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Vanilla Bean Plant?
« on: December 27, 2016, 01:23:49 AM »
Is it a tropical?  Anyone growing vanilla?  We were going to buy some good vanilla for home made ice cream and its $$$$.
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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2016, 02:40:03 AM »
It is an orchid, which can be tricky for some folks.

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2016, 10:09:43 AM »
It's a climbing orchid that needs to grow on a tree or some support.  Some nursery in SoCal will have it.  It is not easy to produce good quality vanilla.
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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 11:46:01 AM »
It takes months to cure before they develop the aroma. Also there's the keeping a tropical orchid alive and pollinating it by hand. It's interesting to grow.

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 10:18:07 PM »
Is it a tropical?  Anyone growing vanilla?  We were going to buy some good vanilla for home made ice cream and its $$$$.
I'm growing it. Yes it's a tropical orchid. You also need to hand pollinate it to get pods. Then the pods need to be dried and cured to get final product. Not so easy, especially in Calif. Would be doable in a controlled greenhouse.
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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 10:50:49 PM »
Im growing it, it seems that they dont mind the cold because it got down to 37 here and they were unaffected, Best of Luck!

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2016, 10:51:21 PM »
Very easy to grow in Hawaii.  I believe it likes lots of humidity and shade.  The tricky part is the hand pollination, but once you learn how to do it, it's pretty simple.

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2016, 12:44:28 AM »
Ive got a few growing inside that im hoping to move out. I think Patrick in spring valley has some well established outside plants.
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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2016, 06:29:29 AM »
You throw a piece on the ground here and it climbs on the nearest tree and goes crazy. They don't set many pods without the hand pollination.

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2016, 03:56:44 PM »
I'm growing it. The vine is very young still, so no orchids, but so far so good! I've keep a number of other orchids alive here so that prompted me to step up my game and try vanilla. It's growing up a palm that is right near my balcony, so as it gets old enough to start putting out flowers/pods, it will be right near where I can lean over and pick them off easily. The base is in a nice rich soil with plenty of coconut husk mulch, shady at the bottom and partially shady as it goes up. So we'll see how it does. Other orchids seem to like the area.

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2016, 12:52:52 PM »
Hi Spaugh, im in spring valley get to the low 30s have one outside NO protection doing very well so far .   Patrick

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2016, 01:00:03 PM »
I grow mine indoors. One of my only orchids that doesn't require a greenhouse.
The hardest plants to grow are often those most worth growing.

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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2016, 01:01:24 AM »
Wow lots of people growing it.  You guys growing it should post some photos if possible.  I want to see how shaded/exposed the plants.
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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
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Re: Vanilla Bean Plant?
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 06:01:53 PM »
Mine is squeezed into the back of my greenhouse.  Mostly shade.  It has been busy escaping its rack, and heading for the Nigerian walnut trellis...

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