Fdk. Darkest Desire 'Brittany's Dark Side' AM/AOS (80 points)
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I am now able to ship plants. Thanks to all of you who have been waiting Habenarias: If you have never tried Habenarias, these are very easy to grow and extremely rewarding. They make excellent plants to grow in the home. They go dormant after flowering and so there is no humidity problem during the winter. Also, they frequently multiply by forming more than one tuberoid for the following year. Also you have me to help you! I will send a culture sheet with every Habenaria ordered and I'm always available to help you through and problems you may have. (The Habenaria photos are from AOS award records.) I do not ship Habinarias unless they are in active growth. This can be any time from spring to summer. This way I can guarantee that you will get a healthy plant. When a particularspecies or hybrid is ready to ship I will mark it as "Ready To Ship". NO HABENARIAS ARE READY TO SHIP YET!
All Habenarias are $25.00 each. Habenaria Flamingo (Hab. erichmichaelii X carnea) These will produce beautiful pink flowers (some a bit darker in the center). Hab. carnea is very influential in this cross. It lends a beautiful, full flower and the leaves are various shades between green and brown with light colored markings making them beautiful even when not in bloom! These are also very floriferous and when mature can produce an incredible bouquet.
Habenaria Mayfly (Conure X lindleyana) This cross received an Award of Quality from the American Orchid Society which is the most difficult ward to get. It requires a presentation of at least 12 plants of the cross with at least 1 having a flower quality award. Mayfly's colors are predominately white with pastel overtones of salmon to peach. On rare occasion they can be yellow. To me they look like birds in flight.
Habenaria dentata This is a striking species when in flower. Tall heads of crystalline white flowers are produced above medium green foliage. The inflorescences should be staked as they can be tall and fairly heavy. They can bear as many as 15 flowers per inflorescence. The leaves are solid medium green. These are young unbloomed plants that should flower this year.
Habenaria rhodocheila This is a very popular species. Although the color can be variable, because of the parents that were used these are all coming out bright orange. They are compact growers that produce about 10 flowers per spike on a mature plant.
New Paphs. Only 3 of each variety available. Prices as marked.
Paph. Perfectly Superb (Fred Perfected 'Dark Maven' X Superb Fred 'Flying High Lehua' HCC/AOS) I have seen one photo of this. Petals are apple green transitioning to reddish pink towards the ends and covered with fine spots. The dorsal sepal is striped and apple green at the base that gives way to the save pinkish red. The pouch is garnet red. $25.00
Paph. Odette's Whim (Odette's Fantasy 'Magenta Magnificence' X Macabre Pops 'Red Sentinal') One of these has already been awarded. Dorsal sepal is pink overlaid maroon striated dark maroon appearing almost black. Petals are green at the base quickly transitioning to dark maroon. Pouch maroon. $25.00
Paph. Odette in Red (Petula's Magic 'Red Dominance X Odette's Vision 'Red Rampant') Hoping for large vinicolor flowers on tall spikes. The dorsal and synsepal will be nicely striped a deep garnet black. One award on this already! $25.00
Paph. Odette's Scope (Odette's Charm 'Pink Blush' X Stella Scope 'Yellow Desire') Expect petals to be green brushed red with large spots. Dorsal will be white striped in green, and a green pouch overlaid maroon with darker veination reminiscent of venustum. $25.00
Paph. Montera Vogue (Montera Moth 'Pink Tints' X Vogue Wonder 'OZNote Three & Half') It's hard to go wrong with 4 awards on this grex already! Dorsal will have a white to light green background with green stripes. Petals will be yellow to green with spotting and possibly light maroon. Pouch will be yellow ro green with light maroon overlay and possibly some veining. $25.00
Paph. victoria-marie (Bulbous Pink' X self) This is a species that is sequential flowering. The dorsal sepal is a rich apple green that fades to almost white. Petals are green overlaid with rich maroon. There are also fine spots and the petals twist and undulate. The pouch is a beautiful pink. $35.00
Paph. Deperle (delanatii fma. vinicolor 'Dark Glow' X primulinum fma. purpurascens 'Tall 50') Deperle is a very popular hybrid that has many awards. It is sequential flowering and can often have two flowers open at once. The dorsal is usually yellow fading to white and may have a blush of pink. Petals often have a heavier pink blush. Because both parents have dark pouches we hope to see pouches of pink to purple. These are gorgeous plants to add to your collection. $35.00
Paph. Tomiko Star (Mele Star 'Yoko' X Tomatillo 'August Green') This is a bulldog type Paph. If the Tomitillo parent is any indication, these will be incredibly large flowers with heavy substance. They will be green with probably a white edge on the dorsal sepal. $40.00
Paph. Irish Lovely (Irish Fair 'Lehua's Mrs. Song' HCC/AOS X Stone Lovely 'Green Angel') Another bulldog, this one will be green to yellow with a wide white margin on the dorsal. Form and substance of both parents is very good. $40.00
Paph. Garnet Crown (wardii 'Chocolate Drop' HCC/AOS X rothschildianum 'Lisa') This has 1 AOS award thus far and I'm hoping for more. There are a couple of given features with rothschildianum as a parent. The first is these are fairly large plants but the foliage is beautifully mottled from the contribution of wardii. Another roth feature is that these are multifloral. I'm expecting 2 - 4 flowers per stem. The dorsal will be large and yellow with brownish red stripes. The petals will be yellow suffused with reddish brown and fine dark brown spotting. The pouch is the same yellow/reddish brown and can also have darker veining. One thing that wardii will do is allow these to bloom easily. A truly majestic plant! $50.00
Paph. Scruples (Pandemonium 'California Calling' X Keyeshill 'Pu'u O'o Glow') Scruples is another remake. This is a bulldog type of Paph. The predominate color will be a reddish bronze with the dorsal having a white border. The petals will be wide and more red as will the pouch. Texture will be shiny with heavy substance. These are real show stoppers!!!! $50.00
Paph. Pinocchio (glaucophyllum X primulnum) This is a classic hybrid that has been made many times and for good reasons. The flowers have a green dorsal with dark green striping.nicely spotted petals, and a soft pink pouch. Nice, tall spikes produce flowers sequentially for 8 months or more. If you like sequentially flowered Paphs this should be on your want list! $18.00 Plants are in 3" pots and 1-2 years from blooming.
Paph. Amelia Hart Alexander X moquettianum This is another sequentially blooming hybrid. I am expecting round, green dorsals with a soft pink lip. The petals will have a cream background with many fine spots like they are peppered. $25.00 Plants are in 3.5" pots and are near blooming size.
Paph. Conco-bellatulum (concolor X bellatulum) This is a delightful hybrid in the Brachypetalum section. The leaves are light green with darker veination and other markings. The spikes are short so it appears that the flower sits on top of the leaves. One or occasionally two flowers are produced. The background color is light yellow with all segments covered with fine brown spots. The flowers are very round. Note: Brachypetalum Paphs grow in areas where limestone is very common. I add oyster shells as a top dressing to add the needed calcium. $15.00 Plants are in 3" pots and 2-3 years from blooming.
Paph. Norito Hasagawa (malipoense X armeniacum) This primary hybrid is with 2 species in the Parvisepalum section and one of the best Parvi hybrids ever made. Norito Hasagawa has earned many flower quality awards from the AOS. The flowers can be up to 4" across and are borne on a tall spike. The color is yellow-green with burgundy on the column shield and fine burgundy spots on the petals. With age the flower usually becomes more yellow. These like to be a bit on the cool side ((60F or lower) and a little drier in winter. The species grow on limestone so I add oyster shell to the mix. $20.00 Plants are in 3" pots and 2-4 years to bloom.
Paph. Fumi's Delight (armeniacum X micranthum) This is another Parvisepalum hybrid that has won multiple awards. Tall spikes bear flowers that are very large for the plant size. The base color is butter yellow with dark red veining on the petals and at times also on the dorsal sepal. The culture is the same as what I mentioned for Norito Hawagawa above. $18.00 Plants are in 2" pots and about 3 years to bloom.
Catasetinae: Catasetums and their relatives have become extremely popular. Below is a selection from Sunset Valley Orchids that is sure to please.Most of the descriptions are from Sunset Valley.
(Ctsm. Extravaganza 'Super Nice' x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Super Nice') With both cultivars named 'Super Nice,' guess what we are expecting? Of course, super nice flowers! Extravaganza (Karen Armstrong x Louise Clarke) has surprisingly large flowers for the plant size, and Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum) has flowers in bold colors. This mini-Catasetum will be easy to grow and will flower freely, with large richly-colored flowers on small plants. $25.00 4 available in 3" pots.
Brassavola Little Stars (nodosa X cordata) This is always a popular hybrid and for many reasons. The flowers look similar to nodosa and are very fragrant at night. The flowers are long lasting and are usually in good condition for well over a month. Little Stars is an incredibly easy plant to bloom and blooms reliably. Another plus is these can bloom twice a year. There is virtually no rhizome between the growths so it is really easy to have a plant with many growths in a relatively small pot. $25.00 available in 4" pots. These are multi lead plants and are blooming size.
C. Volcano Clown 'Volcano Queen' This is a very colorful standard size splash petal. The petals have the same colors as the lip - a white background with yellow in the center and bright magenta lining ruffled petals and lip. Sepals are a liavender with white center. If you like splash petals this will knock your socks off! 2" pots $12.00 3" pots $15.00
C. Bright Spark (C. Tiny Rubies X C. cernua) These will be true miniatures and will bloom in 2" pots. The color on most will be intense orange while a few will turn out red. While most minis only bear 1 or 2 flowers, these will have 3 - 5. These are a remake of a very successful cross. 2" pots $12.00
C. Seagulls Mini-Cat Heaven X Rlc. Kat E-Sun Seagulls Mini-Cat Heaven is an incredible mini. It's parents are C. Beaufort X C. Tangerine Jewel. Rlc. Kat E-Sun is C. Beaufort X Rlc. Sunset Bay. I'm looking for near miniature plants of yellow to light orange with very dark red lips. The form should be very good! 2" pots $20.00 These are near blooming size and should bloom on their next growth.
C. Orpetii X C. luteola C. Orpetii is one of the best miniatures ever c reated. It is C. pumila X C. coccinea. The colors are intense purple or red. When crossed with luteola I'm expecting to see red to orange. I'm hoping to see round flowers and plants not to exceed 6". 2" pots $12.00
C. schilleriana This species has a reputation of being difficult to cultivate. These are growing very nicely in sphagnum moss with a clay pot. It needs good light and high humidity to do well but it's worth the trouble when it blooms. The sepals and petals are olive green with dark garnet red spots. The lip has a white background with yellow infusion in the center and bright magenta veining. These are also incredibly fragrant. It's a just reward for your efforts! 3" clay pots $18.00
Epicyclia Mem. Norman Wood (Epi. magnoliae X Enc. tampensis) Epi magnoliae is a miniature (6") plant that produces a nice spike of yellow to green flowers. Matched with tampense, I'm hoping for very compact plants with green flowers that have purple on a white lip. A true cutie that won't out grow your collection. $12.00 7 plants available in 2" pots. Seedling size.
Blc. Hawaiian Leopard 'Mei-Ling' AM/AOS This is possibly the best Bl. Richard Mueller crosses made. Flowers are golden yellow peppered with fine crimson spots. The lip has these spots coalesce into lines with the edge almost solid crimson. Up to 5 4" flowers are produced and can bloom more than once a year. $18.00 3 plants in 3" pots. Probably 2 years to flower. PHOTO
[(Blc. Izumi Charm x C. Candy Tuff) 'SVO' x Blc. Schroder's Love 'SVO' AM/AOS] Long-lived flowers are always welcome, and flower longevity is partly why this pairing was made. The other reason is the development of pastel flower colors with full shape on strong stems. Schroder's Love is particularly nice with its soft pink flowers and full-shaped lip with an eye-catching orange throat on a strong stem of 4-5 blooms. The (Blc. Izumi Charm x C. Candy Tuff) parent has very long-lived flowers lasting 6-8 weeks in great condition. Flower color is a soft light pink with a touch of red on the lip, and the strong stems hold 4-5 flowers apiece. $25.00 4 available in 4" pots. Blooming size.
(Pot. Lee's Ruby 'Valentine Gift' x Pot. Tutankamen 'Pop' AM/AOS) The appeal of big clusters of waxy red flowers is undeniable. Lee's Ruby (Pot. Martha Clarke x C. Chocolate Drop) produces strong spikes of 9-11 glossy red flowers with much fuller shape than Chocolate Drop. Tutankamen (C. Chocolate Drop x Slc. Mae Hawkins) has the deepest burgundy-red flower color with good stems of 7-9 rather large flowers. These will have impressive heads of super, glossy, dark burgundy-red flowers held above the foliage $25.00 2 available in 4" pots. Blooming size.
C. Claesiana (C. intermedia v. aquinii 'SVO Starburst' AM/AOS x C. loddigesii 'Tamiami Thunder' AM/AOS) Wow, wow, wow! This is an excellent classic hybrid made in the aquinii form, and the parents are of the highest flower quality. These plants will bloom in March, which is perfect for the spring show season. Flower quality is expected to be outstanding, and the soft pink blooms will have white flared petals tipped in purple!! A must-have for the serious collector. $25.00 3 available in 3" pots. Blooming size.
Masdevallias: A note on Masdevallias: Many who try Masdevallias have been unsuccessful. These plants generally need cool temperatures and high humidity. Air movement is also necessary because cool, damp conditions are breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi. Even the warmth tolerant species and hybrids need to be grown with these conditions as much as possible. If you grow these beauties in the house be sure to use the “double potting” technique. All of the below plants are divisions and are blooming size.
I will list Masdevallias when I make divisions and they are established.
Bulbophyllums: A note on Bulbophyllums: This is the largest genus in the Orchid family comprising over 2600 species. There is very little work done on hybrids but results are promising. The main requirement for these is humidity. At least 60% with optimum of 80%. Temp. is intermediate - warm.Another important consideration is air movement. Sphagnum moss (only 2" deep) is the preferred potting media. I have begun to use fine bark as a top dressing to prevent algae from forming on the moss. Good water quality is important and the plants like to be kept very moist in the growing season. As the weather cools lighten up a bit on watering but do not allow to dry. Bulbos like light in the Phalaenopsis to Oncidium range.
The following Bulbophyllums are in 2" pots and priced at $12.00 each
Bulb. Dottie August (Louis Sander X hirundinis) - Small grower with striped flowers in the shape of longissimum.
Bulb. frostii X veitchianum 'A-doribil' - More compact expectations. I am guessing a yellow background with burgandy markings.
Bulb. Doris Dukes (rothschildianum X fascinator var. semi alba) - Doris Dukes has already won several awards. I'm not sure if using a semi alba fascinator will make a difference.
Bulb. Elizabeth Ann X lasciochilum 'Dark' I'm hoping for compact plants with dark flowers. I think lasiochilum will result in fewer flowers and the sepals will be opened up. Very Interesting!
Bulb. Purple Slippers X echinolabium - Purple Slippers is (frostii X guttalatum). It seems that guttalatum is dominant. When crossed with echinolabium I am expecting flowers that are star shaped. They may have yellow backgrounds with spotting. Size will be compact.
Bulb. macraei - This species is from se. Asia and is fairly rare in collections. The leaves can get fairly large (up to a foot in length) and are wide. In summer up to 6 pale yellow to pink flowers are formed in an umbel.
Bulb. tingabarinum X plumatum - This is a charming miniature hybrid that will bloom in a 2" pot with small umbels of yellow flowers with pastel colorings of orange to pink. This is a truly charming plant.
Bulb. mastersianum Dusky orange umbels with fine rose overtones.
Bulb. J.M. Guilloty 'Wade's Orchids' X bicolor This should be an easy grower. One of my favorite bulbos, J.M. Guillaty is (annandalei X frostii) and is a constant bloomer with stripped on a tawny yellow background. I am hoping that bicolor will make the striping more prominent. I'm really looking forward to seeing these bloom!
The following are divisions from my plants. They are blooming size.
Bulb. Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS This is a cross of rothschildianum X longissimum. Rosettes of flowers are produced in the fall with fused sepals up to a foot long. The background is off white with pink stripes.. Makes a good specimen plant! 4" pots $25.00 " Bulb. falcatum 'Standing Tall' AM/AOS This is an incredible spring blooming species. It is a member of the section Megaclinium where the flowers are borne alternately on a flattened flower spike called a "rachis". In this clone, the rachis is garnet red and the flowers are bright yellow! Also, falcatum has the wonderful habit of branching freely which makes for a wonderful specimen plant. These are divisions from the origonal plant. 4" pots $25.00
Bulb. Frostii Ann 'Wade's Orchids' Here we have Elizabeth Ann crossed with frostii. The flowers have the general shape of frostii but are larger. 'Wade's Orchids' is 3 1/2" tall. The background color is soft white on the sepals and intensely spotted garnet red almost to the point where the red is the only color visible. The petals and lip are solid garnet red. Four to seven flowers are produced on a spike arranged in a semi circle. I give this a bit more light than most of my Bulbos of this type because of the frostii. Flowering season is summer to fall. PHOTO 4" pots $25.00
Miscellaneous species and hybrids:
Angraecum florulentum (Comoro Islands) This is as close as you will come to a perfect Angraecum. It is small growing and will do well in a pot or mounted with some moss to retain moisture. This is not an easy species to find. 2" pots $12.00 These are small plants.
Gomesa radicans (formerly Stigmatostylix) These members of the Oncidium alliance bloom early fall on spikes of small white flowers. they are lightly fragrant and very easy to grow. They are also good candidates for growing under lights as they don't get over 6" tall. Very tolerant of conditions and very reliable. $22.00 2 available These are mounted on cork and in spike.
Maxillaria variabilis 'Dark Eyes' Max. variabilis is commonly seen with yellow flowers. This one is intense blood red! It is just as easily grown as the other forms and a reliable winter bloomer that will continue to send flowers for 2 months on mature plants. $20.00 4 available in 2" pots. Blooming size. (available starting June)
Oncidium ampliatum (Central America) The common name for this is "The tortoise shell orchid" because of its compressed and rounded psuedobulbs which become wrinkled and spotted with age. Large plants can get flower spikes up to 3 feet long with 50 or more flowers on branching sprays. The sepals have light brown markings on a yellow background while the prominent petals and lip are clear yellow. I grow these drier than most Oncidiums and with a bit more light - essentially like a Cattleya. This is a unique and desirable species. $20.00 1-2 years from blooming
Oerstedella centradina (Costa Rica) This species was in Epidendrums but now has been moved to its own genus. These are very easy and rewarding species to bloom. Thin stems reminiscent of bamboo grow 1 to 2 feet tall and flower in the spring. The flowers are produced up to a dozen per spike, are about an inch across and soft lavender color. The spring bloomers last over a month in flower. I grow these in medium bark with some wine corks thrown in. Even though they are true epiphytes and need lots of air around the roots they also like to be watered frequently. These grow into beautiful specimen plants rather quickly. $20.00 Blooming size in 3" pots.
Phragmipedium Sorcerer's Apprentice 'Trinity' AM/AOS X self) This is a selfing of one ot the best Sorcerer's Apprentice ever shown. Tkhese are large plants that initiate flower spikes in spring. They are sequential flowering and a mature plant can have flowers year round. Mine has not be without flowers for over 6 years. The best will have flowers over 4" across. The overall color is green with varying amounts of reddish brown on the outer half of the petals and also on the pouch. These are show plants!!! $15.00 2" pots
Stenoglottis longifolia Stenoglottis are endemic to Natal. This terrestrial is easy to grow and can make incredible specimen plants. These are deciduous plants which begin to lose their leaves in the fall after flowering. Although the plant is compact the flower spikes can become up to 3' tall and carry over 100 flowers! The flowers are white with pink spots. This is the plant that taught me that I could grow deciduous orchids. $25.00 and $30.00 3" and 3 1/2" pot. Blooming size. PHOTO
Stenoglottis macloughlinii This is a miniature Stenoglottis.and will bloom in a 2" pot and become a specimen in a 3" pot. The flowers bloom in summer on spikes that are seldom more than 6" tall. The flowers are a uniform soft lavender. After flowering the plant begins to go dormandt until early spring. This is an incredibly beautiful miniature. $25.00 2" pots. Blooming size. PHOTO