vanilla beans

Helpful Tips to Getting Started Growing Vanilla Beans

DanSpecialty Crops, This Land of Ours

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Vanilla beans aren’t the easiest plants to grow. It takes some trial and error on your part to figure out what works for you. as a gardener, You also might need to make some adjustments based on your planting zone.

There are different varieties, each having a unique flavor and, as a result, pair better with different dishes. Some options include: Madagascar, Mexican, Indonesian, Tahitian, Indian and Tonga.

When you decide to grow vanilla beans its best to purchase the plant. Otherwise it could take up to 5 years to see your first harvest. Container planting is your best bet. Location is also key. Indoors is fine but the plant needs temperatures around 60°F and they like high humidity and bright, indirect sunlight.

Do your best not to overwater. And fertilize once every 2 weeks during spring and summer.

To produce beans, your vanilla plant will need to be pollinated by hand. And, once completed successfully you should see pods forming in about a week.

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