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Vanilla Planifolia Plant

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Vanilla Planifolia

Stock will be available again by Spring 2022


The world's most popular flavour is also one of the most expensive. Second only to saffron, vanilla is the most valuable edible on Earth.

According to Totonac mythology, the vanilla orchid was born when a princess, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover. The lovers were captured and beheaded. Where their blood touched the ground, the strong vine and delicate orchid grew.

Botanically, vanilla is considered "semi-epiphytic." This means gardeners can plant it in the ground or grow it as an epiphyte, an air plant. The vine is perennial and can reach a length of over 200 feet. Natural vanilla extract comes from the seed pods of the orchid. These pods are the "vanilla beans."


Plant Care

Light

Liking the light but never direct sun light. Keep in sunny area but not too expose to strong light. They need a bright filtered shade in order to bloom, cutting 50% of sunlight will see them thriving. Also require dark night. Best temperature is between 21'-32'.

Water

Only water when the top 2 inches of soil is drying out. They like the soil to be evenly moist but not completely wet. They also thrive on humidity, bathroom is a great start. Foliar spray is good every 2-3 days.

Soil

Well-draining, orchid mix is good. It’s preferable to use sphagnum moss or coco-chip orchid mix in medium. All of these mixes help aerate the roots and give proper drainage

Fertilizer

Give small feed weekly when you first get the plant until they are about 40cm tall. Then cut down to once a month. NPK 20-20-20 is ideal but anything close to that or for Orchid flowers is acceptable. Only use liquid fertiliser.

Wind

Keep away from strong wind. Needing a vine or post to climb. Can be trained to climb around

Frost

No frost - best grown indoor

Fruiting

3-4 years. Once the plant is around 3 years old, it will start to flower for one day. What initiates bloom is somewhat variable. It is thought that a dry period for a couple of months in the winter, as well as the vine reaching the top of the support and cascading off stimulates the flowering process. The blooms appear on flowering spikes that emerge at the leaf axis along the stems and many blooms will emerge from this spike over a period of weeks, usually one at a time and each flower lasts only one day. To produce vanilla beans, the flowers need to be hand pollinated, which is easily done with a toothpick. 6-8 months later a vanilla pod is expected to be ready for harvesting!


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Lucy Tanner

Fast delivery and specialised packaging helped protect from enthusiastic couriers. Plant looks healthy and ready to grow!

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Darien See-Toh
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Very good website, user friendly. Fast delivery and that PERFECT packaging of the plant for shipping, that is awesome, cant get over it!!