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.
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
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Can be pruned to 2m
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Customer Comments on 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. | Kima - Booval, Qld 30-Mar-2020
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. | Ben Borthwick - Melbourne, VIC 24-Jan-2013
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 | Terence John Callaghan - Brisbane, QLD 08-Mar-2012
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