Vanilla bean orchid (Vanilla planifolia) is often known simply as "vanilla" because the seed pods from this plant are the source of the natural vanilla flavoring used widely in desserts and beverages.
Like many orchids, vanilla bean orchid is a tropical species that requires high temperatures and humidity to thrive. In its native environment, this vining orchid is an epiphyte that lives on a host tree without drawing nutrients from it. The vine clambers up to the treetops in a zigzag fashion, exhibiting long succulent lance-shaped leaves. Each blooming branch will bear one to two dozen creamy blooms, for a total of several hundred flowers on a mature vine.
Vanilla bean orchid is grown as a houseplant by serious enthusiasts who can handle the high demands of a plant that requires carefully controlled conditions and must be pollinated by hand in order to produce seeds. The vanilla orchid is not an easy plant to grow for beginners. Some previous success with orchid growing is beneficial. A greenhouse is also highly desirable, especially for gardeners who don't live in a frost-free climate.
Bright filtered shade. Good draining soil.
High humidity - once air roots have developed, this orchid will thrive.
Plants will only be sent out to you on a Monday & Tuesday to avoid plants being caught in transit over the weekend. If plants are ordered after 12noon on a Tuesday they will be couriered to you on the following Monday. Tracking numbers will be emailed out to you as soon as the package is picked up by our Courier and on its way to you.
Please allow up to three working days for North island delivery, three - 5 days for South island deliveries and an extra day for rural deliveries. Unfortunately, we do not ship to PO BOX addresses. If your plant(s) or any other goods have not arrived in this time frame, please flick Toni an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the plant in the photograph is not the exact plant that you will be receiving but a representation of the product. The plant in this photograph is for the purpose of building this website only. Due to the nature of growing plants, they will come in slightly different sizes and formation. Because of our approach to sustainability, we re-use pots where we can. Pot size may vary sometimes.