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ethylene gas to induce flowering in vanilla?

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    Default ethylene gas to induce flowering in vanilla?

    has anyone ever hear of using ethylene to induce flowering in vanilla?
    i know it is used in the industry but has this ever been
    tried on vanilla? im thinking about giving it a try... my plant is a few years old
    and bagging the planter it is in will be no small feet but i'm wanting to try before
    the spring sun/heat really kicks in... just throwing this question out there cuz i
    haven't really found vanilla specific reports on ethylene use
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    What I know is you can use either ripe bananas or slice apples to induce flowering. Both banana and apples give out ethylene when they are ripening and certainly rotting. This is a common procedure in flowering bromeliads. It would be interesting to know if it works for orchids too.

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    I am off topic since my opinion is : let nature run its course !

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    They are better off on the tree tops, unreachable locations! I believe that too.

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    HAHA! i'm all about letting nature do it's thing... BUT i'm mainly interested in doing this out of pure curiosity... my major was horticulture science so the scientist in me wants to try this ;-) like Gurgeet said, this is surefire way to get bromeliads (well, lots of things really) to flower, something i have done before but only to see how effective it really would be... the thing with vanilla is that it can take ages to flower on its own and is often force-flowered for commercial purposes, usually by cutting a portion of the active growth point... i dont much feel like waiting or cutting and this gives me a fun science project to tinker with! im just wonderin if ill find a way to wrap the danged planter its in!

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    Try it! I am certainly curious about the results as well...and I don't have room to grow my own vanilla to experiment with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    Try it! I am certainly curious about the results as well...and I don't have room to grow my own vanilla to experiment with!
    ya, mine's been growing in a massive planter box that has bougainvillea in the back growing out and over the balcony rail and a mishmash of strong stemmed things for cover/support towards the front of the box... the challenge as you can see is to find a way to cover the vanilla growing in/on/allover this ! i'll come up with something i'm sure but it will likely look... very... special! but i'll try it for a week or so... yall will hear about it if it works!!!

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    It's possible that you might not even need to wrap the entire plant but might be able to get away with just doing a section of it. In any event, I look forward to hearing about your results.

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    Just one caution, shane, and I'm sure you know this - ethylene gas will also wilt an orchid bloom, so you'd have to be very careful you didn't take the plant through flowering and out the other side!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Just one caution, shane, and I'm sure you know this - ethylene gas will also wilt an orchid bloom, so you'd have to be very careful you didn't take the plant through flowering and out the other side!
    YES! this is one of my other points of interest concerning the vanilla! not that i have any intention of bagging them for more than a week/weekhalf... expecting flower induction after they are uncovered... but vanilla flowers themselves produce an abnormally high amount of ethylene, guess that accounts for their short life... so my plan is to expose the plant for a a short time hopefully long enough to trigger induction then let it take over from there...i dont want to gas it all the way till it has flowers forming, just nudge it in the right direction! ;-)

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