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Cattleyas are among the most popular orchids. Their culture is often used as the basis for comparison with other types of orchids. Cattleyas and their related hybrids come in many colors, shapes, forms and sizes. Culture varies only slightly among most of these. This sheet is a general guide to basic cattleya culture. Like many other cultivated orchids, cattleyas are epiphytes, or air plants. They have developed water-storage organs, called pseudobulbs, and have large, fleshy roots covered with a spongy, water-retentive velamen. They are accustomed to being dry at the roots between waterings, and therefore should be potted in freedraining media.

 

 

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    Welcome to the Austin Creek Orchids website!

     

    We are located a short distance north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County - home of fine wines, dairy cows, redwoods and scenic coastlines.

     

    The orchid bug first stuck me in my early teens, when I discovered a commercial Phaleonopsis grower in the Phoenix area where I grew up. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1976, I quickly became acquainted with Rod McClellan's orchids in South San Francisco and it wasn't long until my kitchen window was brimming with orchids.

     

    A move to Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) in 1989, afforded an opportunity to house my rapidly growing orchid collection in a backyard greenhouse. After the first greenhouse and then the second greenhouse became full, it was time to begin looking for new options. In 1999, we completed construction of a new greenhouse (and home) in Petaluma - the future site of Austin Creek Orchids.

     

    Austin Creek Orchids is a manifestation of my long-term passion for Orchidacea. I am always looking for new and interesting varieties to add to the Austin Creek collection. I am pleased to share them with you. The plants offered here reflect my varied and sometimes eclectic tastes. Hopefully, you will find things that appeal to you as well.

     

    Dale Martin - owner

     

    The actor Raymond Burr (of Perry Mason and Ironside fame) and his partner were avid orchid growers. Over their careers, they established Sea God Nursery and created more than 2,000 Cattleya hybrids. I have been collecting a select divisions from original Sea God Nursery collection since 1994 and now divisions of many of them available. Follow the link for a current listing:

     

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    Thanks for stopping by my Virtual Greenhouse!

    First, about me. I'm the Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the Sacramento Orchid Society and my greenhouse is located in Elk Grove, CA. My orchids and greenhouse help me relax and have become my oasis.

    My greenhouse is a 12' x 18' aluminum framed, kit greenhouse from Conley . During the summer I have to coat it with a thick coat of shading paint and 2 layers of 47% shadecloth to prevent the summer sun from frying my orchids. I have a Jaybird fogger, a misting system and evaporative cooler running all summer long to keep the temps. down. During the winter I remove the shadecloth and have a Southern Burner vented gas heater. All my climate control systems are wired through thermostats. I also have a reverse osmosis water system installed in there which is tied to my fogger. What we do for our orchids!
     

     

     

     

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    We're located just 8 miles west of the 101 Fwy., just off Hwy. 246. High on a terraced hill, overlooking the vineyards and tasting rooms of the Santa Rita Hills Wine Region, you can stroll our nine acres of woodland paradise. Commune with hawks and deer. For our new catalog ($5.00 refundable with purchase) please call us or email us. We specialize in special appointments. We always return a clear message left on our answer machine if we are out-and-about. We're having fun! Join us!

     

    We also specialize in marsupial orchids -- Paphiopedilums -- not carnivorous, but often all-consuming. Our Lady's Slippers are award and trophy winners, and we have more slippers that Imelda Marcos' closet!  Additionally, we are now the owners of the Kevin Porter Collection (Curved Air)!

     

    Buy orchids in flasks and save. We have a list available of the very newest chaotic hybrids and species. Each flask contains 25-30 one-year-old orchid seedlings, ready for compotting. We also have de-flasking instructions available.

     

    And not to be left out, we also have Cymbidiums, Encyclia's, Epidendrum's, Dendrobium's, Bulbophyllum's, Oncidium's, Odontoglossum's, Miltonia's, and many, many, more exotic orchids!

    We offer personalized instruction and get your hands dirty potting classes.
     

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    Alan is an accredited AOS Judge and actively supports local Bay Area societies with presentations on various topics related to Orchids.

     

     

     

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    Although Jane and Rod Carpenter have retired in 2007, the web site remains as a source for beginners and novices. 

    We started with one greenhouse and a desire to grow these lovely plants. Now we are 4 greenhouses strong and over 7,000 blooming size plants. Since our beginning, we have won many show awards and several A.O.S. (American Orchid Society) judging’s for our outstanding plants. We have also developed over the years, several new crosses which have proven to be remarkable. Everyone asks the same question when coming to the nursery…     What does JA-RO-CA stand for?     The nursery was named after its owners:  Janet (JA) and Rod (RO) Carpenter (CA).

     

    Editors Note:Reprinted AOS culture sheets, so novices and experienced growers can skip this.

     

     

     

     

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    Debra Atwood is a frequent supported of Bay Area orchid societies by presenting various topics on care of orchids she specializes in growing.  Napa Valley Orchids is also a vendor at many area orchid shows and local flea Markets.

     

     

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    Odom’s Orchids, Inc. is one of the largest retail growers and shippers of orchids in the United States. We have the largest selection of high quality orchid plants found anywhere.

     

    Odom's Orchids focus on Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Lady Slippers, Oncidium, CymbidiumsVandaceous and select others including "house specialties" 

     

    ITEM OF INTEREST FOR BEGINNERS

    Orchid Wheel

     

    $15.00 

     

    We have designed an ORCHID WHEEL that is made of a durable plastic. Important cultural information is printed on one side of the wheel about orchid genera, temperature, water, potting mixes and fertilizing requirements. The other side of the wheel has information on how to identify insects and diseases, along with suggestions on what chemicals to use. This is a fun and fast reference tool. Makes an excellent gift for your orchid friends! (Wheel diameter approximately. 10.5" – overall length approximately 13".)

     

     This item can be purchased from the above vendor

     

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    Sergio Garciais is a frequent speaker at the Napa Valley Orchid Society as well as a "Lifetime Member."  He works closely in a partnership with Brazilian-based Wenzel Orchids in developing new and exciting Cattleyas and more.  The following  links will take you to his web site where you can browse and shop for Catasetum, Cattleya  Hybrids and Laelia.

     

     

    Thank you for being a NVOS 2015 Show and Sale Sponsor

     

     

     

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    Sergio Garcia from Olompali Orchids  specializes in different varieties of Cattleyas. This Brazilian species is very popular in the United States. Its varieties are many, but most have a difficult time naming the varieties that they have in their collection.


    He works closely in a partnership with Brazilian-based Wenzel Orchids in developing new and exciting Cattleyas and more.

     

    Sergio supports Bay Area societes by providing various presentations based on his deep appreciation of the Cattleya and other orchids native to Brazil and South America

     

     

     

     

     

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    Welcome to Orchids by Richard

     

    I am happy to share with you photos of Orchid Blooms from my Orchid Plants in my Orchid House at home. I have grown varieties of Orchids, from Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Phlaenopsis, Cattleyas, Vandas to some Ground Orchids like Cymbidiums and Epidendrums.


    My first orchid plant was a miniature white Dendrubium. I was inspired to grow some more after I saw the first bloom of my very first orchid plant here in California, and I am quite successful in growing them, to pass some boring times. Each time it blooms, I take a picture for it will not be the same with the next one. Now I am sharing them with you.


    I hope you will enjoy the photographs and a few videos of my little Orchid Collection, and I thank you for visiting my blog.

     

     

     

     

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    Don't let the German name be a deterrent, the web site is available in English. I even made sure you arrive at the English version. 

    More on-line store for purchasing orchids, but they do a great job describing what they sell, how best to grow it and excellent photography.  This is a great resource for researching how to grow orchids

     

    Editor's Note:

    I use there general orchid class information on this web site.

     

     

     

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    Sunset Valley Orchids is a firm dedicated to the breeding of orchids. Our breeding lines are focused in three ways:  1) the development of new flower colors and shapes:  2) vigorous, robust, and compact growing plants: 3) AOS award quality flowers.

    Our primary effort is in the hybridizing of the Cattleya, Catasetinae, Australian Native Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums. We also have several other smaller genera that we are working with like Sarcochilus, Zygopetalum and Stanhopea.

    Orchid hobbyists from around the world have realized how interesting the Catasetinae alliance is. Sunset Valley Orchids is the top breeders of the genus and our plants have been shipped and growing worldwide. The development of the “blackest orchid seen” the Fredclarkeara After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has really captured attention. The expectation for the next generation of Catasetinae hybrids is spectacular!

    Our Cattleya breeding has been under development for over 25 years and our efforts have developed many unique hybrids as well as hundreds of AOS awards. At Sunset Valley Orchids we do something different, we hybridize for the orchid hobbyist, not the mass market.  This requires that we do something different, and it distinguished us and our customers from the mass market orchids.  Our specialty is compact sized cattleyas where the plants are less than 12” tall and bloom in 4” pots.  We also breed miniature and standard sizes.

    All our Orchid hybrids are grown from seed in our laboratory at the nursery and we raise them to maturity in our 45,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space (just over an acre).

    At Sunset Valley Orchids we take pride in offering only the best grown plants. We have a rigorous selection process where only the best plants are advanced in each phase of the production cycle. This process starts in the lab with replating, de-flasking, up potting and through to maturity. Only the most vigorous plants are offered for sale.

    Please take some time to look at the orchid listings and the pictures of the parents. You will see our breeding stock is exceptional; this is an exciting orchid hybrid list of high potential.

    E-mail, I enjoy talking orchids.

    Fred Clarke

     

    To explore Sunset Valley Orchids, click this link here.

     

    Mr. Clarke gave a presentation to the Napa Valley Orchid Society in 2014.

     

     

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    Sunset Valley Orchids is a firm dedicated to the breeding of orchids. Our breeding lines are focused in three ways:  1) the development of new flower colors and shapes:  2) vigorous, robust, and compact growing plants: 3) AOS award quality flowers.

    Our primary effort is in the hybridizing of the Cattleya, Catasetinae, Australian Native Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums. We also have several other smaller genera that we are working with like Sarcochilus, Zygopetalum and Stanhopea.

    Orchid hobbyists from around the world have realized how interesting the Catasetinae alliance is. Sunset Valley Orchids is the top breeders of the genus and our plants have been shipped and growing worldwide. The development of the “blackest orchid seen” the Fredclarkeara After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has really captured attention. The expectation for the next generation of Catasetinae hybrids is spectacular!

    Our Cattleya breeding has been under development for over 25 years and our efforts have developed many unique hybrids as well as hundreds of AOS awards. At Sunset Valley Orchids we do something different, we hybridize for the orchid hobbyist, not the mass market.  This requires that we do something different, and it distinguished us and our customers from the mass market orchids.  Our specialty is compact sized cattleyas where the plants are less than 12” tall and bloom in 4” pots.  We also breed miniature and standard sizes.

    All our Orchid hybrids are grown from seed in our laboratory at the nursery and we raise them to maturity in our 45,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space (just over an acre).

    At Sunset Valley Orchids we take pride in offering only the best grown plants. We have a rigorous selection process where only the best plants are advanced in each phase of the production cycle. This process starts in the lab with replating, de-flasking, up potting and through to maturity. Only the most vigorous plants are offered for sale.

    Please take some time to look at the orchid listings and the pictures of the parents. You will see our breeding stock is exceptional; this is an exciting orchid hybrid list of high potential.

    E-mail, I enjoy talking orchids.

     

    Fred Clarke is an occasional speaker in the Bay Area

     

     

     

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    Address:15819 Del Monte Farms Rd, Castroville, CA 95012
     

     

    The Orchid Zone is a premier breeder of Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and other genera of orchids. The Orchid Zone is also the proud owner of the Golden Gate Orchids collection of Odontoglossum.

    The Orchid Zone was founded by Terry Root in 1981. The quality of our collection and the success of our breeding lines are entirely due to Terry’s hard work, passion, and insight.

     

    Dr. John Chant is an occasional guest speaker at Bay Area orchid societies.


     

     

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