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Old 07-11-2018, 11:52 PM #41
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yayyy you got fruit man!

This is awesome!! You inspired me to have my first go at growing a Vanilla planifolia about 5 long years ago but it was eaten by spidermite that came in on a frickin banana.. I spent 4 months in the hole fighting the borg man in the end I napalmed my whole world and the toxic purple winter that followed finished the job, they were never to be seen again after, neither was I. I'd changed

Ahem and now i'm having another go. I have a 2' long vine in my veg box for the extra humidity. Can I please pick your brains C?

They actually seem kinda hardy if you get them in a place they're happy enough with, and that is spidermite free.

So they can take low-medium soil strength once rooted in nicely in a weaker mix so long as it's airy? I was thinking mixing some canna terra with orchid bark/soil and add like a 5-10% mix of bat guano, castings, and biochar.

Do you raise the humidity at all for them? I read that the flowering is mainly instigated by changing conditions from cooler/more moist to lighter and dryer conditions?

I'm dreaming of making a funky flower room with a vanilla tactically hiding behind and around bananas.. God damn bananas are all in quarantine for the next year until i'm happy there are no fucking spidermite on them.. it's like aphids and roses..

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Old 07-12-2018, 05:12 PM #42
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Your soil mix sounds good as far as I know. It's pretty much the same as I have done. I've only ever had them in my living room so they have had whatever the RH has been in there. I have not once tried to change the humidity. I've never had spider mites on the vines. Even tho a couple of my baobabs next to them did. I did have a small problem with mealy bugs at one point. When I put my coffee plant next to the vanilla all of the mealy bugs slowly migrated over to the coffee tree. So I booted the coffee tree out into the garden and have not had mealy bugs since.

I've had banana plants before and they had huge problems with spider mites. Ended up burning those.

The vanilla like filtered sun light so it's been perfect having them in my south facing bay window. I have light coloured solid roll down blinds that I adjust to keep direct sun off them. Since I'm in the UK the sun doesn't seem too much of a problem. Maybe the last couple weeks have been strong. Most of the year the blinds are up.
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Vanilla pods now in the final stage, conditioning. Wrapped in wax paper and stored in some open test tubes placed in a wooden box. In this case still in the humidor. They will lose another 3% - 4% of moisture and will develop full fragrance. At the end the pods weight reduction from green to conditioned pod will range from 4.5:1 to 6:1 depending on the grade.






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Getting close lad. I personally have experienced growing on a screened porch or attaching vine to bottom of a shady tree I have had my best growth in high humidity
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Hey ! This is very nice project. I am really interested how turned that creme anglais ?
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