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Disa uniflora Disa uniflora Red variety.

Very bright red petals, with less distinct markings on the dorsal sepal than the lighter varieties.

The blooming size plants listed here will bloom red-orange,.

The photo at left is not a true "Red" uniflora, it is more accurately a red-orange.

Near Blooming Size seedling

 

$15

 

 
Disa uniflora Orange Variety.

I have a variety of different orange uniflora crosses. These are mostly red x orange, or red x red-orange. I personally prefer these to the plain red, as they have much more distinctive markings on the dorsal sepal.

Near Blooming Size seedling

 

$15

 


Disa uniflora Peach x Yellow.

Should produce very light peach colored blooms. The photo to the left is of the yellow variety.

Near Blooming Size seedling $15  
Disa uniflora Pink.

Pink unifloras are beautiful, but can be tricky to grow after they flower.

Near Blooming Size seedling $15  
Disa uniflora Orange x Yellow.

This cross should produce orange or yellow-orange blooms.

The photo shown here is an orange.

Near Blooming Size seedling

 

$15

 

 
Disa uniflora Yellow x Red.

The photo to the left shows a light red Disa uniflora.

Near Blooming Size seedling $15  
Disa uniflora Yellow unifloras are notoriously difficult to care for; they are susceptible to disease and are not especially vigorous growers.

These seedlings, however, represent and attempt to increase the genetic variability and vigor of yellow uniflora. They are the product of a yellow uniflora crossed with an orange uniflora, and then crossed back to a yellow. Consequently, roughly half of these seedlings should bloom pure yellow. The rest will be light orange.

Blooming Size $35 Sold out.
Disa tripetaloides A beautiful, small blooming species. This species has been used to make numerous Disa hybrids, to add variety in shape and color, but primarily to increase the flower count.

The color of this species varies from nearly white to a light purple. It is worth finding space for this species in your collection whether you plan to breed them or not!

Blooming Size $30 Currently Unavailable
Disa aurata Another smaller blooming species that is commonly bred with uniflora to increase flower count. Like tripetaloides, though, this species is attractive and worth growing in its own right. Blooming Size $30 Currently Unavailable

Hybrids




Disa Almond Blossom x Disa Veitchii Almond Blossom is Kirstenbosch Pride x Veitchii.

The photo shown here is Veitchii.

Near Blooming Size seedling $15 Sold Out
Disa (Riversdale x uniflora) x yellow uniflora Riversdale is cardinalis x aurata.

The photo to the left is Riversdale x uniflora.

Near Blooming Size seedling $15  
Disa Auratkew (Kewensis x aurata) This is a medium to small hybrid that hold several beautiful blooms, as you can see in the photo. Blooming Size $30 Currently Unavailable

Disa California Gold (Auratkew x uniflora) Auratkew is Aurata x uniflora.

Similar to the Auratkew above, but with larger blooms, due to the uniflora parent.

Near Blooming Size seedling $15  
Disa Diores (uniflora x Veitchii) Veitchii is uniflora x racemosa.

Like many Disa hybrids, this one is mostly uniflora with another species a few generations in the background. Expect uniflora-like blooms, influenced by the pink or purple tones of the Veitchii.

Near Blooming Size seedling

 

$15

 

 
Disa Foam (Betty's Bay x uniflora) Betty's Bay is uniflora x Diores.

Just like the Diores above, this hybrid is mostly uniflora. In this case, the racemosa is one generation further removed. Foam and Unifoam (bred back to uniflora) are among the most beautiful and sought after Disa hybrids, as well as the most awarded. The blooms are sometimes larger than uniflora, and frequently more numerous.

Near Blooming Size seedling

 

$15

 

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Disa Kewensis (uniflora x tripetaloides) A great primary hybrid! Blooms are medium to small, and light purple or pink. Near Blooming Size seedling

 

$15

 

 
Disa Kirstenbosch Pride (uniflora x cardinalis) Another primary hybrid, this time producing many bright red blooms. Because of the uniflora parent, the blooms are surprisingly large, and still very numerous due to the cardinalis. Great hybrid! Blooming Size $30 Currently Unavailable

Disa Langleyensis (racemosa x tripetaloides) Yet another wonderful primary. This hybrid usually displays numerous small, light pink blooms. Near Blooming Size seedling $15  

Disa Ruby Blush (uniflora x Almond Blossom) This should be a large, pink to red hybrid. Near Blooming Size seedling $15  











Disa is a genus of Orchids from South Africa. They have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but the reputation is mostly unwarranted. Disas do require special growing considerations, like all orchids, but are not especially difficult to grow if they have good water and cool to intermediate temperatures.

In fact, Disas are very fast growing compared to most other orchids. If grown well, it is not impossible for a Disa uniflora to bloom only a year out of flask, although two years is much more typical. As such, ALL Disas are "near blooming size" (which typically means that an orchid will bloom within the next two years).

Disa uniflora is the most popular of the Disas, and as you can see in the photos below, they produce some stunning blooms in a variety of colors. In addition, Disa uniflora has been hybridized with several other Disa species, such as Disa tripetaloides, to increase the number of blooms held on a spike and produce more vigorous plants. These hybrids are typically then crossed back with Disa uniflora to improve the size and shape. See the "links" page for more information about Disa culture.

 

I am pleased to announce that we are finally able to offer Disas again! Rather than attempting to keep Disas cool and moist during our hot Colorado summers, I've teamed up with a well respected grower in the state of Oregon.  We hope that with this arrangement, I'll be able to offer a wider variety of Disas, and they will arrive at your door in better shape, having been grown in the ideal conditions of the Pacific Northwest.

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The Gore Orchid Conservatory closed for business in 2008.

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