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Vanilla Planifolia

Vanilla planifolia – Vanilla (plant)

5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$18.65

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Description

A tropical orchid species whose fermented fruit are one of the worlds most important flavourings, vanilla. Natural vanilla contains 35+ aromatic compounds, giving it a distinct advantage over synthetic vanilla. The fruit contain around 3.5% vanillin. Flowers are hand pollinated and the ripe fruit is fermented and cured for several months before being used.

Care and Cultivation

Vanilla planifolia does best in a humid hothouse or indoors in colder areas. Potting mix should be well drained, rich and moist; a mix between orchid and normal potting mix with sand, peat moss and perlite works well for us. The plant will need a trellis or preferably a tree trunk/dead log to attach its aerial roots to for support and also nourishment. In a large pot, place the log vertical, on one side of the pot and fill up remainder of pot with potting mix and then plant cutting next to the log. Tie it in place until it attaches to the log with its aerial roots. Part shade.

Commercial growers train plants in loops to encourage optimal flowering. Flowers need to be hand pollinated and fruit can take 5 to 7 months to ripen.

They can be kept as pot plants in non-tropical areas and brought inside when the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius.

Our plants are cut from the mother vine on as need basis, pot up on arrival as per instructions above.

1 plant

2 reviews for Vanilla planifolia – Vanilla (plant)

  1. 5 out of 5

    My order, including Vanilla plant, came today. Fantastic. You’ve obviously put a lot of effort into packaging and labelling for small price of order.
    Thanks 8) ,
    Gary

  2. 5 out of 5

    These things are tricky to find these days… lots of places ‘list’ them but they always seem to be out of stock. Herbalistics sent me a superb cutting which is growing vigorously… the fact that it was in stock when I ordered, and the convenience of having it sent to me, was excellent. Highly recommended.

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