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Vanilla is one of the tastiest spices on earth, which is why it should not be missing in any kitchen. Read here how you should best take care of your vanilla plants.Vanilla should not be missing in any kitchen
This exotic plant, which will also bloom beautifully in yellow after a few years, is ideal for a conservatory or greenhouse, where it can enjoy sufficient sunlight - if possible in partial shade. A variable shading system would therefore be an advantage! Vanilla plants are rank plants and therefore require a lot of space in height and width. This in turn speaks for an attitude in the winter garden. So that your vanilla plants thrive nicely, here are a few care tips that you should definitely take to heart.
Vanilla plants - 7 tips for care
Vanilla plants (potted plants) largely belong to the orchids, which is why you should use them in special orchid soil and supply them with orchid fertilizer (moderate fertilization approx. Once a month). However, they are generally far easier to maintain and maintain.
In principle, you should support your abundant growth - up to 1 meter annually - a little with climbing aids. You can also plant small plant cuttings (cuttings) in hanging baskets, from where they then grow down.
For free-range keeping, the vanilla is only conditionally suitable in the warm summer months - therefore you should not place the vanilla in the direct sun. Otherwise, the room temperature should not fall below around 20 degrees (in the winter months) to 25 degrees all year round.
Vanilla plants also love a very high humidity (approx. 70 percent). You can achieve this high humidity with the help of a water atomizer - simply spray the plants several times a day.
When watering with warm, if possible decalcified water (e.g. rainwater), make sure that vanilla plants receive plenty of water, but that no waterlogging in the pots is allowed. Otherwise there is a risk of root decay, as is also known with orchids.
A vanilla houseplant can also easily bear fruit (vanilla pods) if you sprinkle it with a brush by hand. And the real vanilla (Vanilla fragans) even exudes its pleasant fragrance throughout the room.
You can harvest the actually green vanilla pods at the latest when they slowly turn yellow. However, over-ripening will cause the pods to split, which you should definitely avoid.
After harvesting, the vanilla bean must be dried warm and moist for several weeks (up to 4 months), whereby it becomes blackish before it can be used as a spice.