Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla planifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergVanilla planifolia - Vanilla bud photo by Richard LindbergThe 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.

8 comments:

  1. Pollinate them and then cure the pods!

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  2. That might be fun to do. Thanks for the suggestion. I have read about the curing process but I will have to review.

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  3. Are you giving this one away?
    Kathy

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  4. Kathy, I DO give away a free orchid from time to time but they are usually claimed within a day. Keep reading the blog and you will see the next one in June. I don't announce the exact date ahead. It is just "as the mood strikes" kind of thing.

    Are you growing inside? What state?

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    1. Yes I am in N.Y. new to growing orchids very excited..how will I know if it already taken?Should I watch post to see if you are giving one waat so I can claim it?

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    2. I'm in N.Y see other post I was just very excited about your site.. was not sure when you give them away but will keep watch in june thank you ..have 2 phals and 2 cattleyas doing well in east facing window indoors..

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  5. Yes, that's how to do it. The idea is the first comment saying they want it and is a first-timer gets it. Read the "Free Orchids" tab at the top for details.

    But since you are just getting started, get my email address and email me. We'll see what we can do!

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  6. Hi have have a vanilla but has not flowered yet did you do anything special? Its pretty big already.

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