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Vanilla Planifolia spikes

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by vmijct, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. vmijct

    vmijct Clif

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    I was reorganizing and misting this morning when I noticed something on my Vanilla Planifolia. I've been trying to bloom one and make vanilla for 4-5 yrs! There are more pics but I could only upload 5. The plant had spikes all over it! Any suggestions on websites to help with guides to flower pollination, pod curing, etc. Pictures would be helpful. I'll document my successes and failures.
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  2. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Congrats Clif! It's not the easiest plant to flower.
     
  3. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Ditto what Jon said :D
     
  4. orchidkarma

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    Very cool! Good luck with the pollination. How large is the plant?
     
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    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    groovy!
     
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    Brant dazed

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    groovy for sure - very jealous
     
  7. vmijct

    vmijct Clif

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    Very large plant. I'll post plant pics later.
     
  8. JonP

    JonP all that Supporting Member

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    Cool! I look forward to growing some myself when we move to Hawaii for good. I look forward to your progress reports.
     
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    Congratulations! I have one of these, too, but have yet to flower it.
     
  10. vmijct

    vmijct Clif

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    Vanilla spike update

    Here's an update. Should bloom any day.
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  11. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    very nice.

    If you need some help figuring out how to reduce the size of your pictures, let me know. I am happy to help.
     
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    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    well done


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  13. vmijct

    vmijct Clif

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    How do I shrink the pics?
     
  14. nusbaum

    nusbaum Coal Raker

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    Very nice and very interesting; thank you for sharing!
     
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    vmijct Clif

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    Disaster struck. Bloom rot. Too much misting I think. Others are almost blooming. I'll keep you posted.
     
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    vmijct Clif

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    I have some vanilla 'beans'. About a 10-20% successful pollination rate. I think I was squeezing the flowers too hard when i was pollinating them. Much better success rate when I was gentler. Pics to follow. Now for the next step. Growing/curing the 'beans'. What a complicated process.
     
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    Very cool!! :)
     
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    vmijct Clif

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    Vanilla spike update

    Have several 'beans'. I was sqeezing the flower too hard when I was pollinating the flowers initially. Had better success with later pollination.
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the update.
     
  20. orchidkarma

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    Wow! Too cool! Thanks for keeping us in the loop. :)