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CITES export Appendix II Species
Large clumps of variegated vanilla. This is the species used for flavoring, etc. In order to flower these plants they need to grow up and horizontally, and need to reach about 15 feet in length. Very easy to grow.
Intro:This is the type of Vanilla that has the flavor extracted from the seedpods for flavoring. It is a great plant to grow up a post because it will climb everywhere it can as long as there is enough light. This plant grows naturally in several areas of the world such as South Florida; West Indies; Mexico and Central America to South America.Light:This plant prefers medium to high light conditions (2500 to 3500 foot candles). The Vanilla likes to grow up and sideways, so make sure you have plenty of room to grow it.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal.Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water as the mix approaches dryness.Fertilizer:We highly recommend using Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up.
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
Flowering:The flowers are fragrant, greenish yellow in color and only seem to open about half way. Repotting:This plant grows well in New Zealand sphagnum moss in plastic pots. You can divide the plant along the nodes (where the roots emerge from) and plant them into separate pots if the vine becomes too long.