Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vanilla Orchids/ Pods

Vanilla Orchid Vines that had been running wild and uncared for bloomed this year in a few places. With Ken Bernard and Robert Wolaver's help we managed to pollinate some flowers. I'm hoping to propagate more vines this year and give them a little more tlc. The flower /pod above is growing in a Mamey tree in the main orchard. The photo was taken 3 months apart to show the time frame of pod development.
I like to think that since both their point of origin is Mexico they may have some symbiotic bond? The shade from the Mamey does let a lot of light in so maybe as with the Pitaya it is good for a overstory / understory cultivation regime

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