Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vanilla buds

When I was watering in Sonoma yesterday I saw a Vanilla flower. More exciting was that there was a string of buds following it. That means that the fact that I didn't have the camera with me did not mean a missed opportunity. Even though Vanilla flowers last only one day there would be more chances to get a picture.

The problem for me was the location. The greenhouse is very tall and with the bench between me and the plant I wasn't going to get close at all. Then I thought to look at the other Vanilla plant.

Vanilla buds

This plant had died back two summers ago and was smaller. This plant also had buds which were only about 6 feet off the ground and located where I could get to them. Normally I would wait until I had the flower picture, but this is just too exciting to wait.

3 comments:

  1. How exciting for you! How much light do the vanillas get?

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  2. They get a LOT of light and daily watering. They are against the south wall of the greenhouse with no shade cloth.

    I don't know what species this is. I'll post a flower picture soon, so maybe I can tell from that. Vanilla planifolia is what most people have in cultivation. I found a picture of planifolia buds that look different from these.

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  3. Neat. One of those plants for those lucky enough to have a greenhouse. Maybe one day...

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