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This is a discussion on Vanilla Planifolia within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Congratulations. The buds of mine have dried out this year....
The buds of mine have dried out this year.
hi Ms Connie
I am asking if you would share a couple of cuttings of your vanilla orchid with me?
thanks and God Bless
very nice-love the clean yellow color too.thx for the share.
I had what I thought was V. planifolia, but the blooms were always different. I finally found a vine with blooms identical to mine; it was called Vanilla bahiana and is supposed to be from a small region in Brazil. I'll post blooms when next in flower. Easy to grow as long as you don't bury the cuttings in the potting mix. Just lightly cover with mix, and keep slightly damp. The roots will sense the dampness, and seek it out. They can get quite long if kept happy.
My vanda roots do the same once they reach the ground (all mine are hanging up). My vanilla, when I still had it in the pot, would grow the roots round and round the inside top, but never would penetrate the mix. After a few years a some branches located the back fence, and gradually took it over. Eventually I tossed out the pot, and the branches on the fence are pretty much self-sustaining. I spray them once in a while.
Hi! I didn't want to open a new thread but I just wanted to ask. I've been eyeing a vanilla plant for some time. Not for flowers or beans, just I'd like to have vanilla plant at home (I am a vanilla taste and scent lover though) and I think it would be cool to have among my other orchids a vanilla planifolia. And I think leaves look decorative itself. Of course I understand they will never be so beautiful as in botanical gardens or in Florida and other warm & humid places they grow all year around. The question is: Do they well at home (standard Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium environment, I can keep them as light as Cattleyas, if needed)? Summer outside, we have hot and humid summers here from the end of May till the end of Sept.
And for humidity reasons I can grow it in our bathroom in colder months, it's warm, light there and at least twice a day humidity like 80%.
Can I grow Vanilla as a hanging plant or I must make it to climb? My intentions is not to torture any plant, least an orchid. I just want to know if it can thrive well in my home, even without flowering, I'm fine with that. Thanks and have a nice weekend!
I got it to grow very well in tropical Phuket (Thailand), but for some reason they never flower here despite growing into huge 5 meter long vines climbing up trees... does anyone know the secret???
Ephemera, I've read vanilla blossoms when it reaches the top, like in the greenhouse the roof or so. It is as suggested to break the tip of the vine to tell it it's time to blossom. Maybe some vanilla growers will explain in a better manner. Happy Easter btw!
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