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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 $17) 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 over 28 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, 2-3 year old with 3/4" to 1.5" long legs. $100. Out of Stock.
20 plants, 2-3 year old with 3/4" to 1" long legs. $185 Out of Stock.
30 plants, 2 year old sprouts with half the count 1/2" long legs. $275 Out of Stock.
40 plants, 2 year old sprouts with 1-2 dozen having 1/2" to 1" long legs. $360 Out of Stock.
100 plants, 2 year old sprouts with 30% showing 1/2" to 3/4" long legs. $800 Out of Stock.
400 plants, 2 year old protocorm/sprouts 80%, remaining 1/4" to 1/2" long legs. $1,900. Out of Stock.
800 plants, 1 year old protocorm 90% with 10% as sprouts. $2,800. Out of Stock.
Polyrrhiza lindeni. Ghost Orchids mounted. Using regular plastic flyscreen we have mounted "clumps" equaling 10 and 20 plants on 8" dimater clay saucers. These established mounts grow well for us hanging vertically in the greenhouse with Spanish moss hanging overhead. Please take care not to spray insecticides or fungicides on ghost orchids.
10 plants clump $240
20 plants clump $400
Shipping for one mount would be the 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 (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. $75
20 plants in flask with 1.5" to 2" long legs. $130.
10 plants in clump mounted on 4" diameter clay plate. $125
20 plants in clump mounted on 8" diameter clay plate. $200.
Dendrophylax funalis. A leafless orchid more similar to the Dendrophylax fawcetti but with a shorter tail/spur.
10 plants with 1" long legs. Replated recently and now on hold until plants are restablished in agar to safely ship. Check back in September 2021.
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" to 1.5" tall. $40. We have 3 flasks at present.
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. On Hold, check back in August 2021.
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. $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. For you wealthy dowiana aficionados, Roy Tokunaga is currently 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 you can buy it.
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.
7 plants 1" tall. $140, Only 1 flask available. .
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. Only 1 flask left.
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 coerulea (Drago x Alexis). In 1984 I first met scrappy Serbian Drago Strahinja in a shit-kicking bar down in Homestead Florida. The name Strahinja is a pagan name dating back to medieval Serbia first recorded in 1322. Pagan name Strahinja translates to great fear, dread, or horror. To say Drago (Dragutin) was a pagan would probably be an understatement. Imagine Marlon Brando playing Stanley Kowalski in the 1951 movie ‘A Streetcar named Desire’… Drago Strahinja on any night could have easily stepped in as a perfect substitute actor to play Stanley Kowalski for Marlon Brando. In time and prior to his orchid nursery shutdown in 1992 I came to realize Drago to be an outstanding orchid grower and species breeder with a very keen eye on perfection in orchid breeding. See page 61 of Carl Withner’s Volume 1 ‘The Cattleyas and Their Relatives’, Drago Strahinja's Cattleya var coerulea 'Drago' is the finest blue Cattleya gaskelliana I have ever seen since it is my opinion the more popular Blue Dragon is but a division of the early Drago. After Drago and Hannelore went their separate ways and a couple of years before the Drago nursery closed, I did manage to buy 4 select C gaskelliana coerulea (Drago x Alexis) juvenile plants from Hannelore since many diehard species growers in orchid-capital Miami including Ruben Sauledo (of RIO Orchids) were convinced this cross was going to give birth to the best C gaskelliana coerulea messiah of all time. Next door neighbor Ruben Sauledo had done the flasking on the C gaskelliana coerulea (Drago x Alexis) cross for Drago. Of the 4 juvenile plants I bought in Homestead, 3 turned out to be the NOT quite coerulea enough to "tag" as blue for us overly-picky snoots at HBI. One plant did to my great delight however turn out to be an exceptional blue which I named C gaskelliana coerulea (Drago x Alexis) cultivar Mick Select. All 3 of the wonderful cultivar 'Runner-up' plants 1, 2 and 3 are unusually beefy tough plants and throw up huge long-lasting gorgeous less-than-coerulea colored flowers every April.
We are now offering divisions of the C gaskelliana coerulea (Drago x Alexis) cultivar Runner-up 1of3. Please note: Even though both parents are excellent blues, this 'Runner-up' cultivar would struggle to qualify as a blue in a basic orchid judging forum. We have divisions of a minimum size 6-bulbs starting at $150.
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.
10 plants 1" tall. Out of Stock, check back in August 2021.
C. guttata var coerulea Bahia. Our stud plant is a monster with bulbs (more like tree branches) 3 feet long which will outgrow a greenhouse in 2 years. This is a mericlone.
10 plants 1" to 1.5". $40. Should be ready to safely ship in September 2021.
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.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $40.
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 1" to 1.5" tall. $40. Will be safe to ship in September 2021.
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 summer of 2021.
10 plants 1" tall. $40. Sold Out. Check back in winter of 2021.
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 1.5" to 2" tall. $40
We have a division of the (Impassionata x DA Norma Dreher) pod parent plant for sale. $175.
C. lueddemanniana var alba (Candelaria x Clint McDade) Select #22. This plant is a true alba in that there is no yellow in the throat. In this picture you may think you see some yellow color deep in the throat but it is only a very slight photgraphic shadow. From the original flask we bloomed 21 plants total and all had very light yellow in the throat, this one plant did not. We have one division of 6 bulbs with one sheath available February 2021 for $225 Sold
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.
We have one division from our orchid laboratory's select breeder named 'WhoopsTooMuchRed' , 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. $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.
10 plants 1.5" tall. $40, we will be shipping these flasks again in July 2021
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 April 2021 we divided this stud plant into 5 divisions (5-bulbs minimum).
These divisions are now for sale:
Divison A. 5-bulbs 4 flowers $500. Sold
Divison B. 5-bulbs 3 buds $325
Divison C. 6-bulbs 3 buds $325
Divison D. 6-bulbs $285
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. We might have a few 10-plant size flasks again in August 2021.
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.
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 . $50. Will be safe to ship in August 2021. Only 3 flasks.
We have one mature previously bloomed division from our top breeder plant for sale, 6 bulbs for $150, picture is available.
C. percivaliana alba var grandiflora (Sonia x (Sonia x self)). Large bright white alba, neon orange throat. Sonia is the best percivaliana alba ever domestically grown. 10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $45, will ship again in June 2021. 3 flasks only.
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. $ 45. ON HOLD until August 2021 waiting on last replate to mature. .
And, from southern Peru we now have flasks of Cattleya rex var ayacucho.
10 plants 1" tall. $70. Out of Stock. Check back in July 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 wild collected plants.
10 plants 1.5". $45. Limited.
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. $50, two flasks available.
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 legendary Orchid Jungle nursery.
Currently in mother flask. Should be available August 2021.
C. trianaei var coerulea (Escapee 8893313 x OKF 2485). The very large flowered Escapee 8893313 "escaped" from Nicolás Maduro's Venezuela 3 years ago to marry our best coerulea stud plant OKF 2485 (right side).
Currently in mother flask. Should be available fall 2021.
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. $60.
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" tall. $45. Out of Stock
We are offering for sale 3 divisions from the Henrique,
Division A. 6-bulbs $285
Division B. 7-bulbs 2 flowers. $400
Division C. 9-bulbs 4 flowers. $500 Sold
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. We hope to be offering this new Cattleya warneri selection in Spring 2022.
Cattleya (Retro Mick aquinii x dowiana var aurea forma marmorata). Our Cattleya Retro Mick aquinii is a C gaskelliana x C warscewiczii cross that was made by a close friend in Costa Rica approximately 7 years ago. From this swarm 1,100 plants were grown out to blooming size and two plants were aquinii, I was able to secure the best aquinii for our HBI greenhouse. The C dowiana var aurea forma marmorata is from my great-great uncle's collection C dowiana var aurea forma marmorata (left side picture) and is one of many divisions handed down over the years to his relatives. We are also trying create a Cattleya (Retro Mick aquinii x C rex ) cross. These 2 crosses are pods now and could be put into retail size flasks in the summer of 2022.
C. lueddemanniana (var rubra WhoopsTooMuchRed x coerulea (La Orquidea x Azul)). Our WhoopsTooMuchRed is THE best select from the entire C lueddemanniana var rubra (Sarita x Yamile) cross. Our hope is to retain the brilliant fuchsia red in the sepals/petals and see the very dark very velvety solid blue in the lip. We feel our chances are probably 20% to 33% that we will succeed in any degree with this distinct color distribution. This cross could be available for purchase in early 2022.
C. percivaliana (Merril AM x (Summit FCC x Teresa Antonio AM/AOS)). We made the Summit x Teresa Antonio cross 6 years ago which sold out within the first year. For the past 3 years every year we have tried to use the Merril as a stud plant but to no avail since I think this plant (mericlone) is a polyploid and not keen on reproducing the old fashioned toothpicking way. However this year after employing a few tricks we have 3 promising pods going from the 18 flowers we pollinated for the 2021 season, one straight and 2 reverse. Perhaps we will have this three-time AOS champion cross available in late 2022.
C amethystoglossa var coerulea (Blue Bloop x (Ana Luisa x Vitoria)). From the Ana Luisa x Victoria cross approximately 15% of the offspring were coerulea, we used one of those coerulea plants in this cross. We are planning to offer these flasks in late 2022.
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. This cross along with a cross of C schroederae ((Hercules AM x self) x SVO AM) will hopefully both be available in the summer of 2022.
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, only 3 flasks available.
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
On May 11, 2021 we have some previously-bloomed male potted plants coming into bud for sale. Starting at $75. Contact us for the specifics to purchase.
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.
10 plants 1" to 1.5" tall. $45. The last batch of replates is almost finished pouting. Will ship in June 2021.
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. 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.