Great Plants this Month Winter

Dendrobium Berry Oda

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Louise Sims

Straight off, I’ll admit that I am not a fan of tender orchids, especially not the sort that are so popular in garden centres: so perfect they could be made of plastic, and the flowers so long lasting that they need dusting.

However, several years ago when I was visiting one of my sisters, her dendrobium just happened to be in flower, and I was very taken with it. So, she eased out a rooted stem, I took it home, potted it up in orchid compost and it never looked back.

Having spent all last weekend outside in the freezing cold, obeying Laura’s instructions to ‘get mulching’(!), I have since retreated inside and spent time admiring our handiwork through a framework of Berry Oda and have been reminded once again what a real beauty this orchid is. It is also very undemanding, spending the whole year on our bedroom windowsill (west facing), and sitting between the curtain and the window it gets very cold in the winter.

It is apparently a cool growing dendrobium hybrid, the parents of which are from Australia. I know this because I recently decided (for the purposes of writing this piece) that I wanted to find out its name, so I sent a photograph to a very helpful lady called Sara at Burnham Nurseries. She also sent me a ‘care sheet’, the most useful hint being not to cut off the tall canes as they are its food store for the future.

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6 replies on “Dendrobium Berry Oda”

Well Louise if you get another rooted stem of that orchid I would be very interested! Just saying! No New Horizons this year, have to catch up elsewhere!

Jennie, I will certainly do this for you … you will love it! Failing New Horizons, I can always put it in the post!

Thank you, Louise, for your article on the dendrobium. At last, I now know what my orchid is. I bought it at a local plant sale and it was simply labelled ‘orchid’. I had no idea how to treat it. Now I know!
No flowers yet, but I am hopeful…

Now I know what to plant my orchid (rescued from my daughter)in. A square glass vase. Why hadn’t I thought of that.

Totally agree Helen. That square vase/pot just gives the whole plant a bit more gravitas doesn’t it. Caroline here, and I also made a mental note to copy that. Im not sure what happens about drainage holes though. I’ll ask Louise and report back.

Helen I’m so sorry to take so long to reply. So long in fact that it took Louise to remind me that I hadn’t done the research I promised!
Anyway – this is Louise’s info on the square vase:

‘You’re right the lovely glass vase does not have drainage holes but the base is shaped downwards at each corner, which does allow for just a little over watering!
The main thing is to water very carefully and to under not over do it. Less is more!’

So I think if we spare the watering-can we can aspire to undrained vases?
I agree this one looked lovely😍

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