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.
Plant Information or Specifications
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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)
Suitability in Pots
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Can be pruned to 2m
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
Question & Answer
Hi, I thought I might give Vanilla a go. Can you tell me how big this vine will grow? maybe any more info you think might be useful? I can do research myself on pollination etc.I have limited space in my backyard and I live in Melbourne. Thanks From:
Vanilla is very sensitive to frosts and more of subtropical - tropical plant. You would need to take steps to protect it in Melbourne from any frosts as it is not recommended. Yes pollination is required and we have a few videos on our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/daleysfr Vanilla is actually quite good in a limited space because it can grow up a pole which is actually quite decorative.
Customer Comments on Vanilla Vine
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
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
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Comments: - I would love to grow this orchid but know nothing about growing it, would it even think about growing in the humid sunshine coast ?
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