Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’

Family: Orchidaceae

Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ is a hybrid Dendrobium orchid, that was created by crossing Dendrobium kingianum with Dendrobium ‘Mini Pearl’ (Dendrobium ‘Mini Pearl’ was created by crossing Dendrobium canaliculatum with Dendrobium bigibbum).  This new orchid is very popular with indoor gardeners.  Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ produces stems that resemble bamboo canes.  Plants flower for a few months every year.  These rose pink coloured, scented flowers are at their most fragrant in the morning and again at dusk.  I think of Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ flowers as producing a delicate perfume, with a scent that is somewhat reminiscent of berries.  This is a light perfume, it’s not a scent that will perfume a whole room – you’d need to have a close encounter with this orchid to take in the flower’s light fragrance.

If you’re considering growing this orchid, I must tell you that to bloom Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ successfully, you will need to provide your plant with a distinct winter season, where your plant will experience a reduction in watering, alongside cooler temperatures.  This is something that needs to be undertaken in a controlled manner, as Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ is a tender plant, that is unlikely to survive freezing temperatures.  Ideally, Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ plants enjoy a cooler, drier winter period, when temperatures will not fall below 10C (50F).  Water plants occasionally, once every three weeks or so, during the winter period.

Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ can be grown indoors as a houseplant.  To grow this orchid well, you’ll need to provide your plant with favourable growing conditions.  These orchids flourish in a light, but not overly bright position.  Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ plants enjoy growing in a humid environment.  To increase the humidity levels around your plant, you can mist your plants with rainwater and place a saucer or bowl of water nearby.  This orchid does not want to sit directly in water.  If you have a steamy bathroom, perhaps with a frosted window, your Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ plant will be very happy growing in this location.  Although there are exceptions –  I must tell you that this orchid will not be happy growing on a window sill above a radiator at any time, but particularly during the autumn and winter months.

You don’t need to grow this orchid inside a terrarium, but if you wanted to, you could grow Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ inside a medium or large sized terrarium.  The plants will appreciate the higher humidity levels and the growing conditions that terrariums provide.

This orchid flourishes in a light, bright area.  When placing your Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ plant, be sure to place your plant in a position where your plant will receive bright, but indirect light.  Take care to protect your Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ plant from harsh direct light, that might scorch this orchid’s leaves.

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