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Vanilla orchid

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The source of vanilla, this unusual climbing orchid likes it hot, wet and sunny. Provide a tall coir pole or palm trunk to help it climb to its mature 3m height. Supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on.

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DESCRIPTION: Exotic climber/trailer with fleshy leaves and clusters of cream-green waxy orchid flowers which open for a day. Hand-pollinate flowers on mature (over 3m) plants to produce the long green beans which ripen and dry into the world-famous vanilla flavouring.
USE IN: Unusual indoor plant, or outside in tropical gardens over 15C
LOCATION: Plant in free-draining compost or orchid mix in bright or dappled light in the garden or indoors.
CARE: Mist regularly to maintain humidity if the air is dry. Avoid the sap which can be an irritant
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 3m H x 0.2m W.

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