Vanilla planifolia - Vanilla orchid...The Vanilla orchid eeek! The vanilla orchid is highly prized and quite difficult to come by these are beautiful trailing houseplants and can produce vanilla pods in the right conditions. Did you know that vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron! The flowers are hand pollinated, with an average worker pollinating 1,000–2,000 flowers per day!!! After eight months, the nearly ripe fruits are harvested and dipped in hot water to stop further ripening and are then sun-dried for five months. so bear that in mind next time you have your favorite vanilla ice cream. In our normal household environment, it would be rather tricky to get these to produce pods as they need perfect conditions, I have kept one back to grow in my grow house to see if I can get her to produce pods.
Care: Light -Place your vanilla plant in a spot where she will receive direct sun from morning to noon and bright shade from noon to evening. In the wild, the vanilla orchids are normally exposed to light that is filtered down through the forest canopy. Watch out for direct sunlight. Water and humidity - Keep the soil medium and structure moist this will help to keep the plant is developing "air roots" that draw moisture from the air. (If these start to dry increase humidity) Allow the potting mix to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root diseases, but maintain high humidity in the environment. Feed your vanilla orchids ½ teaspoon of fertilizer every two weeks.
Size: Pot Diameter 12cm - Total height is approximately 40cm
Toxicity: considered non-Toxic to pets and humans - But keep out of reach of pets and young children
Feeding: General, the majority of houseplants should be fed every 2nd watering during the growing season (Spring and Summer), for me, it's about which every 14 days. In autumn and winter, I feed less, as indoor plants will require fewer nutrients.