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About 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.

Hybrids List
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.


About the Grower and Hybridizer
In 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.

 
 

I was lucky enough to learn the orchid ropes at an early age which served to enhance my instincts. Growing orchids came very naturally to me and I was able to easily grow just about anything from cool to warm growing orchids. I was never one to let anyone else tell me I couldn't grow something and my determination has paid off over the years. I've always grown phalaenopsis and was specifically attracted to breeding them due the faster time from seed to bloom. I spent many years doing Columbine breeding and was rather spoiled with the 1 year turn around.

Over Twenty years later, I decided I wanted to focus on something different where I could have the opportunity to contribute to a new line of breeding rather than working on incremental improvements along with 100s of other breeders. After growing a few blue phals I completely fell in love with them and started focusing on putting together a solid collection of coerulea stud plants. It has taken about five years to get the foundations plants in place and now I am focused on creating the rest of the foundations plants while also supplimenting my collection with line breeding from the few other hybrizers that also focus on coerulea phals.


Rob and Laela
 
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From here on out you might say I've got the blues and I've found my prozac replacement!

I hope you enjoy the results of my efforts. Some call it compulsion! I like to think of it as creative selectionism.

Good growing! -Rob

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Photos are not to be reproduced without written permission. ©2006 Sapphire Dragon Orchids