Sapphire Dragon Orchids
Sapphire Dragon Orchids (SDO) is dedicated to producing world class coerulea Phalaenopsis. As a smaller boutique grower, we have very limited space and can only focus on small special projects. We run our own lab and all of our hybrids are produced in limited quanities. Our hybridizing goals are foused on creating high quality coerulea phal hybrids, species and foundation stud plants.
Our operation is now located at Rolling Rock Ranch in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Unique orchids have always been our first love.
Early in 2000 grower and hybridizer Rob Shepherd decided to start building a extensive
collection of breeding quality coerulea phalaenopsis in
hopes of being a leader in this unique line of breeding.
By 2005 his breeding stock were producing a strong range
of hybrids. In early 2006, the first part of this dream
became a reality and Sapphire Dragon Orchids was created.
Rob is also focused on educating orchid growers about coerulea Phalaenopsis and showing off the these beautiful flowers. Our sister website Orchid Vault is an online community focused on providing a venue for the sharing of information and to help foster the growth of a new generation orchid hybridizers.
We try to keep this list as up to date as possible with hybrids that we have announced. Crosses that have not been registered are not added until after registration is complete, so this list is usually at least a year beyhind from what is actually in the greenhouse. Link to Current Hybrids
Photography and Display of the Color Blue
Its generally important to note that the blue coloration in orchids
is particularly difficult to accurately capture in a photograph.
All of our photos are color corrected to match the color of the
plant sitting beside a color calibrated monitor. We've had problems
in the past with monitors that did not correctl display color.
For instance the site was originally designed on a monitor that
apparently looked too blue and the interface looked purple on
most peoples monitors and also appeared purple in print. So the
interface for the entire site was recently updated so that looks
as intended on most monitors and prints correctly.
We make every
effort possible to display our photos as accurately as possible,
but depending on your monitor they may appear different. The interface
for this website should appear deep blue with a hint of violet.
the Grower and Hybridizer
1984 I began my addiction with orchids with the purchase of my
first Cattleya. Within the year I found other local growers and
my windowsill collection grew to 3 orchids. That same year I joined
the Central East Texas Orchid Society. Within a very short time
I joined the ranks of orchid enthusisists bearing the orchid fever
banner proudly. At the ripe old age of 11, I became the youngest
member of our local society. The following year in May I joined
the American Orchid Society. Both my interest in orchids and my
collection quickly increased in size and it wasn't long before
my growing collection made the move from the windowsill to a greenhouse.