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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. Maria 'Purple Magic' x Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Pink Ring')

The Maria grex is proving to be an impressive one. Beautiful flowers and exceptional vigor. Expect full, flat formed flowers, of award quality. These will be in a stunning range of patterns and flashes of color. Plants will be great growers.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Maria 'Purple Magic' Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Pink Ring'


(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 Lemon 'Purple Dash' x Sarco. Kulnura Marbled 'Marble Delight' HCC/AOC)

I am a fan of the white flashes in these pink flowers. It adds an extra dimension to the flower. These will be good sized blooms from vigorous plants. There is also the chance for red from this cross as Kulnura Marbled should carry recessive red genes.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Lemon 'Purple Dash' Sarco. Kulnura Marbled 'Marble Delight' HCC/AOC


(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 Stroke 'Red Sep' x Sarco. Kulnura Flood 'Tosh')

Exciting combination! This cross brings two of our largest flower blood lines, Bunyip in the Kulnura Stroke and Kulnura Scoop in the Kulnura Flood, together. Not only do we expect huge flowers, but also superior, full shaped flowers that are displayed on arching stems.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Stroke 'Red Sep' Sarco. Kulnura Flood 'Tosh'


(Sarco. Kulnura Ballerina 'Rod' x Sarco. Kulnura Fireball 'Intense' AD/AOC)

Looking at Kulnura Ballerina you may not be impressed. Its importance lies in its parentage, Bunyip x Kulnura Dazzel. We are looking for 100% reds and an increase in the flower size. The Kulnura Fireball grex are very floriferous, but on the small side of what we expect in a modern Sarco. These parents are very complementary.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Ballerina 'Rod'

Sarco. Kulnura Fireball 'Intense' AD/AOC


(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 Cinnamon 'Peach' x Sarco. Kulnura Maestro 'Peach')

This is a very interesting hybrid. This will test the way dilution is inherited in Sarcochilus and the nature of this style. There is the very slight chance of alba yellow coming from a cross like this. As grandparents on both sides carry the alba factor. The expectation is for peach pinks from very floriferous plants.
3” pots $22

Sarco. Kulnura Cinnamon 'Peach' Sarco. Kulnura Maestro 'Peach'


(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'


[(Sarco. Parma x Sarco. Madge) 'Bigun' x Sarco. Kulnura Joy 'Golden Snow' )]

A double dose of Madge in this cross. Expect 100% poached eggs with bright golden centers. The use of ‘Bigun' is intended to increase size of flower, while still having the full form we expect from a Madge hybrid.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Parma x Sarco. Madge) 'Bigun' Sarco. Kulnura Joy 'Golden Snow'


(Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Deep Velvet' x Sarco. Kulnura Ridgeback 'Rosy')

We will see deep pink and red from these seedings. 'Rosy' is a red “carrier” and by combining with the “showing” ‘Deep velvet', we will see red offspring. Here we are looking for improved form in the darkest reds.
3” pots $20

Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Deep Velvet' Sarco. Kulnura Ridgeback 'Rosy'


(Sarco. Parma 'Lemon Drop' HCC/AOC x Sarco. Kulnura Kaleidoscope 'Chesell')

Here we see the use of a different S. Parma looking for full yellows. We are looking for the deep coloring of ‘Chesell' to pair with the speckled yellow of ‘Lemon Drop' to create golden speckled flowers as distinct from the solid gold flowers we see in other yellow hybrids. Full formed flowers and lots of them from this cross.
3” pots $22

Sarco. Parma 'Lemon Drop' HCC/AOC Sarco. Kulnura Kaleidoscope 'Chesell'


G138        NEW
(Sarco. Nicky’s Twin 'Voo Doo' x Sarco. Kulnura Harrow 'Extreme')

This cross is a departure from our core philosophy regarding the genetics of Sarcochilus. Crosses with S. hurticalcar progeny have regularly led to reduced fertility in the offspring. When it comes to the big guns of Sarcochilus, they don’t get any bigger than ‘Voo Doo’. This is the first series I have used it and from what we have seen from other hybridizers, we can expect reds and deep pinks on long-arching stems flowering early in the season. Highly recommended
3” pots $22

Sarco. Nicky’s Twin 'Voo Doo' Sarco. Kulnura Harrow 'Extreme'






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