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Sunset Valley Orchids 2019-20 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 Secure 'Hot Dot'x Sarco. Kulnura Zonke 'Red Wave')

This is a great combination to give wild, bright red blotches over a white background. We should see excellent vigour and spike production from this mating. We flowered some seedling with similar expectation last year, and they are very eye catching. Strong plant growth
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Absolute 'Dot' x Sarco. Kulnura Secure 'Ghost')

More than just wildly spotted flowers! Often the spotted Sarcochilus are quite open in the shape department. By using Kulnura Absolute 'Dot' we are bringing the improvement power of Bunyip to this mating. Expect lots of upright spikes of the most vivid, crystalline white flowered covered in pepper spotting of pink/red. Strong plant growth. First to bloom picture

3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Midnight' x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles')

The Kulnura Dazzel grex carry and interesting mix of genes. On the one hand we have the spotted line that has made most of our stunning spotted flowers and is now showing good potential in the starburst line. On the other side is the recessive red. The shape of the reds requires some filling in. This cross will be a step in that direction, there will be no reds produced here. We will see deep two-tone pinks through to starburst patterning, very reminiscent of the wonderful Kulnura Momentum grex. Strong plant growth. Check out this first to bloom

3” pots $20

(Sarco.  Madge 'Free' xSarco. Kulnura High 'Lemon Cent')

I recently spoke to a grower who ask me if I made what he called a back cross. My answer is yes, and here is a great example. Kulnura High is Madge x Bunyip. By going back to Madge, we will intensify the yellow center and round up the flower. Some of the nicest “Poached eggs” we have produced will come from this cross. Strong plant growth.
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Hot Ice 'Solid' x Sarco. Bunyip 'Forest Fruit')

Hot Ice 'Solid' has made some exceptional hybrids, Kulnura Festival and Kulnura Scoop to name two. In combination with Bunyip 'Forest Fruit' we are expecting another sensational starburst style hybrid. Bunyip make large, fully rounded flowers. These will be no exception. 
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Spice 'Halo' AM-AD/AOC x Sarco. Sweetheart 'Speckles')

This is a remake of the Kulnura Momentum grex. These plants will be super-fast to bloom from small plants. The colours will be clear double and triple tone pinks through to starburst style. Wonderfully full rounded form of high award standard. Exceptional flowers on arching stems.
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Solid Pink' x Sarco. Bunyip 'Forest Fruit')

I am no longer breeding for simple solid pinks. I believe that the double tone style has a broader appeal. This combination will yield a high percentage of the double tone, which are pink flowers with red centers. There will also be solid reds and some star burst types as well. Expect full shaped flowers of award quality on long arching stems. Great vigour in the growth. First two to bloom Picture  Picture
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Heidi 'Purity'x Sarco. Heidi 'Colossus')

These large clear whites are simply stunning. Large, clean and showy flowers that stand out in the modern colour pallet. This is the fourth generation of line bred Heidi from our program. They display well on long arching stems.
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Festival 'Splat' x Sarco. Maria 'Purple Magic')

These are two of our most impressive flowers. They both present on gracefully arching stems. We will see deep starburst coloring style in full rounded flowers. These will be of the highest quality seen, seriously nice flowers.
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Dazzel 'Multi Purple' x Sarco. Bunyip 'Forest Fruit')

This is what I call a red development cross. We know that several of the Bunyip's carry the recessive red gene. When you combine a solid red with one of these “carriers” we see the red expressed. This one such example. Expect a proportion of solid deep reds and the rest strong pinks with deeper centers.
3” pots $20

(Sarco. Kulnura Roundup 'Multi Spot' x Sarco. Kulnura Secure 'Shapely')

Further refinement of the spot and tip style in this cross. As the name suggests 'Shapley' is a lovely full formed flower showing wonderful solid tips. By combining it with 'Multi spot' we should see increased spiking and great spotting.
3” pots $20





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