Fdk. Darkest Desire 'Brittany's Dark Side' AM/AOS (80 points)
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Habenarias are here!!! This year's offering of Habenarias are starting to spike and are larger than last year's plants. 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.)
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.
At present I have Maudiae type Paphs. out of bloom for $20.00 each. Please call if you are interested in blooming plants.
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.
(Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Cl. dodsoniana 'Nadia Tavarez' AM/AOS) Made by our friend Mark Margolis, I believe this is a particularly insightful hybrid. There are only a few hybrids of this type that combine Clowesias with different bloom seasons. Here the winter blooming Clowesia Grace Dunn is crossed with the early summer blooming species Clowesia dodsoniana. The flower longevity of Clowesia blooms is generally 3-5 weeks, and this is an important reason we like to use them in breeding. Grace Dunn (warczewitzii x rosea) blooms from leafless bulbs in mid-winter and carries 15+ solid pink and green lemon-scented flowers with cute frilly lips on 3-4 pendulous inflorescences. Cl. dodsoniana has light green flowers with darker green stripes and a bit of lavender suffusion on the petals. Blooms are produced in early summer, and it is common for plants to produce two inflorescences with 30 or more highly fragrant blooms! The $64 dollar question is: “will these bloom in summer and again in the early winter?” I sure hope the answer is, yes! Picture this: multiple cascading inflorescences of 20 or more, fragrant, long-lived, green flowers with green stripes in the summer and again in the winter!!! $25.00 5 available in 3" pots.
(Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'SVO Sunshine' x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO') One of the first notable mini-Catasetum crosses was Chuck Taylor (denticulatum x Portagee Star). The cultivar 'SVO Sunshine' has particularly attractive flowers and is quite floriferous. Ctsm. tigrinum is a showy species, with white flowers spotted in light pink, displayed in impressive cascades of 20-25 blooms, 2 to 3 times a season. This new mini-Catasetum will produce flowers in pastel colors, spotted with burgundy, and will be easy to bloom, flowering several times a season. $25.00 3 available in 3" pots.
(Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Hoorah' x Ctsm. Isobel's Sunshine 'SVO') Melana Davison (denticulatum x Penang) 'Hoorah' is particularly beautiful due to the yellow base color of the lip and red markings throughout. This Isobel's Sunshine (Portagee Star x kleberianum) has a bright yellow lip with dark bars of burgundy on the petals and sepals. Here we are aiming for large flat yellow lips with red to burgundy petals and sepals, all on a mini-Catasetum plant. We liked the combination so much we made the cross twice! $25.00 2 available in 3" pots.
Ctsm. Sweet Adaline (Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Wonder Woman' x Ctsm. Dagny 'Fantastica') This is traditional Catasetum breeding for impressive large flowers with huge lips on arching inflorescences. The grex Louise Clarke (Susan Fuchs x Donna Wise) is my mother's namesake. This is a particularly noteworthy cultivar that regularly blooms with as many as 7 inflorescences from one pseudobulb, thus the cultivar name 'Wonder Woman'! Dagny (pileatum x Brent's Black Hawk) 'Fantastica' is also remarkable for its high flower count, deep burgundy flower color and yellow callus in the center of the lip. We expect these plants to bloom several times a season with large, beautifully-colored deep burgundy flowers with very impressive lips. $25.00 5 available in 3" pots.
(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 5 available in 3" pots.
Cl. Rebecca Northen (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Hilltop' x Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink') This is a sibling cross of two very vigorous and easy-to-grow cultivars of Cl. Rebecca Northen (Grace Dunn x rosea). The offspring will be easy to grow, and the frilly pink flowers will have a marvelous citrus fragrance reminiscent of the furniture polish, Lemon Pledge. Very long lasting flowers bloom in winter with 2-3 spikes per bulb. $25.00 5 available in 3" pots.
Mo. Barnabas Collins "SVO Dark Night' FCC/AOS X Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Jamie's Tortured Midnight' These will be show stoppers! Mo. Barnabas Collins'SVO Dark Night' has dark wine sepals. The petals and lip are lighter with large dark wine spots on the petals and lighter fringe outlining the lip. When awarded, it had 117 flowers and buds on 7 inflorescences stemming from 1 psuedobulb!!! Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Jamie's Tortured Midnight' is a large round solid burgundy which flowers 2-3 times a year. I'm looking for awards here! $25.00 5 available in 3" pots.
Bc. Mary Dodson This is a cross of B. nodosa and C. schilleriana. These, because of nodosa, are easy to grow. The flowers are tawny green and the lip is incredible!!! Large and white with incredible veination of vibrant purple. $12.00 7 plants available in 2" pots. Seedling size.
Bc. Waipuna These will go fast! The parents are B. nodosa and C. cernua. These should begin blooming in 2" pots. The plants will hopefully stay under 6" and the flowers will be bright orange stars. Need I say more? $12.00 10 plants available in 2" pots. Seedling size.
B. nodosa 'Minnie Mouse' X C. colnagoi Mini Mouse is a small growing nodosa. It is seldom over 7" plant height. This is crossed to C. colnagoi which is a true mini in size. There is some thought that this is actually L. milleri (now a cattleya). We should have multiple star shaped flowers in a darker orange range that will bloom at a small size. $12.00 10 plants available in 2" pots. Seedling size.
Encyclia tampensis This is one of my favorite Encyclias. Greenish-brown flowers are produced in the spring. The lip is white with purple markings in the center. Unlike many Encyclias, tempensis is compact in plant size and spike length. It's a good candidate for under lights or in a sunny window. $12.00 9 plants available in 2" pots. Seedling size.
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. $12.00 2 plants in 2" pots. Probably 3 years to flower. PHOTO
Slc. Circle of Life X Sl. Pole Star These will be very compact plants with large, full flowers. Pole Star is S. coccinea X L. briegeri. The colors will be pinks through reds, possibly with some flaring. $12.00 3 plants available in 2" pots. About 2 years from blooming.
[(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. $20.00 5 available in 3" pots.
(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 $20.00 5 available in 3" pots.
(Blc. Robert and Michael 'SVO' x Slc. Lisye Sentiasa 'SVO') Dark purple flowers on small plants are very popular. Blc. Robert and Michael (Lc. Aloha Case x Blc. Hunting Island) are compact plants standing 10” tall that produce large, well-formed, flat, dark purple flowers. Truly spectacular! Lisye Sentiasa (Lc. Mini Purple x Slc. Angel Jack) has flat flowers in shades of deep vibrant purple – very eye catching – and the small plants flower twice a year. Intense dark purple flowers are a given. Plants will mature at 6-8” tall and look like a big mini-Catt. The flat, shapely flowers will be large in comparison to the plant size. Great potential here. $20.00 5 available in 3" pots.
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. $20.00 5 available in 3" pots.
(Pot. Golden Circle 'OPRL' x Lc. Tokyo Magic '6-1' AM/AOS) Golden Circle (Blc. Goldenzelle x Slc. Circle of Life) is one of my most reliable breeding plants. 'OPRL' ('Orange Petals Red Lip') has superb form, with 3.5” orange flowers and red lips produced twice a year on 6” tall plants. Tokyo Magic (Lc. Irene Finney x L. briegeri) has yellow flowers with a red lip and is a great breeder that has produced many successful hybrids. It imparts good shape, strong stems and a compact plant habit. Here we a looking for 3-4 solid golden-yellow flowers, deep red lips, wide petals and excellent shape on well-supported stems. $20.00 5 available in 3" pots.
Enc. phoenicea (Enc. phoenicea 'Flora Farm' AM/AOS x Enc. phoenicea 'Choco Milk' AM/AOS) This has to be my all-time favorite Encyclia species, with great flower color, branched inflorescences with lots of blooms, and best of all a strong chocolate-vanilla fragrance. The cultivar 'Flora Farm' has excellent form, and 'Choco Milk' has superb shape and the best fragrance. The same as SVO 7190, but the protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical that can double the number of chromosomes. The hope is that some of these will be highly desirable tetraploids. $20.00 5 available in 3" pots.
Dinema polybulbon This is one of my favorite species. It is a small growing plant - less than 2" tall. This species branches easily and has no problem sending its roots into the air. Because of its branching habit, it becomes a specimen easily. Blooming time is the middle of winter with long lasting white and brown flowers that are long lasting. These will not take the confines of a pot. This likes the same conditions as Cattleyas. $25.00 2 available mounted
Epidendrobium (Nanodes) polybulbon This is another species that will cover the mount in a short period of time with their short, creeping growth habit. The leaves are soft and succulent and if given just the right amount of light they will have a red edging. Flowering time is winter. Although the flower spike is very short, they present themselves nicely. The flowers are green with a dusky rose lip. Individual flowers last 3 weeks or more and a mature plant can flower for 2 months. These like bright conditions but not much sun. $25.00 2 available mounted.
Epidendrobium (Nanodes) polybulbon var. alba The alba form is smaller growing than the normal variety and the leaves are lighter in color. The flowers are also a bit smaller and are apple green. An easy species to grow. $25.00 2 available mounted
Dendrobium: "Aussie Dens" These are Dendrobiums that are created using at least one of the following Australian Dendrobium species: Den. kingianum, Den. tetragonum, and Den. speciosum. These hybrids are easy to grow and rewarding. Flowers are formed in winter from both new and old canes. Culture: These hybrids and species like good light. Most of the species come from deciduous forests where they get dapppled sun during the growing season. In late fall through winter the trees lose their leaves and the Dendrobiums get full sun. This is also a cooler and drier season. I water every 2-3 days during the growing season and I make sure they get a bit extra fertilizer. These plants like to dry quickly after watering. That is why I grow them in clay pots. As the weather turns cold the plants should no longer be fertilized and the watering frequency is slowed to once every 5-7 days. Temperatures should get to 60 or lower for at least 6 weeks. this "rest" signals to the plant that it time to initiate the formation of flower spikes. I do not add extra water during or after flowering. It's usually April until they are ready to accept the warmer, wetter season. The following plants are all in 4" clay pots and are flowering size.
Den. Star Splash 'Diamond Orchids' AM/AOS X Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOS Here's the description from Sunset Valley Orchids: 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. $30.00 1 available
Den. Golden Vista 'Big and Bold' X Den. Yondi Tina 'Goliath' FCC/AOC Here's Fred's description: 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. $30.00 6 available
Den. Golden Vista 'Big and Bold' X Den. speciosum 'Windermere' HCC/AOS From SVO: 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. $30.00 3 available
Den. Regal Gilliston 'SVO' X Den. Warrior 'Jordan' Again, here is Fred's description: 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. $30.00 4 available.
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.
New Bulbos are coming shortly.
Miscellaneous species and hybrids:
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.