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Simply review our catalog below, then write down your desired selections in an email to us and request an old-fashioned quote from HBI on the orchid flasks of your choice. We will then confirm availability and pricing including shipping charges (minimum $18) in our email response:
The Ghost Orchid, Polyrrhiza lindeni (old school name). We at HBI have been working on growing ghost orchids from seed for three decades ever since we first bought 3 ghost orchids flasks from Larry Evans. Larry did curating and flasking work for the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Selby once green housed the top premier specimens of this Florida species. The ghost orchid parents used by Larry originated in the Fakahatchee Strand and were first bred by him many years before ghost orchids were designated as an endangered species. Fakahatchee ghost orchids with their longer frog-legs/tendrils and ghostly all-white flower surpass the truncated short-tendril inferior class lindeni green-flower ghost orchid pretenders named Dendrophylax sallei from Cuba and Dominican Republic in any competition and will always be the more valuable type of this vanishing species to own. 10 plants, 2-3 year old with 3/4" to 1.5" long legs. $100.
20 plants, 2-3 year old with 3/4" to 1.5" long legs. $180.
30 plants, 2 year old with 1/2" to 1" plus long legs. $350.
40 plants, 2 year old sprouts with 2 dozen having 1/2" to 1" plus long legs. $430.
100 plants, 2 year old sprouts with 30% showing 1/2" to 1" long legs. $1,000.
100 plants, 3 year old, 30% sprouts with 70% 3/4" to 1.5" long legs. Click for 7 pictures$1,400 SOLD.
150 plants, 3 year old, 30% sprouts with 70% 1/2" to 1.5" long legs. Click for 5 pictures$1,800 SOLD.
400 plants, 2 year old protocorm/sprouts 65%, remaining 1/2" to 1" long legs. $2,000.
800 plants, 1 year old protocorm 60% with 40% as sprouts and 1/2" long legs. $3,000.
Polyrrhiza lindeni. Ghost Orchids mounted. We use flyscreen over very porous/airy 3M Scotch Brite industrial scrub pads (from Home Depot) mounting "clumps" of ghost orchids equaling 10 and 20 plants in our outdoor greenhouse. These mounts grow well for us hanging vertically in the greenhouse with Spanish moss hanging loosely overhead the pads.
10 plants clump $240, see picture.
20 plants clump $380
Shipping for one mount would be a minimum $17 cost within the USA.
Dendrophylax fawcetti. This unusual very long-tailed leafless orchid is native to the Cayman Islands found only within a 6-acre heavily-guarded (guards with guns) preserve within the Ironwood Forest in George Town. This species was named after William Fawcett in 1888. Click here for history. This species grows (ie for us) twice as fast as our lindeni ghost orchids. And, some younger collectors will argue this species is more rare than the Dendrophylax lindeni. We're offering this selection from our private collection owing to the generosity of our long-time friend Aaron Hicks.
10 plants in flask with 1.5" to 2" long legs. $70
20 plants in flask with 1.5" to 2" long legs. $125. Sold Out.
10 plants in clump mounted on 4" diameter clay plate. $100
20 plants in clump mounted on 8" diameter clay plate. $165, Sold out.
Dendrophylax funalis. A leafless orchid more similar to the Dendrophylax fawcetti but with a shorter tail/spur.
10 plants with 1" long legs. $50. On Hold for now until general growth improves.
C. aclandiae (Viking x Helen Schwartz). Very compact bifoliate from the state of Bahia in Brazil found in a diminishing small range.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $40.
C. amethystoglossa (Mystery x Orchidglade). The stud plant Orchidglade is from the famous Jones & Scully Nursery which operated in Miami 1946-1992 until Hurricane Andrew. Orchidglade was spectacular. 10 plants 1.5" tall. $45.
C amethystoglossa (Ana Luisa x Vitoria). This cross came directly from a former Serviço Nacional de Informações secret agent in Brazil who we can not list here. The breeding parents were jungle collected and named after the two most important women in his life, one of two eventual mother flasks made in Brazil was given to our lab in Florida many years ago after being carefully hand-carried to the USA. Surprisingly 20% of this cross tended toward the coerulea variety and one of those select coerulea specimen plants is in the picture to the right.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $40.
C. dowiana var aurea Excellente x self. Excellente is from Costa Rica. The flask of this selfing however came to us from the top private collection in Venezuela hand-carried by me back to Florida during Hugo Chavez's first term as El Presidente before the export of orchids were severely restricted by his customs inspector goons/narco-thugs especially at the airport shaking down gringos from the USA.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $55.
C. dowiana var aurea (4N x 2N). We secured an intermediate flask of this species cross directly from Roy Tokunaga of H&R Nurseries at the Tamiami International Orchid Festival a several years ago in Miami. The offspring from this cross are very robust growers with "thick leathery" leaves like a polyploid would indeed produce. For you wealthy dowiana aficionados, Roy Tokunaga was selling a 4-bulb division of his 4N stud plant for $1,500 under his catalog number Cdow4N over in Hawaii, call Harry at 808-366-3151 to see if it is still possible to buy a division.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $85.
C. dowiana var aurea, Giants of the Atlantic Rain Forest from Costa Rica. The protocorm from the original mother flask of these dowiana was purchased from Ian Walters in Australia over 20 years ago and with much TLC has been nicely kept on life support in our HBI laboratory since that time. From time to time we extract 1 or 2 plants from our intermediate flasks to grow out for our private collection closed breeding program in house since nearly all the potential dowiana stud plants we have seen for sale at the big shows lately by all the South American growers are either runts or diseased. The old stock of "good-breeding" dowiana stud plants seems to have disappeared. Last year we subjected a few of our intermediate flasks to a proliferation-laced agar and have produced a few extra retail size flasks for the dowiana aficionados. These flasks are NOT intended for amateurs/newbies.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $225. Out of Stock. We will have 3 flasks in August 2022, reservations will be accepted. .
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $55. Out of Stock, might ship again in October 2022.
C. eldorado (Mount Ito x concolor (type 'XXX' x type var rubra)). We have had dozens of requests over the past 10 years for C eldorado however this vanishing species is very difficult to find anymore in 100% pure species form meeting our "species only" standard. But happily Miami breeder Ernest Ivan graciously brought to us this cross of his two best specimen plants about 4 years ago for flasking. The picture included here is the pod parent Mount Ito.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $50.
C. elongata. This species (from the old original JEM nursery in Florida) throws out a super long inflorescence, you can grow the plants in your backyard and bloom the flowers over in your neighbor's backyard.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $40.
C. gaskelliana var alba White Walker. This fast growing super-floriferous breeder has grown to be much too heavy for one person to lift. In June 2021 we divided this plant and now have 5 nice size divisions for sale (3 are in flower June 26, 2021). Flowers measure 7.5 inches across.
Please see the Divisons list in the Index above.
C. gaskelliana var coerulea TooBlueForYou. This is our best gaskelliana coerulea. In June 2021 we made 3 divisions from this specimen breeder plant for sale.
See the Divisions list in the Index above for more information.
C gaskelliana var coerulea (TooBlueForYou x La Plantio). Without a doubt these two specimen species plants are the best gaskelliana coerulea plants we have ever seen. We are planning to offer this cross for sale in the late summer of 2022.
10 plants 1" tall. $50, On Hold until roots set better.
C. guttata var alba (Limerick x Misty). Strong alba form of this wonderfully fragrant species, might be the best cattleya of all for pure exquisite fragrance. From the Helen Schwartz original Miami Florida collection.
10 plants 1" to 2" tall. $35.
C. guttata var coerulea (Bahia x self). This blue lip variety is not often seen other than at a very few Florida shows.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $45.
C. hardyana semialba. On page 71 of Carl Withner's book The Cattleyas and their Relatives Volume 1 is the most beautiful white petals/sepals semialba hardyana (which is a natural occurring hybrid between C. aurea and C. warscewiczii) that I have ever seen in all of orchid breeding. We have crossed our C. warscewiczii semialba Shahbanu with pollen from our C. dowiana var aurea Cahiz-Yrygoyen (from the OFE clan) in hopes of matching the semialba in Withner's book.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $40.
30 plants 1" tall. $65. We have three flasks available.
C intermedia Aquinii var coerulea 'Blue Rhapsody' x self. Selfing of an exceptionally heavy substance rare blue Aquinii form first flasked by Ruben Sauledo when he own RIO Nursery (and orchid laboratory) in Miami. 10 plants 2" to 2.5" tall. $40.
C. labiata var coerulea ((D. Guile x Nice Lip) x Blue Kong). We are looking for perfect shape and substance with uniform blue lip coloration. Blue Kong came to us from Brazil first hand and is pictured on the right. Our first run of this cross expired in February of 2020. We are now planning to offer this same cross again in the May 2022.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $45.
We have divided the C labiata var coerulea Blue Kong and currently have one division remaining for sale. See the Divisions price list in the Index above.
C. loddigesi ((Impassionata x Da Norma Dreher) x Little Man AM/AOS). The offspring in this grex have a high probability of producing flowers that are very dark.
10 plants 2" to 2.5" tall. $40
We have a division of the (Impassionata x DA Norma Dreher) pod parent plant for sale. $95, 5-bulbs.
For those collectors interested in a division from the pollen parent (La Orquidea x Azul) now named Blewmeaway we can provide a specific quotation with pictures.
C. lueddemanniana var coerulea ((Kathleen x Francisco) x ((Mariauxi x Francisco) x Crystelle)). As some of you may know the blue Francisco will not self so we here in the lab are always keen to cross two stud plants containing a Francisco parent to increase rare chloroplasts of blue coloration. This cross was 3 years in the making and is a winner for size, substance, form, large lip and 6 on 10 scale for the target coloring we were aiming to achieve. The pod parent flowers are 7.5" wide. The picture shown to the right is from the first crop to bloom and all the 2021 flowers are measuring a grandiflora type 7.5" across. Typical flower larger picture.
10 plants 1.5" tall. $45
C. lueddemanniana var rubra (Sarita x Yamile). These vibrant pearlescent plum/magenta colored flowers are a huge 6"-7" across with good substance blooming Dec thru Feb.
10 plants 1.5" tall. $45.
We have one division from our orchid laboratory's select breeder out of this specific cross named 'WhoopsTooMuchRed' , 6 bulbs. $150, picture available on request.
C. lueddemanniana ((var rubra (Sarita x Yamile) x (var coerulea (La Orquidea x Azul))). Our best rubra 'WhoopsTooMuchRed' times our best coerulea lip. Dare we hope for electric magenta sepals and petals with a near black blue lip? In theory we have at least a 25% chance. This cross 5 years in the making has just been put into 4 retail flasks in January 2022. Let's all cross our fingers for good luck. See artist's rendering of possible offsping.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $55.
C. lueddemanniana var grandiflora ((Mariauxi x Maruja) x (Morella x Cecilia)). Flowers measure 7" across petal tip to petal tip with good substance and perfect form plus some major lip going on here. Picture shown for reference and comparison only. In 2020 we will offer a sib cross in flask using our #1 breeder stud plant and our #2 best boy.
We have two divisions from our #1 breeder stud that are now for sale. $99 each.
C. lueddemanniana var rubra (WhoopsTooMuchRed x Tom Elmore AM/AOS). The pod parent is our in-house darkest SELECT breeder var rubra (Sarita x Yamile) originally from the Armando Mantellini collection. We chose the Tom Elmore as the pollen parent for its perfect form.
C. lueddemanniana alba (Candelaria x Clint McDade). Our alba offspring are producing very nearly all "perfect whites" in that there is no yellow coloration in the throats. The form and substance for the flowers on this Venezuelan cross is quite remarkable and showstopping.
10 plants 2" to 3" tall. $50, Sold Out.
C. mossiae var coerulea JEM. In 2007 a few weeks before JEM Orchids in Delray Beach Florida would have their famous "Closing shop and moving to Hawaii" fire sale I spent several days pleading with Gene Monier to sell a division of his breeder Cattleya mossiae var coerulea JEM to me. Mercifully he consented when I threw myself on the ground in a feigned hysterical tantrum, but only after the third time. This very macho plant produces the largest flower (minimum 7" and sometimes bigger across) that I have ever seen for this species and the dorsal sepal(s) always stand up perfectly straight. Have you ever seen a mossiae dorsal sepal standing up straight?
In 2021 we divided this stud plant into 5 divisions (5-bulbs minimum).
See the Divisions price list in the Index above.
C. mossiae var coerulea ((SVO x Good Lip) x Maj). Pod parent is from Paul Clarke's Sun Valley Orchids and measures 7 inches across. Pollen parent is a mericlone of Maj.
10 plants 1.5" tall. $45.
C. mossiae var coerulea (Maj x (Mr 4 x Andreas Arturo)). Coerulea parents, both have excellent form/color. Maj mericlone on the left. (Mr 4 x Andreas Arturo) picture on the right.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $45, Only 3 flasks remaining.
C. percivaliana var coerulea (Undine x self) aka Ondine. This F1 selfing was made by Armando Mantellini when he still lived and operated his orchid nursery in Venezuela. HBI secured one of the mother flasks from him over 15 years ago and we have "kept it going" all this time using special proliferation additives. The most famous select coerulea-colored plant from the entire swarm was the Cerro Verde (still owned by Armando) and pictured here.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $50.
C percivaliana coerulea (Cerro Verde x self). This cross represents the F2 generation of Undine using the best select offspring from the entire F1 brood which is Cerro Verde. We have high hopes for this offering and are looking forward to our best percivaliana blues yet. See Cerro Verde picture above.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $120. Limited.
C. percivaliana (Summit FCC x Teresa Antonio AM/AOS). This is a cross we made 6 years ago, the first run flasks sold out quite fast. The flower picture is one of our first bloomers from the cross of these two AOS champions. The vivid electric orange coloration in the column is stunning and was quite a hoped-for dream come true in this breeding laboratory dedicated to the continuation of such fine Cattleya species.
10 plants 1" to 2" tall . $45. Out of Stock, we might have a couple of flasks again in October.
C. percivaliana alba var grandiflora (Sonia x (Sonia x self)). Large bright white alba, neon orange throat. The Sonia named after well-known Venezuelan grower Sonia Urbano is THE best percivaliana alba ever domestically grown. 10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $45. On Hold until August 2022 when plants are larger.
C. rex var moyobamba. Found in northern Peru bearing the white petals and sepals. The moyobamba is the more easily found forma of this species.
10 plants 1" tall. $40. .
And, from southern Peru we now have flasks of the rarely seen Cattleya rex var ayacucho known better for its distinctive yellow sepals and petals.
10 plants 1" tall. $60.
In August 2022 we will be offering 2-3 Cattleya rex var ayacucho Etiqueta Azul batch flasks. We can NOT confirm the lips will be coerulea.
5 plants 1" tall. $100.Check back in August 2022.
C. schilleriana var coerulea. Our coerulea type is shown on the left side in this picture. A standard schilleriana is shown on the right side in the included picture. 10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $40.
C. schroederae var citrina. In Florida our Cattleya schroederae bloom in January and February. Our original flask from 5 years ago came directly from Colombia and the breeder claimed the parents were wild collected plants.
10 plants 1.5" to 2". $45. Limited.
C. schroederae (var citrina x concolor Rosalia). Our best citrina stud pod parent plant has been paired with pollen from a rarely seen gorgeous concolor Rosalia (Right side) owned by a famous breeder in Miami. This union will surely be absolutely exquisite with perfect form.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $80. Out of Stock.
C. schroederae (type x alba (Hercules AM/AOS 1932 x self)). You always know when you are in the old royal Hapsburg dynasty presence of C schroederae in a greenhouse, imagine the alluring almond smell of cyanide tinged with sweet apricots, it is hypnotic, I never can resist that fragrance. Art Chadwick may very well be credited with keeping the Hercules blood line alive and preserved in America, see paragraph 13, his best Hercules x self select clone of which a division was bought many years ago by Dr Anthony Alfieri, the highly respected orchid species grower in Delaware, is the pollen parent in this cross. We chose Anthony's clone (picture on right) because his stud plant always throws up 6 flowers per spike which is quite unusual since we have never seen more than 2 flowers on a schroederae inflorescence.
10 plants 1/2" tall. $75. We will ship after July 1, 2022.
C. trianaei (var coerulea OKF 2485 x Mary Fennell). Our best coerulea stud plant times a Mary Fennell division we bought directly from Tom Fennell Jr after he moved up to Deerfield Beach following the catastrophic Hurricane Andrew in Miami to try and salvage his family's famous Orchid Jungle nursery.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $50.
C. trianaei var coerulea (OKF 2485 x Escapee 8893313. The very large flowered Escapee 8893313 "escaped" from Nicolás Maduro's Venezuela in 2018 to marry up with our best coerulea stud plant OKF 2485 (right side photo).
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $55.
C. velutina (JAM x JEM). When is the last time you saw a Cattleya velutina? Or perhaps more specifically, have you ever seen one?
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $40.
C. violacea semialba (Icabaru x Hector Luis). Icabaru (left side) is an unusual semialba with a uniform bright red column. Crossed with the #2 outstanding semialba Hector Luis from Colombia (right side). This cross has occasionally produced bright contrasting white sepals and solid fire engine red petals.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $35.
C. warscewiczii var coerulea ((Angarita x self) x Saint 4). We have high hopes that the strong blue color in these two specimen plants will be carried into the progeny along with the great form seen in the Francisco Villegas Saint 4 pollen parent.
10 plants 1.5" tall. $60.
C. warscewiczii semialba Shahbanu. This select breeder plant is named after and in respect of the last queen of Iran, Empress Farah Pahlavi, before Ayatollah Khomeini and his 14th century thugs overthrew the Shah. I had the pleasure of personally meeting the Empress in Isfahan many years ago and this plant was named in honor of her royal Highness.
In June 2021 we made three divisions from this breeder plant for sale. See the Divisions list in the Index above for the link to these plants.
C. warscewiczii (semialba Shahbanu x coerulea (Angarita x self)). We have taken our two best specimen plants and created this cross which should have perfect form/substance and very interesting coloration.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $50
C. warneri var coerulea (Rio Casca x Blue City). This cross was made in Brazil using first generation jungle collected parents. We acquired a flask directly from the breeder's laboratory in Brazil and are still drawing plants from that first purchase.
10 plants 1" tall. Out of Stock, doubtful we will offer again.
C. warneri var coerulea (Henrique x Code Blue). In 2014 I bought a division of the Henrique directly from Venezuelan orchid collector Henrique Graf (see picture on the left). In our opinion the Henrique is the best C warneri coerulea that money can buy. Our lab has bred this plant with one of our next best coerulea specimen plants in the greenhouse named Code Blue (see picture on the right). 10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $50.
We are offering for sale 3 divisions from the Henrique,
See the Divisions price list in the Index above.
C. warneri var coerulea (Henrique x Miranda). In 2014 I bought a division of the Henrique coerulea directly from Henrique Graf (see picture on the left). It is our opinion this plant is the best C warneri coerulea in existence. Our lab has bred the Henrique with our division of the famous Miranda coerulea specimen plant which nearly everyone I know (esp in Florida) will swear is a FCC awarded plant, the only problem is there is no "legitimate" record of such an AOS award. Currently in intermediate flasks. We hope to be offering this new Cattleya warneri selection in August 2022.
C. trianaei var coerulea ((Pedra Azul x Camila) x OKF2485). If ever you were going to eat an orchid flower then it would be the Pedra Azul x Camila. When I show this flower to people they immediately try to grab it and eat it. We hope to offer this cross for sale in late 2022.
C. warsecewiczii (semialba Shahbanu x alba Leo Holquin FCC/AOS). We are hoping for Leo Holquin's great form and Shahbanu's excellent coloration/substance in this cross. HBI should be able to have retail flasks available in March 2023.
Neofinetia falcata (((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou) x Vanda coerulescens). We have taken our top select red NF breeder and paired it to an exceptionally fine/fragrant Vanda coeruelscens. We hope to be offering this selction in retail flasks in January 2023.
L. purpurata var schusteriana ((Misty x Limerick) x sib). I am fairly certain that the initial Misty x Limerick union of these two superior species stud plants was Helen Schwartz's last cross made in her old Miami greenhouse/laboratory. We subsequently used the two best select offspring from that swarm for this subsequent sib cross. FYI, Helen named all her favorite orchids Misty after one of her most favorite Great Dane dogs. Most orchids coming out of Florida with Misty in the name were created in Helen's laboratory.
10 plants 1.5" to 3". $40, Out of Stock.
We are offering a few divisions from the L purpurata var schusteriana (Misty x Limerick) Select #1, see Index above for details.
Catasetum pileatum var Imperialis cultivar Donna #1 x sib. Half of this run bloom the more desirable mahogany coloration on the males (right side). 10% or less of all flowers blooming will be female (left picture). Included pictures are offspring from this actual batch.
10 plants 2" to 3" tall. $30
We have a few previously-bloomed male potted plants for sale. Starting at $60. Contact us for the specifics to purchase one.
Trichocentrum stacyi (formerly named Oncidium stacyi aka wittii). Has been formally named stacyi (Oppenheim, 1926). Terete leaf, vigorous grower. Dr Guido Braemsays this species from Bolivia is now quite rare. We grow this plant like a Paraphalaenopsis mounted and leaves pointing downward. Our top two stud plants have produced a strong new crop which is in intermediate flasks now.
10 plants 1" to 2" tall. $40
Psychopsis versteegiana. 3-5 single successively blooming flowers. From Surinam, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia at 200 - 1200 meters elevation.
Neofinetia falcata (((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou) x Amani Island). We have taken the top select from our best red colored Neofinetia falcata crosses and bred it to a REAL Amani Island plant (pollen parent). As you know, real Amani Island NF flowers are the largest in the NF genus.
10 plants 1" tall. $165. We have 2 flasks available.
Neofinetia falcata (variegated Higashidemiyako x ((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou)). We are trying once again with another variegated clone to achieve red flowers on a variegated leaf plant.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $90. Only one flask remaining.
Neofinetia falcata (((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou) x Fukiden). Our best colored Neofinetia falcata specimen to date crossed with the best (and highest awarded) Neofinetia falcata in the world.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. Sold Out
Neofinetia falcata (((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou) x sib). This is our best colored Neofinetia falcata cross to date.
10 plants 1/2" to 1" tall. $55
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $85
We do have well-established previously-bloomed potted plants, 3-7 growths per pot click here of the NF ((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou) cross available upon request. $20 per growth, 3 growths minimum.
(Neofinetia falcata ((Amani Pink x Syoujou Red) x Shu Ten Nou magenta) x Aerides houlletiana). We have been working on this intergeneric cross for about 4 years and have finally produced viable seedlings. The colors and increased substance in these flowers should be fantastic. Rememebr NF traits are dominate in anything it touches so the foilage should be on the smaller space-restricted city apartment window ledge pot size.
10 plants 1" tall. $100, three flasks available, see below.