The Sonoma greenhouse has two Vanilla planifolia plants. I have just noticed two sets of buds on the larger of the two and it is exciting to watch them develop. The flowers will open one at a time. The flower is ephemeral and if I am there after 11 A.M. on the day it opens, I will have missed seeing it. It will be fading and gone by evening.
Vanilla planifolia grows in Florida, the West Indies, Central America and Northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, fragrant and needs bright light and can bloom any time of the year. The genus Vanilla (Vl) contains 100 species growing world wide in the tropical zone.