Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla planifolia)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 25' - 100' in situ, grown as houseplant can attain heights of 6' - 8'
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: 8 to 10 inch long fragrant, slender, fleshy green pods, maturing to brown and containing thousands of tiny, microscopic seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Yellowish-green
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Toxicity: Other: Sap from cut stems may cause moderate to severe contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

A mature specimen with flowers

Discussion Threads about this plant
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Untitled by k20fourty Aug 3, 2019 10:51 AM 2
Mexican Vanilla Bean Plant by jennifermeri Jan 4, 2019 6:37 PM 4
Better change your plant tags...Philodendrons may not be philodendrons.... by Gina1960 Jan 20, 2019 7:47 AM 13
Gina's Orchids/Vanda in bloom, Myrmecophila tibicinis and more by Gina1960 May 31, 2019 4:59 AM 193
Has anyone 'mounted' an orchid onto another house plant? by purpleinopp Aug 22, 2016 5:58 PM 9
Good Beginners Orchid besides the Moth Orchid by Shy_gardener Aug 20, 2016 6:16 PM 36
website by drdawg Mar 30, 2016 8:03 PM 36
Let's see what else we're growing, 2016 by dyzzypyxxy Jan 1, 2017 4:46 PM 1,398
Our Orchid blooms in March 2015 by Ursula Apr 1, 2015 7:16 AM 289
Orchids exhibiting interesting growth, anything EXCEPT focus on blooms! by Ursula Dec 22, 2014 6:28 AM 54

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