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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 6197
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
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
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 6509      
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 6537 
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 
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
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  
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

SVO 6924       NEW
(Den. tetragonum 'Hot Lips' x Den. tetragonum 'Dark Form')

These are the large flower form or “giganteum” as they are referred to in Australia. These two were selected due to their unusual red lips and darker overall color. This is a great species that does well on a mount or in a basket.  It took a while to make these again as I wanted to be sure the best possible parents were used.
3” pots $20

SVO 7227       NEW
(Den. tetragonum 'Dark Red' x Den. tetragonum 'Red Red Lip')

The parents are the “giganteum” form with larger flower size. These two were selected due to their unusual red lips and darker overall flower color. This is a great species that does well on a mount or in a basket.  It took a while to make these again as I wanted to be sure the best possible parents were used.
3” pots $20

SVO 7230       NEW
(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       NEW
(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 7282       NEW
(Den.  Golden Vista 'Big & Bold' x Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOC)

Chunky Australian native flowers are a good thing.Golden Vista (Class x Star of Gold) has those chunky flowers, great color and bloom size.The renowned for its breeding capabilities of 'Windermere' will allow the flower color to come through increase flower count and improve stem length.  All in all, this is a great pairing for chunky light yellows.
3” pots $20

SVO 7284       NEW
(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       NEW
(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 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 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 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

 

 

 

 

 

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