Producing tall stems that closely resemble densely packed thickets of Bamboo. It is easy to see why the Dendrobium orchid has been nicknamed the bamboo orchid! The Berry Oda cultivar branches are covered in petite pink-colored blooms. Each flower emits a sweet scent that is both pleasant and delicate. These petite blooms will last for several months before returning to a vegetative state.
Dendrobium means tree (dendron) life (bios) and is a direct reference to how this orchid grows directly on trees.
Dendrobium 'Berry Oda' Plant Care Tips
How to care for information:
Do not place your Bamboo Orchid indirect light. Make sure it is safely tucked out of reach from the sun's harmful rays. Their leaves are susceptible to burning if exposed to direct sunlight.
A sufficient amount of bright light must be provided. Make sure the plant receives a minimum of 50% bright light during the day.
Temperature fluctuating is key to encouraging your orchid to rebloom. There should be an 8 to 12 °C difference between day and night temperatures.
Blooms usually last 6 - 8 weeks in the ideal environment. Once they have fallen off, your orchid will need to sense a temperature change to rebloom. You can encourage this by:
Maintaining cool day and night temperatures in the Autumn or Fall of 10 °C to 15 °C.
Elevate the day and night temperatures in spring once buds appear from 16 °C to 18 °C.
Maintain day temperatures once blooms form at 27 °C to 32 °C. And provide lots of light!
The Dendrobium 'Berry Oda' Plant Story
Where is it from?
This particular Dendrobium is a cross between two Dendrobiums. The Dendrobium Kingianum, and the Dendrobium Bigibbum. Both of which can be found growing in the Australasia region.
Who is the Dendrobium 'Berry Oda'?
The Berry Oda is an epiphytic orchid, that grows in a bifurcating pattern. As the plant reaches the end of its life cycle it produces offsets with pseudobulbs. These can be left to grow into a new plant or separated and repotted later on.
Is the Dendrobium 'Berry Oda' the right plant for me?
The Berry Oda Orchid is an exquisite specimen and can be a fun and rewarding plant to grow in your home. They can be quite easy to take care of once you have found the correct lighting and developed a watering schedule.
Encouraging your Orchid to re-bloom can be quite simple and often will occur naturally if your plant is placed by a window. Ultimately, they are great plants for people of all experience levels. However, orchids have long been thought of as fussy by those who lack the patience to watch them develop throughout their life cycle.
Pet Friendly: No this plant is not Pet Friendly.
Location Suggestions: We suggest placing this Orchid up on a shelf close to an East or West facing window. It is vital to the Orchid's health that it receives a minimum of 50% bright light per day.
Dendrobium 'Berry Oda' Care Guide
Place your Bamboo orchid in a shaded spot where it will receive plenty of bright indirect light or filtered light.
Water sparingly in the winter. Your plant is dormant and will not be actively growing. The soil should be damp to the touch, not sopping and should never dry out.
In the spring and Summer or once blooms have appeared, increase the watering. Check every 5 days to make sure the soil is consistently damp.
Provide cool temperature in the Autumn and Winter season, 10°C to 15°C. And during the day in Spring and summer keep the temperature warm from 21°C to 24°C.
Fertilizer: We highly recommend using a balanced fertilizer formulated for orchids. 0.02-0.02-0.02. Fertilize with every other watering once buds appear into the summer. Cease feeding your orchid after the blooms have fallen off.
Soil: We recommend using a mix of coco coir, sphagnum moss and orchid bark mix. You want to achieve a soil that is well-draining and allows airflow at the root zone. The Cococoir will help to retain water and nutrients.
Propagation: This is difficult and usually consists of separating plantlets from the mother plant.
Repotting: Hydrate the root zone and media for easy removal. And plant into fresh damp soil. This can be done every 12-24 months after the plant has lost its blooms.
Cleaning Tip: Check the axis of the leaves and stem for any mealy bugs. Wipe leaves down gently with a microfibre cloth.
Dendrobium 'Berry Oda' General Information
Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific
Blooming: Typically blooms in the Winter and the Spring when the temperatures drop.
Yes, the Bamboo Orchid is toxic and not safe for consumption.