Australians please review your country's import requirements by clicking here.
For Brazil and Guadeloupe there is only a 50% chance a shipment will ever make it through their customs/extortions/thievery department. Everything sent to the Russian Federation is getting through customs nicely so far (a special thanks to orchid-lover Vladimir Putin). France is good, last year a Frenchie customer carried 5 flasks from us in Florida inside his airplane luggage through customs in France with no problem (one point for us froggies). Israel and Sweden are still good. Canada is good again under Trudeau. Italy is OK again. For Greece we now have an 80% confidence factor that our package will arrive without complications. We can now ship again to Ukraine with no restrictions by the US Postal Office. Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore remain good. There is only a 50% chance that flasks will make it into Thailand. Please note that we do not accept orders over the telephone.
Review our catalog below, then write down your desired selections in an email and simply request a quote from HBI by email on the orchid flasks of your choice, we will include shipping charges in our response:
The Ghost Orchid, Polyrrhiza lindeni (old school name). HBI has been working on growing ghost orchids from seed for over 25 years 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, 3-4 year old with 1" to 1.5" long legs. $100.
20 plants, 2-3 year old with 3/4" to 1" long legs. $185. .
30 plants, 2 year old sprouts with half the count 1/2" long legs. $275.
40 plants, 2 year old sprouts with 1-2 dozen having 1/2" to 1" long legs. $360.
100 plants, 2 year old sprouts with 30% showing 1/2" to 3/4" long legs. $800.
400 plants, 2 year old protocorm/sprouts 80%, remaining 1/4" to 1/2" long legs. $1,900.
800 plants, 1 year old protocorm 90% with 10% as sprouts. $3,000.
Dendrophylax fawcetti. This unusual very long-tailed leafless orchid is native to the Cayman Islands found only within a 6-acre heavily-guarded (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.
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. 20 plants 1" to 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 15% of this cross tended toward the coerulea variety and one of those select specimen plants (in picture to right) was then used for further blue breeding as you will see next.
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 before the export of orchids were severely restricted by his goons/narco-thugs.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $50.
C. dowiana var aurea (4N x 2N). We secured an intermediate flask of this cross directly from Roy Tokunaga of H&R Nurseries at the January 2020 Tamiami International Orchid Festival in Miami. The offspring from this cross are very robust growers and are producing unusually very nice strong roots in the bottles.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $70.
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. $200. On Hold Until Plants are Larger..
C. dowiana (Del Valle x forma splendens Cahiz-Yrygoyen). Del Valle is specimen quality variety aurea breeeder straight from Colombia to HBI. The Cahiz-Yrygoyen mericlone is also variety aurea but with a unique purple lip from the OFE family collection in nearby Miami Florida.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $50.
C. dowiana var aurea (forma marmorata x forma splendens Cahiz-Yrygoyen). A number of you dowiana fans have asked when I would make available a new cross using my great-great uncle's C dowiana var aurea forma marmorata (left side picture). Well, we will once again offer flasks of a cross using this stud pod parent plant (my hand-me-down division) in 2021. As I have said before this plant will not "self" so having a beautifully intricate lip-veined cross like this still in the dowiana family is our best fate for this the 21st century.
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" to 1.5" tall. $35.
C. gaskelliana var alba White Walker. The flowers on this monster stud plant are 7.5" across. This June-July blooming fast growing super-floriferous breeder grew to be much too heavy for one person to lift and we peeled off 2 divisions to lighten it up a bit. The 6-bulb divisions are for sale at $150 per division.
C. guttata var alba (Limerick x Misty). We originally sold this selection some 20 years ago, we have replated and are reactivating interim flasks to offer this cross again. Both parents from 2 different nurseries in Miami were exceptionally large select specimen plants.
30 plants 1" tall. $35, three flasks are avaiable.
C. hardyana. 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.
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 is 2 years in the making and should indeed be spectacular. The pod parent (7.5" wide flowers) is pictured on the left side and the pollen parent (6" wide flowers) is shown in the center and right side pictures just below.
10 plants 1.5" tall. $55
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.
Division from our Lab's select breeder named 'WhoopsTooMuchRed' , 5-6 bulbs. $150, picture available on request.
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. $130 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 ((var rubra (Sarita x Yamile) x (var coerulea (La Orquidea x Azul))). Our best rubra (named WhoopsTooMuchRed) times our best darkest 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 for that coloration outcome. This cross is 5 years in the making.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $45.
C. maxima coerulea (Alexandra x Hector). This will be a very short run for us since this cross only produced about 100 viable seeds 4 years ago. We have miserly taken off 5 select plants for our own breeding services and are now offering the last two retail-size flasks which could be shipped safely in early September.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $40.
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? The last week in May 2020 I divided this plant into 4 divisions (7-8 bulbs each). If you are an interested species/mossiae breeder then you can now buy a division at $285. A picture will be made availble.
1 division as of June 6 currently remaining.
C. mossiae var coerulea ((SVO x Good Lip) x JEM). This upcoming cross of two of our best three mossiae stud plants should be a winner in terms of size and perfect structure/form. We had previously thought and scheduled that 10-plant size flasks of this selection would be available in late 2020. We are not going to make that optimistic target, this offering is being delayed until the spring of 2021. Please be patient a bit longer.
C. percivaliana var coerulea (Undine x self). 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. The most famous select plant from the entire swarm was the Cerro Verde (still owned by Armando) pictured here.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. Out of Stock.
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. $140
C. percivaliana (Summit FCC x Teresa Antonio AM/AOS). This is a cross we made 5 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 . Out of Stock. Check back in February 2021
We have two mature previously bloomed plants for sale 6 bulbs minimum for $250 each, see pictures below.
C. rex var moyobamba. Found in northern Peru bearing the white petals and sepals as opposed to the more rare ayacucho variety found in southern Peru and bearing the distinctive yellow petals and sepals.
10 plants 1" tall. $40
And, from southern Peru we have Cattleya rex var ayacucho flasks in progress.
10 plants 1" tall. $70. On Hold. Will ship again in January 2021.
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 1st generation wild collected plants.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. Out of Stock
C. trianaei var coerulea (OKF 2485 x Quimbaya). The parents are two outstanding very high-quality coerulea trianaei specimen plants. These seedlings have been quietly growing in flasks for 2 years now.
10 plants 1.5" to 2" tall. $50.
C. trianaei var coerulea (OKF 2485 x (Luna Musica x Blue Diamond)). This cross is one of our top two attempts at producing the perfect blue trianaei. We are using very high-quality select breeders in this cross and giving these bottles a special agar formulation which took a year to correctly figure out.
10 plants 1.5" to 1.5" tall. $60, four flasks available.
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. 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" to 1.5" tall. $50.
C. warscewiczii (semialba Shahbanu x coerulea (Angarita x self)). The pod parent 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 (left) was named in honor of her Highness. Coerulea (Angarita x self) is on the right.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $35
C. warscewiczii semialba Shahbanu. See above for thumbnail picture. This stud plant is a profilic breeder and the most robust grower in our greenhouses. We would argue that the Shahbanu is the first runner-up behind the Frau Melanie Beyrodt FCC/AOS 1904 for a true semialba in this species with its perfect white sepals and petals (no dots, no pink blush). In 2017 we offered a few divisions of this plant and they sold out within a week. We are offering 3 divisions for 2020 ranging in price from $190 to $225 (4 pseudobulbs minimum). Pictures of the divisions are available.
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. $30.
C. warneri var coerulea (Henrique x Code Blue). Four years ago I bought a division of the Henrique directly from Henrique Graf (see picture on the left). This might be the best C warneri coerulea in existence. Our lab has bred this plant with our best new coerulea specimen plant in the greenhouse named Code Blue (see picture on the right). This batch will be limited. 10 plants 1" tall. Out of Stock.
For a 5-bulb division from the Henrique, make inquiry. $400 each division.
L. purpurata var schusteriana ((Misty x Limerick) x sib). I am fairly certain that this first Misty x Limerick union of two superior species stud plants was Helen Schwartz's last cross made in her old Miami Misty Rain Forest greenhouse/laboratory. We subsequently used the two best offspring from that swarm for this new cross. Helen named all her favorite orchids Misty after one of her most favorite Great Dane dogs... and she had many.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $30.
We can supply upon request 50, 100, 500 plant sizes of this selection.
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 5" tall. $30.
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 in flask 1" to 2" tall. $35.
Psychopsis versteegiana. 3-5 single successively blooming flowers. From Surinam, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia at 200 - 1200 meters elevation.
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
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. $100
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.