Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla Vine)Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews.
The vanilla vine is actually a climbing orchid which produces the valuable vanilla pods. Quite large green/yellow flowers are produced which must be hand pollinated in order for them to produce the vanilla pods.
Flowers will only last one day, and if left un-pollinated, will fall off. The plants are self-fertile, and pollination requires the transfer of the pollen from the another to the stigma, which involves using a small splinter of wood or a grass stem to carefully lift the rostellum (i.e. flap) out of the way and press the overhanging anther against the stigma. You need to do this soon after the flower opens. Remember that the flower only lasts one day....never to open again - so you need to be observant.
The vine should be able to produce vanilla pods after 2 or 3 years of good growth.
Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla Vine) - 125mm pot
Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla Vine) - 180mm squat pot
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