Vanilla Bean Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Ana, CA
Question by tajsha_drury
February 20, 2000
Where can I buy vanilla bean seeds or plants, and how do I grow them?


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Answer from NGA
February 20, 2000

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Vanilla beans come from special orchids that grow in the tropics. You can try to grow these orchids indoors, but There's no guarantee they would produce vanilla pods. Vanilla bean orchid plants (Vanilla planifolia) are available through, Glasshouse Works Church St. Stewart, OH 45778-0097 614-662-2142 www.glasshouseworks.com

Orchids like a day temperature of about 70F during the summer and 60F during the winter, with a 10 degree drop at night. Cool nights are important to the health and flowering ability of your plant. Orchids require 10-15 hours of light each day, so you may need to supplement natural light with artificial light during the winter months when the days are short. Orchids like moist soil and appreciate being misted once or twice each day. To increase humidity around the plant, place the pot on a layer of rocks in a tray of water. As the water evaporates it will provide moist, humid conditions around your plant.


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