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2019 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 7232      NEW
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Star Sparkler 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x Den. speciosum 'Mick's Orange')

Star Sparkler (Star Imp x Jesmond Sparkler) was quite a sight when awarded, with 77 flowers on 9 spikes - that's 8-9 flowers on each inflorescence! The flower shape is reminiscent of its grandparent, tetragonum: petals and sepals are a green-yellow with bold random blotches of dark red along the margins. 'Mick's Orange' is a uniquely-colored speciosum, the most orange-flowered speciosum anyone has seen. We hope some of this amazing color will influence the offspring.  Here we expect the progeny to have improved shape and color from the speciosum parent, and Star Sparkler will add flower size, nice shape, and spots of color, as well as fast-growing plants that are easy to cultivate and bloom.
3” pots $22

SVO 7701      NEW
Den. NEW HYBRID [(Den. Sunny Vista x Dunokayla) 'Chunky Gold' x Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO']

'Chunky Gold' has an amazing, large, full-shaped flower with a memorable golden color. Strong plants produce upright stems of 15 or more blooms. Regal Gillieston has a superb plant habit and beautiful light-yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip. I am expecting full 'chunky'-shaped flowers with great color and flower habit. Mature plants will be 12-14” tall.
3” pots $20

SVO 7712       NEW
Den Royal Vista (Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Regal Gillieston has an excellent plant habit and lovely light-yellow flowers with a blush of red and a solid red lip. Den. speciosum 'Windermere' is considered by many Australians to be perhaps the best-breeding speciosum, as it allows color from the other parent to come through in the offspring. It's a great flower producer, with inflorescences that can carry 60 or more light yellow flowers per inflorescence. This type of breeding makes for great flower color and improved bloom count. When speciosum is in the immediate background of a hybrid like this, plant size is a recessive trait. These will have a maximum height of 12-14” tall. I believe this is one of the most promising crosses, and already the seedlings are showing excellent vigor. A definite must-have!
3” pots $20

SVO 7713       NEW
Den Royal Vista (Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Beechwood' HCC/AOC)

Here we have used 'Beechwood' with its excellent, medium yellow flowers, up to 80 per inflorescence.  As with SVO 7712, this is a very promising cross and not to be missed.
3” pots $20

SVO 6880 
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 7230    
(Den. Brimbank Fire 'Fantastic Spots' x Den. speciosum 'Mick's Orange')

Here is modern high color Aussie Den breeding:  Brimbank Fire (Ray's Dream x speciosum) hybridized by Michael Drobsky has been a 'ripper' with excellent flower color, size and presentation. 'Mick's Orange' is truly a unique speciosum its color is the most amazing orange. As both parents are very colorful, we are hoping for remarkable color combinations, large flowers of good shape well displayed on long stems will be the norm.
3” pot $22

SVO 7233    
(Den. Star Sparkler 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Star Sparkler (Star Imp x Jesmond Sparkler) was quite a sight when awarded with 77 flowers on 9 spikes that's over 8 flowers for each inflorescence! The flower shape is reminiscent of its grandparent, tetragonum; the petals and sepals are a green-yellow with bold random blotches of dark red along the margins.In Australia 'Windermere' is renowned for its breeding capabilities: it is recessive for color and dominant for flower count.  This is a great pairing and the results will be a lot like SVO 7232
3” pots $20

SVO 7284  
(Den. Golden Vista 'Big & Bold' x Den. Yondi Tina 'Goliath' FCC/AOC)

Golden Vista (Class x Star of Gold) has nice chunky flowers, great color and bloom size. Not many FCC/AOC are given in Australia, Yondi Tina (Nerang x Star of Gold) is one exceptional plant, great yellow color, excellent shape and high flower count. This style of breeding is called 'line breeding' it is a process where related plants which have been selected for common desired characteristics are crosses together, it has proven is an effective way to accentuate the good qualities in a breeding line. Star of Gold (falcorostrum x tetragonum) appears as a grandparent in both parents, this will reinforce yellow color, the starry shapes and ease of growth and blooming. We are looking forward to seeing this bloom.
3” pots $20

SVO 7286  
(Den. Aussie Candy 'SVO' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

The parents of Aussie Candy are (Peewee x Lynette Banks) the flowers have a warn color with a hint of yellow and a rose blush, great stems holding 15 plus flowers. Renowned for its breeding capabilities 'Windermere' will allow the flower color to come through increase flower count and improve stem length.  We are expecting light yellow flowers with light rose blushing, strong stems will carry 20 plus flowers from this is a great pairing.
3” pots $20

 

 

Australian Dendrobium 4” pot listing

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 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 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. Victorian Bride 'Genesis' x Den. speciosum v. curvicaule 'Daylight Moon' FCC/AOC
Victorian Bride has a chunky flower with a white background color and dark purple markings. They are very showy blooms. 'Daylight Moon' is as good as it gets, with over 100 chunky light yellow blooms per inflorescence.  This grex will give great stems and flowers ranging in color, with many soft yellows and purple markings 
4” pots $30

SVO 6155
Den. Regal Gillieston 'SVO' x Den. Aussie Parade 'Carrot Splash' 
Regal Gillieston flowers profusely in the spring and has beautiful light yellow flowers with a red blush and a solid red lip.  Its plant habit is exceptional.  Aussie Parade will bring its yellow and orange colors to this cross as well as its compact plant stature.  Expect flowers in shades of yellow with red markings.  This cross represents a very nice, new style of breeding and may very well be my best cross of 2015.
4” pots $30

SVO 6172
Den. Brimbank You Beauty 'Vivid Purple' x Den. Victorian Bride 'Genesis'
Brimbank You Beauty 'Vivid Purple' is a solid purple flower (pictured is a sibling as a reference for flower form), and Victorian Bride has flowers with a white background and bold dark purple markings.  With this cross I am expecting the offspring to bloom with dark purple colors or purple bars over a white background.  These will produce lots of upright flower spikes and have the 'chunky' bloom shape everyone is looking for.  As a bonus, the plants will be compact, reaching a maximum of 12” tall.
4” pots $30

SVO 6280
Den. speciosum [Den. speciosum var. curvicaule ('Dave's Gold' x 'Daylight Moon') x Den. speciosum var. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC]
A top shelf cross, ('Dave's Gold' x 'Daylight Moon') has chunky flowers with excellent yellow color and superior arrangement. The breeding capabilities of 'Windermere' are well documented, and since it's recessive for color, the color of the other parent comes through in the progeny. Here we are going to see yellow flowers of superior size, arrangement and count. The plants of this intervarietal cross are expected to be excellent growers.
4” pots $35

SVO 6436
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Hilda Poxon 'SVO' x Den. Yondi Tina 'Goliath' FCC/AOC)
Large starry yellow flowers are what his grex is all about. Hilda Poxon (speciosum x tetragonum) is an amazing primary hybrid, with many large green-yellow spidery flowers. The Yondi Tina (Nerang x Star of Gold) used here received the top award from the Australian Orchid Concil. Bright yellow flowers, some with a few red spots, with excellent stems and presentation. This is a superior pairing.
4” pots $30

SVO 6508
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.
4” pots $30

SVO 6534
Den. NEW HYBRID (Den. Yondi Blush  'SVO #2' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)
Yondi Blush (Yondi x Peewee) has an a nice flower arangement and presentation on its  strong stem. Flowers are light yellow with a red blush and red lip. The cultivar 'Windermere' is well documented to be recessive for color and will greatly increase flower quantity without much influence on plant size.
4” pots $30

SVO 6537
Den. Australian Robbie McInnes (Den. Aussie Parade 'Carrot Splash' HCC/AOS x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)
Aussie Parade (Aussie Ira x Star of Gold) has an almost orange flower with bold red spots and a shape that shows the tetragonum in its ancestry. Renowned for its breeding capabilities, '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!
4” pots $30 
  
    

 

 

 

 

 

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