Vanilla Bean Vine does anyone know about it?

yasminshi(10 Fl)June 28, 2007

My motrher-in-law baught a Vanilla bean Vine at an Orchid show back in May. When we bought it, the salesman told us to just plant one end in soil and lean it up against a tree. It has not grown or done anything since we got it. Though there are little roots before the soil, but they were there when we bought it. I'm not sure what we are doing wrong, Or if anyone can help us.

I have pictures but i dont know how to send them.

Can anyone help me?



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jimster(z7a MA)

The plant is Vanilla planifolia, which is an orchid, not a bean. It is native to rainforest areas of Mexico, which will give you an idea of its cultural requirements. It is tropical, not subtropical, so growing it outdoors successfully will depend on where in Florida you live.

It is an epiphyte, meaning it grows on trees, not in soil. I suggest you tie it in close contact to a tree with fishing line. Don't bother with soil. Spray it with water daily unless there is rain. Don't worry if you miss watering sometimes. Spray it occasionally with a soluble plant food diluted to half strength. Eventually, it should start to grow and send out roots which will cling tightly to the tree. During the cool part of winter, if it gets cool, don't water. If there is a cold spell, cover it with a blanket. It may not bloom for a couple of years or more while getting established. The vanilla "beans" are the seed pods which follow the flowers.


    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 6:38PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

To Jimsters info, I will add that natural pollination of the vanilla orchid is very poor... most of the "beans" grown commercially are the result of hand-pollination.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 7:14PM
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