Vanilla Vine

Vanilla planifolia

John Picones vanilla beans that have been hand pollinated near Byron Bay NSW Australia

The fermented pod of this climbing orchid is harvested from the Vanilla Vine or orchid, an aromatic sweet scents used to flavour cakes, and perfumes. Must be hand pollinated. The only insect capable of pollinating the blossom is the Melipona, a bee (see video) , native only to Mexico so all plants must be hand pollinated within 12 hours of the flower opening. The pods take nine month to develop.

$27.00 ($19.75-$27.00 choose a size)

Specifications of Vanilla Vine

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

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Vanilla Vine Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 9months ago

Everton Park, Qld, Australia

Vanilla Vine

Grows in a pot under a large fern tree in Brisbane.

1y ago

Booval, Qld, Australia, Australia

Vanilla Vine

Have been growing in a 30x30cm pot in 2 parts soil, 1 part orchid mix and 1 part cow manure. Its growing well except it started as 2 vines and one vine rotted at the base. Now it is a single vine but looking very healthy. I have a water catcher under it.

★★★★ 4y ago

KEW, VIC, Australia

I cook and Im great at growing (Australian) Orchids. This one will be more of a challenge but a terrific reward

★★ 5y ago


The idea of growing my own vanilla is so romantic, I have already practiced pollinating on another vine so I am very excited to get my own flowers, in a few years! haha. I have already researched the curing and drying process.

★★ 6y ago


Was an experiment growing outside. Grew amazingly the first year, tripling its height! Unfortunately it rotted extensively the following winter. It surived, but never recovered, so eventually we removed it. We tried to grow its cutting inside, and it s...

★★★★ 7y ago

Tingalpa, QLD, Australia

This guy has grown so quickly and is loving it's shady humid area, no flowers yet.  It is growing well in a pot under a patio and I have just had 6 successful cuttings take root and form new leaves from this main plant.  If you have somewhere to dark...

★★★★ 8y ago

Cooroy, Qld, Australia

I would love to grow this orchid but know nothing about growing it, would it even think about growing in the humid sunshine coast ?

Ben Borthwick
8y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Living in a cooler area. its possible to grow vanilla indoors in the bathroom where there is high humidity. Have known of them to even set fruit.

Terence John Callaghan
9y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia


Put mine ina100ml pot of decaying grass @ leaves from the garden i put in a bamboo 6foot stake and put it in a shaddy position it has grown to1.70 meters in afew months

★★★ 10y ago


I love vanilla.  I got this off ebay a few months ago and had it in the green house but wasn't doing well.  Now it is in a hanging basket on my front verada.  It seems to be surving.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

★★★★ 10y ago


These have grown really quickly and are doing great. I spray every day with water to create humidity. Not sure how to get flowers so will need to do more research

★★★ 11y ago

BAMBAROO, QLD, Australia

Putting forth good growth but yet to flower or fruit.  Only a young plant.

★★★ 11y ago

roleystone, wa, aust

touch of tropics, fascinated with epiphytes nad rainforests, and fresh vanilla is far superior if you're a foodie

11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

I love vanilla and my Aunt has had success growing this orchid. I would like to know how this plant is doing... but I can't remember where I planted it!

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