Light: Bright to very bright
The Dendrobium Berry Oda will grow at any light level, but strong light is required for full potential. It needs to be partially shaded in the hottest summer sun though to avoid leaf burns. If the foliage is very dark green, it means the orchid isn’t receiving enough light. Keep in an eastern, or partially shaded southern exposure for adequate light levels.
Temperature: 50º F (10º C) to 85º F (30º C)
This orchid is tolerant to a wide range of temperatures for short periods of time, but prefers a maximum temperature of about 82º F (28º C) in its growth period. In the winter time though, it requires a drop in temperature in order to rebloom, even if not quite as dramatic as its parent, the Dendrobium Kingianum. Keep away from freezing conditions though, and start to increase temperatures as the flower spikes start to grow.
Water: Keep evenly moist and reduce watering in the winter time
In the growing seasons, usually summer and fall, water abundantly and keep evenly moist for good growth. Perfect drainage is a must! As the temperatures drop and growths are mature, reduce watering and resume watering after the flower spikes start to develop. Use a coarse medium that provides very good drainage and air flow around the roots.
Keep this plant in a more humid environment during hot temperatures, but ensure a good air ventilation as well. Misting should be performed only in the morning, to avoid standing water during night time.
The Dendrobium Berry Oda is a cross between Dendrobium Kingianum and Dendrobium Bigibbum. This makes it somewhat easier to grow in windowsills, as well as greenhouses. Some growers suggest never using a high nitrogen fertilizer with this orchid, as it will promote the growth of keikis, or offshoots, rather than produce flowers. A high phosphorus fertilizer is the most commonly used fertilizer with this orchid. In the growing season this orchid requires regular feeding with half the amount recommended by the label, but feeding should be withheld completely when canes are mature, usually in late fall and winter. Resume regular feeding after flowers fade.
The flowers are usually bright purple and can smell of honey. Blooms are small, a few centimeters in length, as every raceme can produce up to 15 fragrant flowers, lasting up to two or three months. The canes are taller than the ones on Dendrobium Kingianum and can send out multiple flower spikes.