Vanilla bean houseplant
koning at ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
Mon Aug 18 16:34:57 EST 1997
At 2:21 PM -0400 8/18/97, Bill Hintz wrote:
>I want information on the vanilla bean as a house plant and how viable
>the bean is?
Vanilla planifolia is a succulent orchid best
described as a vine. It prefers high humidity
and reasonably bright light. The plant flowers
in the winter in CT-USA in our greenhouses.
The flowers require hand-pollination under these
conditions to produce the fruit sometimes known
as a vanilla bean. These take awhile to develop
and then must be dried/fermented/processed to make
the item sold as a vanilla bean in spice shops.
I have never gone through the whole process, so
I'm not sure what it would take, but I buy my
vanilla from the grocery...a bottle lasts "forever."
Ross Koning | koning at ecsu.ctstateu.edu
Biology Department | http://koning.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/
Eastern CT State University | phone: 860-465-5327
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA | fax: 860-465-4479
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