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This is a discussion on vanilla within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I thought you might be interested in these photos of my vanilla vines. I have ...

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    I thought you might be interested in these photos of my vanilla vines. I have 30 or so "beans" that are growing with many more flower buds coming along. The first picture is the flower, the second how they look when they "take" or are pollinated and the third the resulting beans. I also have many vines of vanilla tahitensis, but none are in flower. Their flavor is considered superior to the planifolia or pompona varieties.

    The processing of vanilla beans is actually one of the most important steps. If they are not processed correctly, the flavor is very limited. I spent quite some time with a "professional" dryer in Raiatea, and saw the different steps she went through to get the best quality vanilla. Actually a pretty controlled process.

    I use a lot of vanilla in coffee, rhum, cooking, etc., here and never use extract.

    Anybody else grow vanilla?
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    That is amazing! We have a huge vanilla vine and it blooms for us, but we have never made any beans. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Thanks for the lovely pictures of your vanilla vines and vanilla beans. I have never ever seen either of these. What a treat ! Such a rewarding challenge & I would love to come have a cup or glass of something with you !!!! Distance is just too great ! boo hoo

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    Great pics, How are the flowers pollinated? Do you let them dry on the vine?
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    The pictures and the info are both very cool! I do not grow vanilla myself; I don't have the space.

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    Oh! Those are wonderful pictures! I have one small vanilla. It have just two big leaves but it is growing... I really hope that it will make it to adjust my enviroment . Here is now winter and it is too cold for her, so I keep her in the house. I really can't find so much informations about it's culture, so i hope you will help me to keep her alive!

    Mine is growing in a mix of sand and humus, is that ok? in what kind of soil do you grow them?

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    Thanks for the pics MH -- most of us will never see them ourselves as they require so much space


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    Actually you can grow vanilla vines in quite a small space. Because they are vines they just climb all over themselves. If anyone is interested I will get a picture of how some people here grow them at home in a pot, and they flower fine. They have to be in a mix that retains moisture but doesn't get soggy. Mine are just growing on a hedge and send a few roots down into the ground, but they are not really terrestrial. Need something to climb up and on. The flowers have to be pollinated by hand; there is only one small insect that can do it in the wild and it is something like a 1% chance that it will work. The flowers have both male and female parts in them, but to explain it is a little difficult. You can look it up though I am sure. I've gotten to the point that everyone I pollinate, takes now. Takes a little practice.

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    Default Amazing.

    I want to cultivate this plant someday, too.

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    I would like to learn more and see pictures of vanilla growing in pots.

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