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Sapphire Dragon Orchids is a boutique orchid vendor specializing in coerulea Phalaenopsis species and hybrids. Our focus is on combining traditional techniques with a fresh approach to bring you new and exciting advancements in coerulea hybridizing.
Our efforts are driven with the goal of creating a strong foundation of high quality coerulea Phalaenopsis for the future. Our targeted breeding program allows us to stay highly focused on the ongoing development of this unique color form.
We have an ongoing research program designed to work through the inheritance of the coerulea color form and to better understand how to create more consistent results from coerulea hybrids.
Join our online community to discuss orchid hybridizing and other topics.
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Our Orchid Hybrid List
I am extremely excited to be able have our Phalaenopsis Hybrids List on the site in a database organized by year. You can explore years of hybrid records, the parents used and the thought process behind our hybrids. These records are linked to the ploidy data and our online store.
I really hope you enjoy and find all this reference information useful. It represents years of work.
SDO Orchid Hybrid Database Page
P. Sapphire's Angel
(P. aphrodite X P. Yungho Gelb Canary) I made this cross over 10 years ago to use a foundation cross for coerulea breeding. It produced extremely vigorous growers that produce an amazing show each year. It has turned out to be amazing cross in it's own right with full cream and yellow flowers that have a glistening texture.
We have some kieki's available now from select plants from this cross:
Orchid Ploidy List
We maintain a database of ploidy information for important Phalaenopsis used in hybridizing. Anytime chromosome counts are done on important cultivars the information is added here for everyone's reference.
Visit the Known Ploidy Database for more information.
Recent Articles & Hybridizers Notebook Blog
What "really" is the Coerulea Color From?What is the coerulea color form in Phalaenopsis? I see a lot of comments these days about what is a coerulea and what is not a coerulea, and using being loosely determined by what other pigments are and are not being expressed. Ultimately I think we are looking at this incorrectly and we need to redefine what a coerulea form is.In the genus Phalaenopsis, there are no blue pigments. There are a range of green, yellow, orange, magenta and violet pigments. It's the combination of these pigments that gives us the full range of colors that we see in Phalaenopsis. While coeruleas are
Hybridizers Notebook - Staying Focused when there are More Options than Time, a look back at 2018/2019Originally Published: December 24, 2019I periodically try to write a retrospective article that recounts some of the progress and challenges that have happened over the last few years. It's been a number of years since I have done this, so this article is long overdue. While I started writing this as a mini-article, it ended up taking on a life of it's own and frankly took much longer to write than I was planning. So ironically there is an element of the impact of time going by within this article where the status of things were actually changing over the months as this was being
A Decade of Chasing the Elusive Blue Phalaenopsis (IPA April 2012)Phalaenopsis Vol. 21(3) 2012April 2012 I'm extremely proud to announce the release of my first article written for Phalaenopsis, the journal of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance. Contents: A Decade of Chasing the Elusive Blue Phalaenopsis is a 9.5 page article featuring 18 full color photo's, now available in Phalaenopsis Vol. 21(3) 2012. This article cover's my history growing up in the orchid community, my hybridizing goals and progress over the first decade of my coerulea breeding program. Please support our national and international orchid organizations whenever possible. If
Hybridizers Notebook - Looking back at 2007 and forward to 2008Happy New Year and thank you to our current patrons and friends that have supported us over the years. Welcome to our new friends that have starting to discover the exciting new breeding direction of coerulea Phalaenopsis. 2007 was a fun year for us as we've started to see some our work come to fruition with some first blooms that have validated our program. The greenhouse is full of new crosses that are spiking for the first time and the lab is full of even more exciting crosses that represent the leading edge in coerulea Phal breeding. 2007 was a great year and looking forward we can see
Hybridizers Notebook - Current Breeding Program as of July 2007This article was originally written for the HybridizersForum.com. If you are interested in orchid breeding, then it is a great online community to participate in. Some of the information in this article is a rehash of some previous things I have talked about and some of this is I am presenting for the first time to the public. As I will state several times, please keep in mind some of this changes on a frequent basis. Sometime around 2000-2001 I decided I wanted to focus on breeding blue Phalaenopsis. (I was also the ridiculous grower that had Masdevallias growing in East Texas back in the
Hybridizers Notebook - Sept. 2006 Thoughts on Coerulea Phalaenopsis BreedingIn this section I'm going to spend some time discussing my thoughts on breeding directions for blue Phalaenopsis. As there is currently very little available information, most of the information presented is based on my own observations and opinions. I have been growing and hybridizing orchids for over 20 years now and consider myself an advanced grower. But by no means am I an expert at plant physiology. For that reason most of my thoughts on this subject are not strictly based on scientifically proven methods, but my own observations. Orchid hybridizing is often part science and part good
Overview of Current Coerulea Phalaenopsis Species and Hybrids, through June 2006The elusive blue orchid represents the very mystery and exclusivity that the first attracted so many to the world of orchid growing. Now that orchids are cheaply mass produced, it is that unique or rare orchid that challenges and drives serious enthusiasts to expand their collections. Perhaps in the days to come coerulea Phalaenopsis with be the next trend in modern Phalaenopsis hybrids. As of 2006 there is only a limited selection of commercially available coerulea phals. This discussion presents those varieties as well a few other current coerulea phals that will influence future
Rob is the owner, grower, and hybridizer at Sapphire Dragon Orchids. Rob has been growing orchids since 1984 and has focused on hybridizing coerulea Phalaenopsis since 2000 when he first started building a collection of coerulea Phal stud plants.
Michael runs the ranch in addition to his day job. He likes the orchids, but his real love is hanging out with the alpacas.
Princes Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca IS the ranch Princess. Pumpkin is the first to visit ranch visitors and she especially loves children. She also have her own children's book.
Merlin, the Pineapple Green-Cheek Conure runs the house and the office. He also thinks he is guard bird and likes to alert us if anyone get's too close to the orchid greenhouse.