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**Vanilla planifolia**, commonly known as the vanilla orchid, is a tropical vine that is grown for its vanilla pods. Here are detailed care instructions to help your Vanilla planifolia thrive:

### Light
- **Bright, Indirect Light**: Vanilla planifolia thrives in bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can inhibit growth and flowering.
- **Filtered Light**: Ideal placement is near a window with sheer curtains to diffuse the light. It can also grow under artificial grow lights.

### Watering
- **Moderate Watering**: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
- **Avoid Overwatering**: Overwatering can lead to root rot. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

### Humidity
- **High Humidity**: Vanilla orchids thrive in high humidity environments, ideally around 60-80%.
- **Increase Humidity**: Use a humidifier, place the plant on a tray with wet pebbles, or mist the leaves regularly, especially in dry indoor environments.

### Temperature
- **Warm Temperatures**: Ideal temperatures range from 70-85°F (21-29°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 60°F (15°C) and protect it from drafts and sudden temperature changes.

### Soil
- **Well-Draining Soil**: Use a well-draining, loose, and organic potting mix. An orchid mix combined with some regular potting soil and perlite works well.
- **Epiphytic Support**: As a natural epiphyte, Vanilla planifolia can also be grown mounted on a piece of bark or in a hanging basket with a sphagnum moss mix.

### Fertilization
- **Balanced Fertilizer**: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
- **Reduce Fertilization in Winter**: Fertilize less frequently during the fall and winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

### Pruning and Maintenance
- **Regular Pruning**: Trim back the vine to control its size and encourage bushier growth. Remove any dead or damaged leaves.
- **Training the Vine**: Provide a trellis, stake, or another support structure for the vine to climb.

### Repotting
- **Repot Every 2-3 Years**: Repot the plant every 2-3 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one.
- **Refresh the Soil**: Repotting also provides an opportunity to refresh the soil and provide new nutrients.

### Pests and Diseases
- **Watch for Pests**: Common pests include spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
- **Prevent Diseases**: Ensure good air circulation and proper watering practices to prevent fungal diseases like root rot and leaf spot. Avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent fungal infections.

### Additional Tips
- **Flowering and Pollination**: Vanilla orchids typically flower in late spring to early summer. The flowers need to be hand-pollinated to produce vanilla pods, as the natural pollinators are not present in most growing areas outside of their native habitat.
- **Support Growth**: Since Vanilla planifolia is a climbing vine, it requires support to grow vertically. This mimics its natural growth habit in the wild.

By following these care tips, your Vanilla planifolia should thrive and may even produce fragrant vanilla pods, adding both beauty and utility to your indoor garden.

Vanilla Planifolia - Vanilla Orchid

SKU: VanilOrch
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