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Eliza starts with ...
Hi I live in Ballina northern NSW. Do you think the Vanilla vine will grow here. If so, when would be the best time to plant it?

I am not sure if it would get too cold in the winter - we don't have any frosts where I live.

Would it grow over a wire frame rather than a tree?
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sternus1 says...
well, you're in a pretty iffy area for Vanilla. I would still say that it is worth a shot, just make sure that you have it somehwere were it gets absolutely no frost, and no sun to weakly dappled light.

Getting them going in a hot house is the best thing to do. You have a very small window in which to pollinate the flowers, if you miss the boat you won't get any pods.

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coastie says...
Hi Eliza, I live in Tweed area and have grown vanilla orchid very well for the last 20 yrs.Some of the vines flower twice a year.They have grown up into trees, some in shadehouse,mine have spread several metres.I also have a variegated leaf one but no flowers yet, it is only young,they grow very well here for me, I think you could do alright if you have a very sheltered spot,it likes rough bark trees to attach the roots to, I don't grow for pods...just the flowers and their sweet fragrance.
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