The Fruit of Vanilla - The Vanilla Bean
The first thing we would like you to know while potting and future cutting of your vanilla plants is that the milky sap is an irritant to skin so please handle it appropriately.
Your plants are sent bare root ready to pot up. Sending bare root save you in the cost of shipping because we are not shipping you the potting soil that you are already using for some house plants. There are times that your piece may not seem to have roots on it. Do not be concerned about that, they are ready to grow. Remove the bottom leaf or two for potting if they have not been removed already. We recommend that you use a large pot such as a 1-gallon or more. We started our cutting about 6 years ago in 18” ceramic pot with a single hole in the bottom. Place the cutting into the soil far enough that the point of the removed leaves is below the soil line.
MIX: We use about 1/4 potting soil, 1/4 coarse sand, 1/2 bark chips. One some we have used “Orchid Bark” and some we have used pine bark and others cypress much so you should be OK with all.
Growth: Make sure when you Vanilla grows it has a place to go. Ours we allow to grow all under our benches and up the backside of the greenhouse. Keep in mind that Vanilla likes warm weather and sun! If you are farther north then Florida you will want to consider adding light for a few additional hours a day to aid in blooming.
We found it most helpful to remove the lip from the flower to pollinate the flowers. It is a little different and with the lip gone it makes it much easier to access.
We'll add more later!