markings.  A blooming specimen is a sight to behold!  'Daylight Moon' is as good as it gets for speciosum v. curvicaule, with over 100 light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  This grex will produce great stems and flowers ranging in color, with many soft yellows and purple markings.
4” pots $30

SVO 5678      
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Cobber 'Violet Gold' x Den. Dunokayla 'Tuyet' AM/AOS)

Cobber has been used successfully in a number of hybrids, and the Dunokayla has the potential to produce hybrids with 20 or more flowers.  This pairing will give us yellow flowers with dark purple-red markings.  These will have good upright stems - very promising!
4” pots $30

 

 

 

 

 

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