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#1 User is offline   sher_na 

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 10:43 PM

I just bought a Vanilla Orchid plant few days back but i'm not sure how to care for it. It's currently twined round my old christmas tree trunk with its 2 ends expose to air. Should i plant one end with its roots in soil or just leave it as it is?? Also, can the plant be place under direct morning sun?
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Posted 20 March 2005 - 10:45 PM

where u got urs from?
Sianned just got one from Song Orchids when we were at LCK on Sat..
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Posted 20 March 2005 - 11:25 PM

I got mine last Thurs at Alexandra. There were 2 left. One had 2 large yellow fruits ....but i bought the other one with 2 bunch of flowers buds instead. I'm curious to see how the flowers look like when they bloom :grin: Actually i only just knew that vanilla is classify under the orchid family.
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 12:54 AM

The flowers according to online soruces are open only in the day for 1 day only. They open 1 flower per day in the morning and close by afternoon. If they are not pollinatd, no vanilla seed pod (where the flavouring is made from). The seed pods take like 9 mths to mature. THen have to undergo a drying and curing process for it to release the vanilla flavour.
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 12:57 AM

strong light and water :grin: dun't left it dry out :grin:

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 01:32 AM

Ian: mine is tied to a piece of wood and has its base wrapped in sphagum moss.....do I need to plant it in soil then?
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 08:18 AM

sher_na said:

I got mine last Thurs at Alexandra. There were 2 left. One had 2 large yellow fruits ....but i bought the other one with 2 bunch of flowers buds instead. I'm curious to see how the flowers look like when they bloom :grin: Actually i only just knew that vanilla is classify under the orchid family.


cool...
so theres one more left right?
hehe..
maybe can go down and see if they still have
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:34 AM

sher_na said:

I got mine last Thurs at Alexandra. There were 2 left. One had 2 large yellow fruits ....but i bought the other one with 2 bunch of flowers buds instead. I'm curious to see how the flowers look like when they bloom :grin: Actually i only just knew that vanilla is classify under the orchid family.


Wonder how much u pay for it?
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 04:16 PM

I got mine for S$20 ... The plant is about 1.2m long.

Wow!! I should have chosen the one with seed pods...the other plant has 2 large seeds pods....about 3 & 6 cm long...at least when they dry up, i can harvest it :grin: Homemake vanilla ice-cream will be nice :grin:

I'd make sure i standby when the flowers bloom...it'll be disappointing to miss out such a rare sight.
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 05:11 PM

so urs is the leaveless kind of vanilla?
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 07:00 PM

Here's my vanilla planifolia variegata plant

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/wenjie1237/Orchids/vanillaplanifoliavariegata.jpg
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 10:35 PM

Hmmm...yours look interesting...kind of like the money plant :grin:

Think mine is a different type. The leaves of my vanilla plant is plain thick green with no colourings. I don't have a picture of it now but will post it when i get back my digital camera next week.
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 10:43 PM

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so urs is the leaveless kind of vanilla?


It's not exactly leafless... It has fewer leaves than Sianned's but the leaves are freshy, larger and plain green. Think the plant is taken from the wild...cos it's got that typical wild look with dull leaves & tiny insect bites on the leaves
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 10:47 PM

ic..
when we were at song's ..
we saw another kind of vanilla plant that is leafless...
but supposedly has stronger scent..
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:01 PM

no no need to grow in soil juz remeber to keep the area a bit moist but not too wet if u have hoya u can water the same way lor.. :grin:

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:10 PM

sher_na: Your is probably the normal vanilla planifolia, not the variegated kind~
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:39 PM

Hmmm...probably so...can't really tell right now cos as usual...it comes without its ID... :hehe: It's an "Illegal Orchid Immigrant" like many of my other orchids
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Posted 22 March 2005 - 10:21 AM

try to take pics..
i am sure the experts here will help u.. :grin:
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Posted 19 May 2005 - 11:31 AM

Hm, I think $20 is very expensive for a Vanilla vine. The price here is about 20 cents Singapore per meter vine. And if you want the real V.planifolia, beware of local lookalikes. The famous V.planifolia is native to tropical America, But Southeast Asia has their own Vanilla species, many of them have no fragrant seedpods...... There has been times ignorant Indonesian farmers cultivate these lookalikes and cure the beans(pods) only to get worthless stuff. As for the 'real' vanilla, the seedpods are very much elongated. It should be up to 2cm thick and up to 25cm long.

Btw, Vanilla can grow as an epiphyte, but if u want a truly rambling vine, the roots must creep in soil or humus.
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 08:12 PM

Hey everyone, just wanting to restart the discussion on this particular thread.
I have a healthy growing V. Plainifolia plant at my house and It has been with me for the past 2-2.5 years.

The question is, how do I get it to bloom?
I know that people might say that it will never bloom as Singapore doesn't really have the right conditions but I would like to try nonetheless.
Does anyone have any ideas?

I understand that they will require a certain level of maturity to bloom as well, so apart from that, what techniques should i use?
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