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Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable 
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Post Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
I had an idea last night, why not grow vanilla pods at home. They aer certainly a luxury item that cost and arm and a leg to buy.

I have heard that growning the vine is not too bad, so long as they have nice loose soil and the right amount of sun, but pollinating the flower is quite time consuming unless you happen to have the right species of bee.
But they can be done from the flowers growning on the same plant.

Has anyone had luck with growing this at home?
Any tips or should I just get a night job to pay for it in the deli?

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Brad


Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:02 am
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Post Re: Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
The vanilla orchid is a tropical plant needing specific conditions to grow, are tricky to pollinate and the curing of the pod is very involved and takes a long time. This is why they are so expensive.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:28 pm
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Post Re: Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
Cool. I might give it a miss until I have a bit more experience and patience.


Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:36 am
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Post Re: Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
You could just pop one in the ground now and by the time its ready to flower you might find you have the time to give it a ago.

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Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:07 pm
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Post Re: Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
On 25th Sept 2010 leonie norrington (Gardening Australia) shows how to plant vanilla orchids. If you live in a tropical area this would be worth a look. Apparently Perth zoo is growing a vanilla orchid in it's butterfly enclosure but it mimics tropical weather in there.... If you are really keen but don't live tropically this may be the way to go :D
Have never grown it but also read that flowers need to be hand pollinated but are only in a position to do so for a day. Can give you specifics from the book if you like.

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Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:32 pm
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Post Re: Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
We have had one growing in the shower for three years and it is doing really well,it is still in the original 6 inch pot and I reckon it would be quite a job to remove it. It has really strong roots attaching itself to the vertical tiled walls, it has not attached itself to the ceiling so am going to string some wire or similar across the top of the shower, it has not flowered as yet but an orchid fiend told me that it wont until it has about 5 metres of growth, it would be about 3 metres at present.

The bathroom is open plan 3m by 3m with the eastern wall all glass with the shower in the corner, one side glass, one side tiles, early morning sun then shade all day.

They are growing vanilla commercially on the Atherton Tableland


Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:04 am
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Post Re: Growing Vanilla at Home - Possible / Viable
Funny.
My wife would not find the amusement in having a orchid in the shower!
I might just have to buy it from the pro's!


Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:36 pm
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